Brilliant Sponge Blaster

The Brilliant Sponge Blaster is proudly designed and built in South Africa by an experienced team of mechanical engineers and artisans, with due consideration of the harsh working environment in Africa.

Sponge media contains different sizes and grades of abrasives for use on various surfaces.

The blasting machine is a fully pneumatical operating system, fitted with an air motor oil lubricator to lubricate the entire pneumatic system.

Regulating and adjustability specifications: The machine’s air motor is fitted to a gearbox to enhance the performance and efficiency of regulating the sponge media.

The machine is fitted with an air regulator, sponge feeder regulator and emergency e-stop. The two regulators and emergency stop make the machine safer and very easy to adjust and to monitor the blasting pressure and sponge feeding rate.

By controlling the blasting air pressure and sponge feeding pressure, one can control the efficiency and blasting quality.

The sponge-blasting tank capacity is 200ℓ.

The sponge-blasting machine is designed and fitted with rear wheels to make it mobile and easy to move around working areas.

Minimum air requirements: 11.35 m3/minute (400 cfm) at 7 bar (100 psi)

The sponge-blasting machine is originally supplied with a 30 m blasting hose, blasting nozzle and blasting gun. All blasting guns are fitted with a safety trigger that operates as a deadman switch. Blasting hoses can be extended to meet any customer requirements

Brilliant Sponge Regrader

The Brilliant Sponge Regrader is proudly designed and built in South Africa by an experienced team of mechanical engineers and artisans, taking cognizance of the harsh working environment in Africa.

Regrading capacity: The Brilliant Sponge Regrader delivers up to 600 kg per hour of high-quality, regraded sponge media.

The Brilliant Sponge Regrader is specifically designed to regrade various grades of abrasive sponge media.

The Brilliant Sponge Regrader is fitted with a 3-level filtering system: large debris, reusable sponge, and fine dust.

  • The large debris and fine dust will be disposed of.
  • Large debris grid has an aperture of approximately 9-10 mm, The dust sieve has an aperture of 2-2,5 mm.

 

The Brilliant Sponge Re-grader has a proven feeding action of sponge media, and the sponge does not flow over intermittent levels of the re-grader.

– The sponge media pass over a distance of at least 10 cm of vibrating grid before being fed out of the exit chute of the re-grader. This delivers a high quality re-graded sponge media.

Electrical specifications: The sponge regrader operates with a 0,18 kW (220-240 V – 50 Hz) electrical vibrating motor.

  • Centrifugal force kN – 2.07
  • Centrifugal force kg – 211
  • Closing force kg – 193

 

All Brilliant Sponge Regrader machines are designed and fitted with front and rear wheels to make them mobile and easy to move around working areas

Sponge Blasting

What Is Sponge Blasting?

From delicate cleaning to aggressive coating removal, Sponge Blasting provides an almost dust-free solution to sand blasting. Using closed-cell urethane sponge granules which contain an abrasive aluminium oxide, it is a dry, safe and low-dust process to strip exterior paint or create a profile on a steel surface.

How Does Sponge Blasting Work?

  • Compressed air propels sponge media to the surface.
  • Upon impact, sponge media absorbs collision energy and flattens on the surface. When the abrasive aluminium oxide is exposed to the surface, the contaminants are removed. The coating is removed, leaving the required profile on the substrate.
  • The sponge media entraps most airborne dust.
  • Sponge media contains different sizes and grades of abrasives for use on various surfaces.
  • Dry Ice International’s professional blasting technicians will carefully select the best sponge media to comply with client–specific requirements.
  • Air requirements: 11.35 m3/minute (400 cubic feet per minute) at 7 bar (100 psi).

Power Stations and Sub Stations

Power stations require a non-conductive, environmentally responsible cleaning process which allows for equipment to be cleaned in-situ.

General Maintenance

Removing rust on steel surfaces creates a desired profile prior to the application of paint.

Vehicle Restoration and Panel Beaters

Removing rust prepares steel surfaces for painting of bodywork.

Civil Engineering

Removing process stains, graffiti, environmental pollutants and soot from concrete buildings, bridges and other structures means sponge blasting is an excellent method for cleaning building façades and for interior refurbishing.

Aerospace

Aircraft maintenance specialists use sponge blasting to remove paint coatings, layer-by-layer, without damaging sensitive metallic or composite substrates.

Nuclear Power Generation; Reactor Coolant Piping and Turbine Rotors

Ideal for nuclear decontamination and general industrial coating and rust removal.

  • Low dust emissions.
  • Low ricochet and clear visibility.
  • Reduced need for dust suppression and on-site dust extraction.
  • Greater operator safety – low abrasive rebound, low dust.
  • Dry surface preparation.
  • Enhanced surface cleaning and chloride removal from steel.
  • The option to create a surface profile of 5-100 microns on steel.
  • Replace mechanical cleaning tools for faster and easier treatment of curved surfaces with a near-perfect finish.
  • The process is dry and non-conductive, and therefore suitable for use on electric motors and electrical circuitry.
  • The sponge media is 95% recyclable, providing the following benefits:.
    • Reduced waste
    • Simplified clean-up procedures
    • Simplified clean-up procedures
    • Reduced impact on the environment
    • Reduced waste disposal

GRADEPROFILE (MICRONS)APPLICATIONS
Chilled Iron100+Removal of the thickest coatings with greatest profile.
Aluminium Oxide 14/24100Removal of multi-layer coatings from steel or where greater profile is required prior to application of high tech composite coatings.
Aluminium Oxide 30/4070Removal of multi-layer coatings where a 75 micron profile on steel is required.
Aluminium Oxide 40/6060Removal of 2 or 3 layer coatings.
Aluminium Oxide 60/8050Removal of 1 or 2 layer coatings on steel or fibreglass or weld cleaning prior to coating.
Aluminium Oxide 80/10040For more delicate work on wood or stonework or on virgin steel for cleaning.
Aluminium Oxide 90/15020Selective coating removal where small profile required.
Aluminium Oxide 150/24015Selective coating removal where smaller profile required or for surface cleaning operations.
Aluminium Oxide 32010Selective coating removal on delicate substrates such as fibreglass or carbon fibre.
Aluminium Oxide 5005For very delicate cleaning on eg. turbines where minimal surface coating removal is required.
Glass Bead 60/1005For cleaning or cosmetic finishing where a shiny surface is required.
Pink Cleaning Grade5For delicate removal of contamination, soot, smoke, liquids etc from steel, concrete or stone surfaces.

Sponge Blasting Brochure

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We are on standby to attend to your Dry Ice Blasting needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

In case of a call out to your site, Dry Ice Blasting Services are equipped to provide the following: 

Industrial Painting

What Is Industrial Painting?

Dry Ice International has provided award-winning solutions streamlining the dry ice industry. Dry Ice International is the market leader in dry ice products and dry ice blasting solutions in South Africa. According to a recent market survey, the proven capabilities and scale of our production solutions, support operations and reliability have positioned Dry Ice International for continued success in the future.

It’s the application of surface covering: preserving, protecting and functionally enhancing untreated and treated surfaces and structures including all required pretreatments. Industrial paint has two purposes:

  • Provides a protective coating against chemical and physical attack
  • Gives the product a pleasant appearance that increases its value


Industrial painting considerably extends the life of objects and buildings. It contributes to the reliability, safety and availability of the painted surface and serves sustainability and the environment in general. Preparation is usually the key to long lasting applications. The process tends to be easier if paint was not applied previously, otherwise a removal of the existing coat is required, making use of sand, sponge or dry ice blasting.

Industrial paint can be used to protect metal, wood, and a variety of other materials and surfaces. Various characteristics depend on the ingredients of the paint and the performance specifications of the selected application. Application methods can also influence the quality of the paint coverage and determine how well paint will stick to the surface.

How Does Industrial Painting Work?

Industrial paint can be applied to various structures that can be aggressively cleaned. It is essential to blast before painting, because the removal of all rust is of supreme importance in providing a long-term corrosion resistance system.

Various paint systems may be used, including inorganic and organic zinc-rich primers and zinc phosphates, epoxies, epoxy tars, alkyds, acrylics, vinyl, enamels and polyurethanes.

Painting is done under cover to ensure that the blasted surface does not rust before painting. Blasted surfaces can begin to rust or become contaminated within 4 hours.

When surface preparation and painting is done outside, the clean steel starts to rust immediately, especially if humidity levels are high. 

Therefore painting needs to be done immediately after surface preparation in order for it to be successful and long lasting.

The overall quality of painting under cover is better due to less interference from the wind, dust, rain and general contamination from the environment. This ensures that the required thickness is accomplished within the necessary time span and that the paint dries without accumulation of dirt and dust in the coating.

  • Providing protection to various surface areas
  • Extending service life
  • Extending the life of your industrial assets
  • Improving the look of a structure
  • Cost saving in the long run
  • Low initial cost
  • Fast application
  • High transfer efficiency
  • Problems such as rust and corrosion can be prevented with the proper surface preparation and painting systems
  • Storage tanks, chemical tanks, and water tanks – inside and out
  • Farm tanks
  • Towers and water towers
  • Silos, grain silos and cement silos
  • Grain elevators
  • Factories
  • Pipelines
  • Pipes
  • Power plants
  • Tugboats, ships and barges

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