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Powder Coating vs. Paint

April 17, 2018

In the worlds of aircraft, appliance and auto assembly, you’ll find a debate over whether it is better to powder coat or spray paint a…

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Porsche Auto Body – Blasted!

April 20, 2018

Another cool job brought to Finishing Systems for surface preparation readiness. Read More

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How to Choose the Right Abrasive for the Job

May 01, 2018

Abrasive blasting is the general term applied to finishing processes that entail the high-pressure propulsion of a stream of abrasive material onto the surface of…

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Tumble vs. Vibratory Finishing: Are You Using the Right One?

May 01, 2018

In the metal finishing industry, the term “mass finishing” refers to the ability to cost-effectively finish large quantities of parts at one time. Mass finishing…

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Sandblasting Material Guide

December 12, 2018

Sandblasting is an extremely useful procedure in a broad array of applications and industries. Whether a material needs to be cleaned, deburred, prepped for powder-coating,…

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Shot Blasting & Sandblasting: What’s the Difference?

February 13, 2019

Like many people, you might be confused about the difference between sandblasting and shot blasting. The two terms appear similar but sandblasting and shot blasting…

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Aluminum Oxide: Properties, Uses and Benefits

March 20, 2019

Aluminum oxide is a popular abrasive for etching and finishing. There are other types of materials that are also used for this purpose, but aluminum…

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Why Is Paint Stripping Necessary?

March 20, 2019

When you’re working with metal, wood and other materials, paint stripping is often an important part of the job. Whether you’re looking to repaint your…

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Glass Beads vs. Crushed Glass

April 05, 2019

Glass beads and crushed glass are both effective abrasives to produce a desired finish on a part. Glass beads are commonly used in a blast…

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Advantages of Turnkey Installation

April 23, 2019

From vacation rentals and real estate sales to home electronics and computer systems, “turnkey” has become a trendy marketing term for all different types of…

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Reasons You Need to Invest in a Quality Abrasive Blast Light

April 25, 2019

When you have lighting applications in abrasive blasting environments such as an Abrasive Blast Room, or other hazardous locations, explosion-proof area or similar area, it’s…

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Sandblasting Setup and Application

May 08, 2019

Sandblasting is a conventional method of preparing a metal substrate and material surfaces before applying a treatment, coating or other finishes. Whether you’re looking for…

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Detecting Defects in Surfaces and Surface Preparation

May 08, 2019

Defects in metal, such as sharp edges and welds, are a primary cause of coating failures. To avoid rework, loss of productivity and poor results,…

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5 Reasons to Buy a Paint Mixing Room for Your Business

May 21, 2019

Paint mixing rooms play an integral role in the industrial paint mixing process for many businesses. If you’re on the fence about whether or not you need…

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Uses of Conveyor Systems

June 06, 2019

For virtually every type of business, reducing costs and increasing efficiency is a primary objective. One effective way to remain productive and competitive in the…

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Robotic Abrasive Blasting on the Rise

June 12, 2019

In recent years, society has witnessed a rise in the use of robotics that has revolutionized countless industries. When it comes to abrasive blasting for…

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Metal Finishing Types: What to Choose

June 18, 2019

With all the details and decisions that go into manufacturing a product successfully, it’s crucial not to overlook the importance of choosing the proper metal…

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Surface Prep: Before & After Blasting

July 19, 2019

When you have a business in the manufacturing or industrial industries, Abrasive Blasting should be an important part of your daily operations. While sandblasting…

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Finishing Systems Finishes New York Jets Guacamole Bowl

September 19, 2019

On Sunday, September 8, 2019, the New York Jets went up against the Buffalo Bills in their first football game of the season. This may…

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Nu-Soft Steel Shot

October 29, 2019

A number of abrasives are used specifically for metal parts that are softer or more delicate than others. Naturally, these delicate metal parts need an abrasive that is both effective…

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Abrasive Blasting Checklist

November 21, 2019

Abrasive blasting is used in a variety of industries, from shipbuilding to the automotive industry. Thanks to abrasive blasting, businesses can efficiently prepare and clean…

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Centrifugal Wheelblast vs. Air Blasting: Which Is Right for You?

December 06, 2019

Which type of abrasive blasting operation is best suited for your application ? Both Wheel Blasting and Air Blasting propel abrasive media onto the surface…

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Breakdown of Industrial Process Ovens

January 06, 2020

Regardless of the end product, manufacturing is a process comprised of many different steps, all carefully organized to create and assemble goods with uniform quality….

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Industries That Use Metal Finishing

February 12, 2020

What is metal finishing? In the simplest terms, metal finishing is all about improving the surface of a metal component with a specific goal in…

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3 Benefits of Sanding and Grinding Booths

February 28, 2020

Installing a sanding and grinding booth in your business may be the easiest and most efficient way to remove coatings and to prepare objects for…

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Industry Needs for Industrial Washers

March 13, 2020

So much goes into the manufacturing of parts for machinery and other important equipment. One of the most essential but most overlooked steps in the…

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Sandblasting vs. Abrasive Blasting: What’s the Difference?

March 26, 2020

Manufacturers that need metal parts also need the surfaces of those parts to look a certain way and to be perfectly clean before use. In…

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How to Set Up Blasting Equipment

May 26, 2020

Sandblasting is a technique that prepares a surface for a treatment, coat or finish. Whether you need to remove paint, add decoration, leave a bright…

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Environmentally Friendly Metal Finishing Techniques

June 05, 2020

As eco-friendly processes have become more important than ever, the metal finishing industry has developed new methods for plating and finishing that benefit both the…

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How Does a Wet Painting Booth Work?

June 17, 2020

If your work entails painting on a large scale, you may have considered using a wet paint booth. These powerful chambers create an efficient, safe…

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4 Necessary Precautions for Keeping Sandblasting Safe

July 02, 2020

Sandblasting, or “abrasive blasting,” is the process of directing tiny abrasive particles with compressed air or water to create a high-velocity stream that smooths surfaces,…

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What Is Shot Blasting?

August 07, 2020

Many industries use abrasives to clean surfaces such as floors and equipment, and shot blasting is one of many abrasive blasting methods used for surface cleaning. Read…

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Guide to Preparing a Concrete Surface

November 20, 2020

While we often discuss using finishing processes on metal, they also play a critical role in concrete surface preparation. A concrete surface in need of…

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14 Most Common Abrasive Blasting Projects

December 07, 2020

When you need to finish or clean a surface or item, you must first prepare it by eliminating build-up and smoothing imperfections. Abrasive blasting is…

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The Ultimate Guide to Abrasive Stove Refinishing

December 18, 2020

If you have an old stove, perhaps a treasured family heirloom passed down through generations, it has likely accumulated layers of soot and tarnish over…

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Truck Bed Repainting: How to Turn an Old Truck Bed New

December 30, 2020

Drivers increasingly expect our cars and trucks to last a long time. The average age of a vehicle today is about 11 years, with many…

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The Future of Abrasive Blasting

January 15, 2021

Applying abrasive blast media to an object can eliminate imperfections, provide pinpoint precision and ensure a sleek finishing touch. As a bonus, abrasive blasting is…

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What Is Shot Peening?

February 08, 2021

Shot peening is a popular method of increasing a piece of metal’s strength. It does this by counteracting internal stress with compression. The effects of this process include reducing the…

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Powder-Coated Steel vs. Aluminum

March 08, 2021

When your business works with metal products and components, you need reliable ways to make them stronger and more reliable. If you manufacture outdoor equipment…

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How to Clean a Hydraulic Reservoir

April 12, 2021

When it comes to hydraulic reservoirs, manual cleaning and flushing are essential components of upkeep. To avoid operating problems and ensure a long equipment lifecycle,…

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What Do Industrial Ovens Do?

May 12, 2021

An industrial oven is a crucial part of any production process. Walk-in ovens complete heating treatments and accomplish other tasks for numerous industries — in…

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What Do Industrial Washers Do?

May 21, 2021

While industrial washers are typically an overlooked component of the manufacturing process, they are one of the most important machines in any project’s production. Washing…

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Abrasive Blast Rooms Explained

June 07, 2021

Abrasive blast rooms are a safe and effective way to prepare your metal for finishing. By using an abrasive blast room, your business can save…

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Benefits to Vibratory Finishing

July 16, 2021

As a common finishing method in the manufacturing industry, vibratory finishing is an efficient process used to optimize all types of small products and…

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Refinish Your Boats Properly

July 30, 2021

Refinishing your boat protects the hull from wind, water and marine life. You refinish a boat by removing old paint from the bottom and applying…

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Industrial Heat Recovery Units

August 13, 2021

When your work releases fumes into the air, having a quality air controlling system is necessary for comfort and safety. Industrial heat recovery units are…

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Abrasive Blasting Pollution Preventative Practices

September 24, 2021

Abrasive blasting, also known as sandblasting, is a cleaning or preparation process that entails forcibly shooting a stream of abrasive material against a surface. These…

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Using Abrasive Blasting to Clean Graffiti

October 22, 2021

If you’re a business owner, it’s imperative that you deal with vandalism and graffiti promptly. Removing graffiti might seem like a challenging feat. However, abrasive…

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Guide to Superior Jewelry Polishing

November 18, 2021

Jewelry polishing takes immense precision and attention to detail. As an expert in jewelry maintenance and cleaning, it’s up to you to provide solutions your…

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How to Recycle Abrasives for Blast Cabinets

December 07, 2021

If you use a blast cabinet for finishing applications, you can recycle your abrasives by sending them through the blast cabinets several times, literally “re-cycling”…

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Why Is Heat Energy Recovery Important?

January 06, 2022

Industries that use heat energy, like abrasive blasting, can implement a waste heat recovery system. Abrasive blasting equipment and accessories like an air replenishment system are…

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E-Coating vs. Powder Coating: What’s the Difference?

February 14, 2022

If you want to apply protective and aesthetic finishes to your products, you have many finishing processes to choose from. Among these, e-coating and powder…

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When to Use Starblast™ Abrasives

March 16, 2022

Handling Starblast™ media requires the right timing for the right applications. Consisting of a loose blend of coarse and fine Staurolite sands, this material is…

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Aluminum Oxide vs. Silicon Carbide

April 07, 2022

Blasting media is essential to product finishing for applications like stripping, cleaning and polishing. Two popular agents — aluminum oxide and silicon carbide — offer…

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Why Is Deburring Important?

May 09, 2022

No matter what industry you’re in, it’s important that your company produces accurate and precise results. When it comes to metal parts and machines, you…

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What Is Metal Finishing and How Can You Use It?

June 09, 2022

Metal is one of the most prevalent and important materials in the world. It’s in practically everything we use in the 21st century. Common metals…

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Abrasive Blasting vs. Power-Washing

June 29, 2022

A crucial step of the painting or refinishing process is preparing your project’s surface. For best results, your surface must be smooth and free of…

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Checking Vibratory Finishing Bowls for Wear

July 18, 2022

For businesses in industries that use vibratory finishing machines, conducting frequent inspections will help you succeed. Checking your bowl the right way at the right…

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Why You Should Avoid Media Glazing to Improve Finishing

July 25, 2022

Media is an essential part of the finishing process, and ceramic, plastic and sand media are all effective options for cleaning, burnishing, polishing and brightening…

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New OSHA Silica Exposure Rules

August 30, 2022

Exposure to crystalline silica has long been known to cause potential health risks in humans. OSHA has standards with reduced permissible limits to further protect workers’…

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Why You Need a Dust Collector

September 26, 2022

Warehouses, factories and other industries will often use machines that use abrasive materials or chemicals and paints that coat products. As the material breaks down…

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