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How To Prevent Coating Defects On Steel Surfaces

Coating steel surfaces can be a cost-effective way of protecting them from damage, but if not done properly, several issues can occur. Your coating may develop defects, such as thin patches, drips, and bumps, reducing its effectiveness and negatively affecting its appearance. So, how can you minimise the number of coating defects that you get?

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Soda Blasting, Shot Blasting, Grit Blasting, Abrasive Blast Cleaning Methods

Can Abrasive Blast Cleaning Be Eco-Friendly?

When you need to remove paint, rust, or other substances from industrial equipment, abrasive blast cleaning can be exceptionally effective. However, if you work for a company that's keen to minimise its impact on the environment, you may be worried that the process lacks green credentials. So, can abrasive blast cleaning be environmentally[...]

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Abrasive Blast Cleaning Methods

A Brief Guide To Bead Blasting

Many abrasive blast cleaning methods can be used to clean metal surfaces, each with their own pros and cons. In this post, we take a closer look at one of these processes – bead blasting – in more depth, so you can assess whether or not it meets your needs.

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Soda Blasting

The Advantages & Disadvantages Of Soda Blasting

Soda blasting is a method of light, non-abrasive cleaning that uses compressed air to blast aerosolised particles of sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda) mixed with plain water onto a dirty or tarnished surface using a compressed air pump. The pressurised soda mix is sprayed through a hose and left to dry (as with power washing). It's[...]

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Plasma Cutting

The Advantages & Disadvantages Of Plasma Cutting

Plasma cutting is a high-tech cutting method that uses an ionised, focused jet of gas to slice through thin sheet metal. An internal, high-voltage electrode in the cutter rapidly heats a compound gas mixture to over 20,000 centigrade when switched on. Shielding gas is used as a propellant and barrier to focus and move the induced plasma from[...]

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Steel Staircase

Why Choose Spiral Staircases For Small Spaces

Do you need to safely connect two floors yet lack vast amounts of space on either? Have you completed an attic renovation or loft conversion and want to move beyond using a retractable ladder to get in and out? Are you looking for a tasteful, efficient, yet unobtrusive addition for your commercial space? If so, a spiral staircase from GLW[...]

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Handrailing Fabrication

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose A Stainless Steel Handrail

At GLW Engineering, we frequently recommend stainless steel for use in staircase guardrails, handrails, and cladding supports. Here are five of our strongest arguments for having your next staircase safety handrail made out of stainless steel.

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Structural Steel Fabrication

5 Different Staircase Types Compared

When it comes to stairs, there are many kinds to choose from. But which one is right for your building? Different staircases contain different construction materials, form factors, and select quirks that subtly alter the ideal use of each. Whether your staircase is going to be public, private, indoors, or outdoors can also make a huge[...]

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Powder Coating

How Does Wheel Powder Coating Work?

Powder coating wheel rims is in high demand right now because it immediately enhances any car, especially older models. Many new motorcycles also come with wheels that are already powder coated. The technique is well established and for good reason. Not only does it look great, but powder coated wheels are easy to clean, have a high resistance[...]

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Powder Coating

The Powder Coating Process Step By Step

You will probably have seen the eye-catching results of alloy wheel powder coating. A customer may have requested it or you may be considering trying it for your next auto repair or restoration project.

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