If you are trying to prepare your house or another property to achieve a smooth surface for the paint to stick to, you will need to consider smoothing the home’s surfaces. Sure, you can achieve a smooth finish with other means like sandpaper, but sandblasting has many benefits. Most notably, sandblasting is a quick and efficient way to smooth surfaces!
Of course, despite the benefits, knowing how to prepare your home for the actual sandblasting first is a must to ensure the final finish is a smooth one. So, here’s how you prepare your home for sandblasting:
Step 1. Clean the Surface
Cleaning the surface is the first step in preparing the surface for sandblasting. You may not need to clean the entire surface, but depending on the surface, you may need to tackle several other steps. For instance, if your walls are made of brick, you’ll need to make sure you clean off the mortar between the bricks, which will remove the debris and other discoloring items. If you are sandblasting walls that are made from wood, you’ll need to use a wood cleaner that’s designed to take off the dirt, marks, and other discoloring items.
Step 2. Wear a Mask
Sandblasting can cause dust and other particles such as asbestos to fly into the air. For this reason, you will need to wear a mask that will protect your lungs. Although wearing a mask isn’t required, it will reduce the risks of getting hurt.
Step 3. Remove the Fixtures
If you have fixtures on the surfaces, whether they are lights, fans, or other devices, you’ll need to remove them because you won’t be able to protect them properly.
Step 4. Cover the Surfaces
You’ll need to cover the surfaces you do not want to sandblast, especially if you are sandblasting walls. If you are using a drum or another machine to sandblast your home, you’ll want to protect the items that are along the sides of the machine, such as woodwork, windows, doors, and more. For this, you will want to place plastic over the surfaces to protect them.
Step 5. Protect Your Windows
We’ve said it before, but the sandblasting process can cause the glass to break. You can protect your windows by covering them with plastic, taping them along the edges, or using boards to prevent the windows from breaking.
Step 6. Protect Your Plants
We hope you have a green thumb, so if you don’t, plants require a lot of care. For this reason, you’ll need to protect your plants from the sandblasting process. If you have plants outside, place large plastic sheets over them. If you’re sandblasting your home’s interior, you can place the plants in other rooms.
Step 7. Cover Your Floors
You’ll also want to cover your floors. If you’re sandblasting a surface that isn’t on the ground, such as a wall or a ceiling, you’ll want to use plastic sheets to make sure it doesn’t get damaged. If you’re sandblasting the ground, place mats down or place sheets of plastic over them to avoid the dust and particles from reaching the ground.
The sandblasting process is a quick and efficient way to smooth surfaces. However, to achieve the smoothest possible surface, you will need to know how to prepare the home before you get started. For this reason, we’ve provided you with this guide on how to properly prepare your home for sandblasting. That said, we also recommend that you hire professional sandblasters to do the sandblasting for you. This ensures that the final results are quality results with which you can be happy!
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