DCI’s Blasting Experience, Expertise Unmatched By Competition

What makes DCI different from our blasting competition? That’s a pretty easy question to answer.

As we tried to explain in our last blog, we have the experience to know exactly what type of blasting material (media) is needed for the job at hand.

For example, DCI recently helped restore historic properties in Minneapolis and St. Paul. In both of those instances, we blasted using Black Diamond (coal slag) media under high pressure to remove both lead based paint and non-lead paint.

We selected that blasting medium after studying the paint on the surfaces of what needed to be cleaned.

There are also instances where we blasted glass beads to clean or restore a surface, as well as a high-pressure soda blast using baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).

Baking soda? Yes, common baking soda has — over the past several years — emerged as an environmentally-friendly alternative to sand blasting as a way to clean various surfaces.

There are several reasons for this. The primary benefit of blasting with baking soda is that it’s 100 percent biodegradable. It’s also non-abrasive, won’t pit surfaces (if applied properly) and can be utilized safely on multiple materials and surfaces.

Sand blasting — which works very quickly to remove paint, for example — has been known to damage surfaces due to its high abrasion. It also creates excessive heat from impact, which may warp or deform the surface being treated.

Whatever media DCI would choose to use, people should always remember that we use state-of-the-art equipment to make sure that material is applied properly. Blasting pressure too high? We adjust to make sure underlying surfaces are not damaged or destroyed.

The bottom line: We know our media, we know our equipment and through years of experience, we know what to do to provide the best — and responsible — service to our customers.