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Vapor Blasting

Are you…

  • Looking for a better way to prepare your surfaces for painting?

  • Looking for a painter that will totally remove your old paint or coatings?

  • Dealing with surface rust or corrosion that needs to be removed?

  • Interested in an alternative to chemical paint strippers?

The quality of your residential or commercial painting project is directly tied to the quality of the surface preparation. This is one of our core differentiators as a Nashville painting company, and allows us to offer industry-leading warranties on our work.

Why is it so critical? Well, if you aren’t carefully creating a clean, receptive surface, your new paint is doomed to fail. It’ll only be as strong as the old products it’s applied over. That means it may look okay for a while, but it just won’t last as long.

As part of our commitment to staying on the cutting edge of the painting industry and process, we’ve invested in vapor blasting services. The benefits are incredible for your property, the environment, and the long-term value and performance you can expect.

What Is Vapor Blasting?

Vapor blasting, also known as wet blasting, is a surface preparation technique that uses water and an abrasive material to remove unwanted coatings, rust, or corrosion.

To unpack it a bit, think of sandblasting. You likely are familiar with the process of blasting a high-pressure stream of abrasive media at surfaces to efficiently strip away dirt, corrosion, paint, coatings, and more.

Vapor blasting offers many of the same benefits, but is easily controlled, can be refined for even delicate surfaces and details, and is much more efficient too. The key difference is that rather than rely on high pressure air alone, vapor blasting adds water to the mix (literally!). It contains the process and offers a natural cushion for the surface being treated.

Benefits of Vapor Blasting

Here are a few of the key benefits:

  • Improved surface finish

  • Increased paint adhesion since we can FULLY remove the old paint and coatings

  • Reduced coating failure, providing a clean surface for the new primer and paint to grip onto

  • No need for messy, dangerous, and expensive chemical strippers

  • Much faster timeline

  • Clean and easy to control

  • Eco-friendly compared to other surface preparation and stripping techniques

  • Clean, de-grease, and blast all at the same time

  • Even soft services can be “blasted” since water disperses the media into a gentler pattern rather than a concentrated cluster

Let’s provide a real-world example.

Here in Nashville, we have many gorgeous older homes. The craftsmanship and detailing are exquisite, with wood siding, trim, railings, intricate doors, and more.

When it’s time to prep this kind of home for painting, you can either manually scrape and sand the exterior, or apply expensive chemical strippers that eat away at the existing paint and then need to be scraped clean. It’s a time-consuming, messy process. Plus it requires the use of extremely harsh chemicals that some homeowners just aren’t comfortable with. You could sandblast, but that’s a bit like putting a piece of antique furniture on a belt sander: too rough and risky!

Vapor blasting would be the perfect solution in this case since we can dial in the pressure, type of media used, and carefully remove the old coatings. Finesse is required without sacrificing power and efficiency, and that’s where vapor blasting shines.

Applications of Vapor Blasting

We can do the fine, detailed work, but the applications don’t stop there:

  • Cleaning and refinishing surfaces

  • Removing graffiti and stains

  • Preparing surfaces for painting or coating

  • Restoring historical buildings and landmarks

  • Can be used on concrete

Our Vapor Blasting Services

The word “blasting” honestly isn’t our favorite. It’s an industry term but it makes the process sound uncontrolled, doesn’t it?

We approach your project with the details, your experience, and the results as our driving priorities, just like we do for any painting project. That means that you can expect clear communication every step of the way, plus careful job containment and cleanup.

We also have invested heavily in high-tech tools and team training to ensure that we can offer the best work possible. When you choose Nash Painting, you can rest easy knowing that the job will be done right every time, every step of the way.

Vapor Blasting FAQ

Q: What is vapor blasting?

A: Vapor blasting is a surface preparation method that uses water, compressed air, and abrasive media to clean and prepare surfaces for painting or recoating.

Q: Is vapor blasting safe?

A: Yes, vapor blasting is safe when done correctly and with proper safety equipment. We make sure to follow all safety guidelines and regulations.

Q: What types of surfaces can be treated with vapor blasting?

A: Vapor blasting can be used on a variety of surfaces, including metal, concrete, brick, and wood. It’s even suitable for softer surfaces that are vulnerable to damage.

Q: How does vapor blasting compare to other paint removal methods?

A: Vapor blasting is more eco-friendly and energy-efficient than other paint removal methods. It produces less waste and uses less energy, making it a more sustainable solution.

Q: What safety equipment is necessary for vapor blasting?

A: Proper safety equipment for vapor blasting includes eye and ear protection, respirators, and protective clothing.

Q: What type of abrasive media is used in vapor blasting?

A: It can vary depending on the specific application, but common options include aluminum oxide, glass beads, or garnet.

Q: How long does vapor blasting take?

A: The length of time for vapor blasting can vary depending on the size of the surface and the complexity of the job. However, vapor blasting is generally faster than other surface preparation methods because it is a one-step process.

Q: Can vapor blasting be used for residential and commercial applications?

A: Yes, vapor blasting is an effective solution for both residential and commercial applications.


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