Sandblasting is a process that has been around for centuries, and with the advent of new technologies and improvements, its popularity continues to grow. This article will discuss the factors that can affect the total cost of sandblasting various surfaces such as concrete driveways, automotive parts, marine boats etc, the type of sanding grit being used in Australia.
What does it cost to get something sandblasted?
The cost of sandblasting depends on the following factors:
- Thickness of coating or corrosion to be removed
- The thicker the coating (eg powder coating) the more time it takes to remove compared to light mill scale removal
- Geographic location
- Customers in remote areas have to pay a premium if there are no suitable sandblasting businesses nearby
- Portability of object
- If the object can be transported, the cost is reduced compared to a fixed object such as a bridge that has to be encapsulated
- Profile desired to be achieved on the substrate
- A deeper profile takes longer to blast.
The equipment required, environmental cleanup costs and occupational safety such as safety boots, clothing, gloves and breathing apparatus, adds to the cost.
The average cost for wet sandblasting a medium sized car is approximately $3000 – $4000. Carrying out that work would take a good part of the day, depending on the thickness of the corrosion and coating.
Unlike interior walls, type and condition of surface, which tend to be relatively smooth in texture, exterior surfaces have a much rougher texture due to weathering and exposure over time. The type of grit used will depend on how rude the surface has become – more refined grains such as glass beads or aluminium oxide (Alumina) work best for removing layers from smoother surfaces. In contrast, coarser sands like garnet may need to be applied first if the surface has become very worn.
The Sandblaster cost depends on many factors, including:
– How much square footage do you have
– Do you need stripping or cleaning services?
– Does it require scaffolding or asbestos removal before sandblasting can begin?
– Sandblast price per hour
These prices should only be used as a guide for pricing. It’s best to contact companies in your area for more accurate quotes.
Sandblasters charge by either weight, volume or foot, with an hourly rate usually included. Sandblasters will also charge by the project – this means they’ll provide you with a quote for multiple sandblasting jobs in your area, and that price is usually based on how many hours it takes to complete that work (including travel time).
Preparation & Permits
If you live in a conservation area where sandblasting is not allowed, this may affect the type of grit used and, therefore, the total cost. For example, an exterior wall needs to be done, requiring coarser grains like garnet or river sand (which are usually only available for outdoor use). Permits should also cover these types of abrasives as they can damage brickwork over time.
Other factors affecting price include the number of coats, interior or exterior work, any prep-work needed before starting, and location/distance from the company carrying out the work. Location Sandblast costs vary depending on what part of the country you live in. For example, sandblasting prices are usually higher than in some regions because it’s more expensive to hire equipment, and there may not be any companies offering this service nearby.
When comparing different quotes, make sure that all parties involved (i.e. company offering service; customer/potential client) adhere to current industry standards and any relevant regulations that apply in your area, for example, Safe Contractor. This ensures both safety of workers carrying out work plus peace of mind for clients hiring them too!
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