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Shot Blasting: What it is and How it Works

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Here at Ample Epoxy Systems, we want to help you keep your concrete floors in the best possible condition, and that includes preparing them for a new finish. To do this, our team employs a number of techniques, one of which is known as shot blasting.

Shot Blasting: What it is and How it Works

Starting with the basics, shot blasting is a process used to finish surfaces such as concrete, or to prepare them to take a layer of another finish material. In this process, small metal or mineral pellets, called blast media, are thrown onto the work surface at high speeds (often 100 meters a second or greater), and the force of the impact of the blast media on the work is what smooths it or creates the other desired effect. Our team has extensive experience using this technique, and you can count on us to deliver the top-notch results you are looking for.

The two main varieties of shot blasting are air blasting and turbine blasting. Air blasting, as you can guess from the name, uses compressed air to generate the necessary force to accelerate the blast media onto the work surface, and it can be used for both very gentle and highly aggressive applications. In contrast, turbine blasting uses the rotational force generated by a turbine to throw its blast media, and is best suited for applications where sustained, heavy force is required.