Vapor Blasting with Plastic in Nashville

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Our vapor blasting conversation continues! In case, you’ve missed it, so far we’ve discussed two different types of media and the benefits of each:

Today, let’s take a closer look at how and why plastic can be a good media for your vapor blasting project.

What is Plastic Media Vapor Blasting?

Time for a quick recap.

Vapor blasting, also known as wet abrasive blasting, is a surface treatment process that combines water, abrasive media, and compressed air to create a powerful cleaning force. As we mentioned above, the media you choose should be strategically matched to your substrate, its age and condition, existing coatings, and your overall goals.

Plastic media is a gentle yet effective abrasive that can remove contaminants from various surfaces without causing damage, making it an ideal choice for projects requiring a more delicate touch. For example, removing paint from the ornate balusters of a 120-year-old front porch calls for a very different approach than stripping old paint off a concrete block wall.

Benefits of Plastic Media Vapor Blasting

  1. Gentle cleaning. Plastic media is non-abrasive and soft, making it ideal for cleaning and restoring a wide variety of surfaces, all while preserving their original appearance and integrity.

  2. Paint removal. It's perfect for gently but effectively removing paint from siding, brick, stucco, and more. Even delicate features like window frames, ornate architectural elements, and antique items can be prepped for paint without risking damage.

  3. Mold and dirt removal. Almost like the ultimate power wash, plastic media vapor blasting can be used to gently remove mold, dirt, and other contaminants. It can even be used for cleaning outdoor furniture, wooden decks, and fences without scarring or damaging the wood.

  4. Eco-friendly. Plastic media is non-toxic and can be recycled, making it an environmentally friendly choice too. The use of water in the process also helps reduce dust and airborne particles, contributing to a cleaner and safer process overall.

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Q: Can plastic media vapor blasting damage the surface being cleaned?

A: Plastic media is gentle and non-abrasive, which means it is unlikely to cause damage to delicate surfaces. However, it is essential to have a professional assess the surface and choose the right pressure and technique for the specific application to ensure the best results.

Q: How does plastic media vapor blasting compare to other abrasive media?

A: Plastic media is softer and gentler than sand, glass beads, or aluminum oxide. This makes it an ideal choice for cleaning and restoring delicate surfaces that could be damaged by more aggressive media.

Q: How long does it take to complete a plastic media vapor blasting project?

A: The time it takes to complete a plastic media vapor blasting project depends on several factors, including the size of the area to be cleaned, the level of contamination, and the type of surface being treated. A professional painting company with experience in vapor blasting can provide you with an estimated timeline for your project based on these factors.

Have more questions? Contact us at Nash Painting! We’d be happy to discuss your project needs with you in more detail.