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Blast Cleaning for Motorcycles – Behind the Scenes at SBL

Blast cleaning for motorbikes If you’re looking into options around blast cleaning for motorbikes, we can help. There’s nothing quite like getting on your motorbike and having the wind blow through your hair – under your crash helmet of course! A motorcycle ride does wonders to blow the cobwebs away and reinvigorate your love of …

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How We Blast Clean Wooden Beams: From Start to Finish

Traditional wooden beams have a certain distinctive character. But what happens when you want to give your property a new look? You call SBL of course! There’s nothing quite like the distinctive homespun charm of hardwood beams and structures within an older property. But when restoring an older building, there may come a point when …

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Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Blast Cleaning & Media

If you’re here, you’re probably curious about what goes into blast cleaning. Where did the concept of blast cleaning come from? When is blast cleaning generally required? What materials are used in the blast cleaning process? It’s all really quite interesting – well, we think so anyway! So let’s strip it all back to basics …

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The Zetland Lifeboat – Restoring the world’s oldest lifeboat

The Zetland Lifeboat What is the Zetland? Built in 1802 in South Shields, the Zetland life boat is the oldest surviving boat of its kind in the world. The Zetland is a clinker-built, doubled-ended rowing boat, 9.15m long with a 3.1m beam. She required 13 crew members, although she could carry 20 in severe weather.   …

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Car SOS – AC Aceca

Car SOS – AC Aceca Billed as the “most beautiful British sports car that no-one’s ever heard of” by National Geographic’s Car S.O.S., this AC Aceca arrived at our premises to have the complete exterior soda blasted.  As the shell is made of aluminium, our soda blasting technique works perfectly for this type of vehicle, as there is …

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Fire Surround

This steel fire surround is a sought after feature in many homes.  It was brought into ourselves to have the old white paint removed (and cobwebs…) so that it can be repainted and returned to its rightful place!    

Beams and Brickwork

Last week, we removed the paintwork from a number of wooden beams and brickwork to help freshen up a house currently being renovated locally. When we arrived, the beams were covered in black paint, and the brickwork marked with old paint. Before and After of the brickwork:   Roof Beams:           

Wedding Arch

This metal arch is used during Wedding Ceremonies, for the couple to stand in front of when taking their vows.  It’s also great for photo opportunities! After much use, the paint was looking a bit warn, so the owners asked us the strip it away so that they could arrange a new covering of powder …

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Nissan 240z

This Nissan 240z was in a very sorry state when it arrived at our premises.  Its owner has taken on the time consuming challenge of restoring it in its entirety.  We’re hoping for some updates soon, but here’s how it arrived and then left our Unit:     Once blast cleaned and primed: