Latest before & after comparisons of a recent fire restoration project.
Abrasive blasting is extremely useful in the fields of historic restoration. At the beginning of this year, we blasted and painted a historic anchor from the well-known Fort Scott National Cemetery.
Fort Scott National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in Fort Scott, in Bourbon County, Kansas. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 21.8 acres, and as of 2014, had more than 7,000 interments. It is one of three national cemeteries in Kansas (Wikipedia).
Blast It Clean believed in building a clean culture. A large part of this was the restoration and recovery of historic objects. The Midwest region had a profound history of explorers and pioneers and we took it as our responsibility to preserve these historic objects.
After preparing the surface with Black Beauty coal slag blasting, our team applied a three-coat system which included a Zinc Primer, Macro Poxy 646 as an intermediate coat, and Top coating the surface with Acrylon HS 218. Acrylon is a urethane that will help deflect any daily elements the anchor is exposed to such as sun, rain, or snow. The high gloss finish also gives a great curb appeal to anyone passing through the area.
“This is a special project. By special, we are saying it is culturally and historically valuable. We need to be very careful with the surface, the color we chose and the finish method. We want our coating to last as long as it can and look as good as it should be.” Said Jake Liles, our Project Manager.
To show our support for the preservation of historic sceneries and landmarks, we offered this service free-of-charge, where the Fort Scott National Cemetery was only responsible for the cost of paint.
This historic anchor had special meaning to the cemetery. According to the Fort Scott Tribune, the anchor was built as part of the granite monument which honored United States Navy veterans. The monument located inside the Monument Circle at the Fort Scott National Cemetery.
“The monument honors the service and sacrifice of the many sailors and Navy airmen buried there, as well as those to be interred in future years.” Said Daryl Roller, a U.S. Navy veteran formerly of Fort Scott.
Now that the anchor is blasted and painted with a gloss finish, it will return to the Fort Scott National Cemetery and continue to honor those who gave their lives to the nation. The members of Blast It Clean cannot wait to see the anchor being returned to the monument.
If you have a historic landmark that requires restoration, fill out the contact form here or give us a call at (877) 379-4233.
Black Beauty coal slag blasting project done at our main location in KCMO. Read more on how Black Beauty coal slag is efficient on projects of this scale.
Dry ice cleaning provided by Blast It Clean was a much-needed solution when the rain and moisture brought out mold issues in the wood structures. Dry Ice Cleaning is also frequently required by mold remediation projects.
From October 2018 to November 2018, Blast It Clean participated in a restoration project and offered our dry ice cleaning specialty in mold remediation, fully removing the mold leaving the wooden structure in like new condition.
The photo above showed a before/after comparison of the ceiling structure. On the left, we could clearly see the mold between the wood ceiling structures. On the right, we proudly display the successful result of dry ice cleaning.
The restoration team was lead by Jake Liles, one of our experienced project managers.
“Dry ice cleaning is by far the most effective, environmentally-friendly solution for mold removal. It is also the safest way.“ Said Jake.
The project included all surfaces in the structure, including the 2” x 4” studs, decking, Joist, and Joist Decking. Our crew blasted over fifteen thousand sq ft of floor surface using dry ice. The total surface that required mold remediation was more than fifty-six thousand sq ft.
Upon the completion of Dry ice Blasting, the Blast It Clean team carried out a fully detailed cleaning. The cleaning included broom sweeping and a HEPA vacuuming process.
Blast It Clean partnered up with Servpro of Olathe/Lenexa, a franchisor of disaster recovery services on a fire restoration project in the state of Missouri. Blast It Clean completed a full containment process prior to blasting the interior and exterior walls, ceiling decking, and joists of the structure using the baking soda blasting process. The scope of this project covered all areas damaged by soot or char, exterior soot touch-ups around the corrugated steel, the other side of the burnt walls, and studs in the exposed room, in addition to a series of services Servpro performed.
These projects can include a lot of different specifications such as: lead based paint, minimal to zero dust exposure, historical renovation and overall integrity of the existing surfaces.
This project detailed blasting the brick walls to remove the existing paint without damaging the brick while also controlling the dust created from the blast process.
The project totaled over 10,000 square feet of concrete ceiling to be cleaned within a 2 day time frame. We completed the project utilizing a 3 man crew with 2 men performing dry ice cleaning.
Our team uses rice sized pellets of dry ice at temperatures near -109 degrees Fahrenheit, or -78.5 degrees Celsius. These particles are softer than sand meaning they don’t damage the surface they’re cleaning. It’s such a gentle method that it can be used to clean the dust off of books!
Dry Ice and Baking Soda were the two blast materials we used for this project. The Baking Soda would act to remove the soot buildup and deodorize the surface. For the areas where dust was a concern or no odor was present, Dry Ice was utilized.
The project is for the Pickwick Building off Ninth and McGee. For the Pickwick Building Renovation project we have worked for four different contractors on different methods of blasting and cleaning.
Given the log wood surface, we selected to use Corn Cob as the blast material for this project. We taped and covered the windows and additional areas around the home to protect them from the blast process.
This Historical Renovation Media Blasting project was successful in removing the paint and sealer from all the interior wood structures to restore the original wood surface.
Once the bottom section was blasted, we applied an epoxy primer to the entire section. The top coat we used provided an extra layer of UV ray protection to keep the tank color from fading in the sunlight over time.
For this interior warehouse restoration project, we converted painted brick walls and wood ceilings (surfaces that had required maintenance such as repainting, etc) to maintenance-free surfaces. The warehouse was very old and in need of updating.