How to Remove Paint with Dry Ice Blasting
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How to Remove Paint with Dry Ice Blasting

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How to Remove Paint with Dry Ice Blasting

By Jessie West | July 9 2021


Dry Ice Blasting to Remove Paint

Dry ice blasting, also called CO2 blasting, is a paint removal method that relies on carbon dioxide pellets to clean surfaces.

Carbon dioxide, which makes up a small portion of the atmosphere, turns into dry ice in its solid form. Dry ice blasters take advantage of this transformation and accelerate the dry ice in pressurized steam. Delivering the carbon dioxide pellets at high speeds can remove paint from surfaces.

The Environmental Alternatives, Inc. team offers this service to meet your surface preparing and cleaning needs.


How Can You Remove Paint With Dry Ice Blasting?

Dry ice blasting is a versatile cleaning method that is ideal for a wide range of industries and applications. Along with general equipment cleaning and paint removal, it also works well for removing corrosion and coatings from various surfaces.

Regardless of the type of equipment you need to prepare, the CO2 pellets will go right through the contaminant layer. Once that happens, the pellets will turn into a gas, which will lift the paint away from the surface. This process easily removes paint, biofilm and oil from many surfaces.


What Are the Advantages of Dry Ice Blasting?

While traditional methods of removing paint can get the job done, many of them use dangerous chemicals and surface contaminants. Meanwhile, other processes can be harmful to the environment or create a significant amount of waste, adding additional time, effort and sustainability concerns to the project.

Dry ice blasting delivers exceptional results without many considerations associated with traditional methods. This technique is a surface preparation solution that uses no harmful chemicals on your machinery or equipment. Plus, the CO2 pellets are also non-abrasive and non-flammable, making the entire process less risky than other methods.

Overall, removing paint with dry ice blasting makes the entire paint removal process much more efficient, safe, environmentally friendly and cost-effective.


Abrasive Sandblasting Versus Dry Ice Blasting

Aside from the abrasive media, dry ice blasting is similar to sandblasting. The combination of intense pressure from compressed air and cold temperatures makes dry ice blasting one of the best methods for removing paint from many surfaces. The high pressure makes this process ideal for stripping paint away from hidden areas and small corners on our machinery.

Unlike abrasive sandblasting, dry ice blasting reduces the waste and cleanup needed after removing paint or cleaning your industrial equipment. EAI also guarantees your equipment will not be harmed after our dry ice blasting services. Abrasive sandblasting should not be used for electrical components or highly impressionable equipment. Dry ice blasting is able to effectively clean and remove paint from a wider variety of equipment due to its unique qualities.

Minimal cleanup and no damage to equipment make dry ice blasting a better solution than abrasive sandblasting.


Why Choose EAI for Dry Ice Paint Removal Services?

EAI has completed various dry ice blasting projects since we first introduced the technology to the power industry back in 1993. Since then, we’ve continued to deliver high-quality service and standards. Whenever you need us — even if it’s at night, on a weekend or a holiday — you can count on our team to be there for you and meet your deadlines.

Our dry ice, which we make on-site, ensures the process is safe. Aside from lacking harsh chemicals, dry ice deals no damage to your equipment, removing only the paint from your machinery’s surface.

Are you interested in learning more? Reach out by giving our team a call at 603-352-3888 or filling out our contact form today.