Metals may be tough materials, but give it some time and exposure to different things, and they will surely corrode. You can say goodbye to all your metals such as structural steelwork, car parts, or bicycles when corrosion happens.
Rust is the worst enemy of metals. To keep your metals safe from corrosive agents, you can prepare your metals for long-term preservation using sandblasting. Corrosion experts in New Zealand such as Euro-Blast NZ Ltd can help you with your corrosion and sandblasting needs.
Sandblasting, or abrasive blasting, is a process that smoothes, roughens, or shapes a surface. It also helps in removing or cleaning the surface of dirt and other foreign materials. Sandblasting involves fine sand or another highly abrasive material, and compressed air. The air is used to “blast” or propel the abrasive material onto the surface. Besides sand, other sandblasting materials are garnet, steel shot, and glass beads, among many others.
You can have your metals protected through sandblasting, but you can also use non-abrasive blasting. Of course, there are also many other ways to keep your metal from rusting or corroding. One example is arc spray galvanising. This process uses melted zinc or some alloys to cover the metal. When hardened, the zinc or alloys will serve as a coating.
Now, once the metal is prepared, whether through sandblasting or arc spray galvanising, you can go on ahead and have your metal coated with primer paint. Primer paint can be a great help for long-term metal preservation. Primers keep the metal from gathering moisture and other corrosive agents.
Lastly, you can finally add one or two top coats. The top coat will serve as the bond that keeps the primer from losing its protective qualities. Depending on the environment and on your preferences or requirements, different combinations of top coats will be used for your metal.
Follow these steps, and you can be sure that any of your metal equipment or materials will last for long periods of time.