If you’ve operated any trucks, trailers, or heavy machinery, you know these vehicles and pieces of equipment don’t stay looking new for long. Tough working conditions and exposure to the elements can quickly wear down the paint on your equipment and leave a collection of scars and scrapes, rendering your logos unrecognisable. That’s why Custom Quip Engineering’s clients rely heavily on our sandblasting and re-painting services.

Over time, the effects of the weather and environmental factors can take their toll. Surfaces get dirty and grimy, metal eventually rusts, and paint starts to flake or peel. But with the right technology and the right equipment, the process of restoration can become a lot easier. Read on to learn more about different types of surface restoration.


Also known as “abrasive blasting,” sandblasting is a surface finishing process involving the use of a powered machine (normally an air compressor and a sandblasting machine) to spray abrasive particles under high pressure against a surface. (Also read: Sandblasting for Beginners)

The name “sandblasting” comes from the fact surfaces are blasted with tiny particles of sand. As the particles hit the dirty surface, they strip off the grime and create a smooth and even texture.

Concrete, for example, is often sandblasted. After the concrete has been poured and allowed to dry, it’s treated with sandblasting to remove the excess surface material and make it smoother. Heavy equipment is often sandblasted which helps protect it against corrosion, disinfects it from hazardous and volatile chemicals, and gives it a finished, premium look. It’s a crucial step in surface coating preparation. 

Soda Blasting

Soda blasting uses specially granulated sodium bicarbonate which is applied at high pressure to remove contaminants and smooth surfaces. While it is technically used as an abrasive, many consider soda blasting non-abrasive because the sodium bicarbonate shatters on impact. This makes it a much gentler process than sandblasting or dustless blasting.

Dustless Blasting

Dustless blasting is a system that can remove almost any coating from almost any surface, without creating a huge plume of dust. It works by mixing water and an abrasive inside a blast tank. By introducing water to the mix, you increase the mass and energy the machine produces, while supressing dust.

Why choose CQE for your sandblasting needs?

CQE sandblasting is fast, thorough and can get rid of tough build-up in just a few hours.

Our diverse clientele ranges from those in the transport, mining, agricultural and manufacturing industries, who take advantage of the high level of service and workmanship provided by Custom Quip Engineering. Our sandblasting team use state-of-the-art equipment, safe products and work quickly to provide an efficient turn-around.

We pride ourselves on a high standard of personalised customer service and our ability to consistently deliver robust products built to meet Australian Standards.

Contact us today to find out more about sandblasting by CQE.

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