Abrasive Sponge Blasting
Murfreesboro, Nashville, and Middle Tennessee
Lucas Motorworks, Welding & Fabrication offers abrasive sponge blasting and cleaning services, an innovative form of blasting, micro-abrasion services, and surface/contaminant cleaning.
Sponge blasting offers unique benefits beyond those of traditional blasting, sandblasting, vapor blasting, wet blasting, or dry ice blasting.
What We Can Sponge Blast And Clean
Since abrasive sponge blasting has applications in most industries, it’s easier to start by classifying the material types that we can blast:
- Iron-based metals (i.e., steel, wrought iron, cast iron, alloys)
- Non-iron-based metals including specialty metals (i.e., aluminum, copper, brass)
- Masonry (i.e., brick, concrete, stone)
- Rock (i.e., granite, marble, quartz)
- Fiberglass (i.e., A-glass, C-glass, E-glass, AE-glass, S-glass)
- Wood (i.e., soft to hard woods)
- Resins (i.e., thermoplatics, epoxys, castings)
Abrasive Blasting & Cleaning Process
Review your item(s) and learn your expectations.
Create restorative or abrasive profile recommendations.
Create an estimate and a timeline for the blasting service.
Deliver your item(s) to us or we can safely transport them.
We have a viewing room if you’d like to watch the progress of your project.
Safe under cover storage until pickup or delivery.
Why We Recommend Sponge Blasting
Abrasive sponge blasting offers superior results compared to traditional blasting, sandblasting, vapor blasting, wet blasting, or dry ice blasting.
- Commerical & Industrial Machines
- Metal Frames
- Pressure Vessles
- Tanks, Fuel & Storage
However, unlike other forms of blasting, sponge blasting expands our ability to work with a wider variety of projects and substrates.
We Can Sponge Blast Sensitive Items
There are several options for sensitive or structurally delicate items. For example, those with a surface finish that needs to remain undisturbed. We may also choose from sponge media options infused with plastic abrasives and cleaning agents.
- Historic Statues
- Monument Rehabilitation
- Environmental Contaminants
- Graffiti Removal
- Lead Paint Remediation
- Efflorescence & Exfoliation
- Soot, Char & Smoke Damage
- Stone & Marble Cleaning
We’re able to remove minimal substrate with a focus on only smoke, grease, waxes, dirt, grime, and other contaminants. We can remove contaminants without damaging the surface.
We Can Blast to Manufacturer’s Specification
Coatings typically fail when your blast and recoat against the manufacturer’s recommendation. By knowing which coating is coming after abrasive blasting, we can return the surface back to the original (or proper) profile.
- Marine Applications (i.e Boats)
- Assembly Line Equipment
- Wheel Assembleys
- Heat or Cooling Exchangers
- Agricultural Equipment
- Safety Equipment
- Material Handling Equipment/Machines
Sponge-Jet blasting creates a surface profile that not only impacts future maintenance costs but sets the coating up for long-term success.
How Sponge Blasting Works
Using unique composite sponge media and a micro-containment process, the performance of our abrasive sponge blasting and cleaning operations delivers superior results. From the sensitivity towards statues and antiquities to the aggressive surface preparations of industrial machines, our Sponge-Jet system allows a renewed condition or appropriate surface preparations prior to the application of coatings.
Sponge Blasting System
There are four major components that make the process possible:
- Air compressor
- Feed unit
- Reclaiming unit
- Recycling unit
The air compressor generates air pressure and the volume of air needed to activate the process. The feed unit dispenses sponge media as a blasting or cleaning process. When the process is finished, the vacuum system “reclaiming unit” collects the dispensed media. The recycling unit sorts through the media for reusable product, and the process is repeated.
Sponge Media Options
We use one or more of the 19 different types of sponge media (aka composite abrasives) designed for different applications. Each with different “aggressive ratings,” cleaning profiles, surface specialties, and stripping characteristics.