Anodisers Explain Why Metal Products are Bead Blasted Before Anodising


When bead blasting is used in conjunction with aluminium anodising, a more uniform finish and a greater durability are provided; excellent options for numerous applications.

There are many who may not be entirely familiar with the anodising process. In the most general of terms, this technology involves coating a metallic surface (such as aluminium) with a highly durable finish through the use of electricity. Due to robust protection offered, this is a popular finish for many products such as aluminium cans, climbing equipment and durable mobile phone cases.

The Addition of Bead Blasting
Another lesser-known process that is related to anodising is called bead blasting. As the name hints, this method involves “blasting” a surface with tiny spherical beads that are normally made of glass. However, the beads are small enough so that they will not damage the material.
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Bead Blasting a Vital Process for a Pleasant Finish of Aluminium Parts


Various metals, including steel and aluminium, greatly benefit from abrasive blasting, as the process improves upon the metals’ appearance and their resistance to corrosion. Once blasted, these metals can be coloured, masked, polished, or even anodised to create both standard and bespoke designs.

Abrasive blasting, often done with the use of abrasives like beads, aims to add a finish to these metals by removing small amounts of metal from the surface. Aside from improving the inherent qualities of these metals, bead blasting also produces finishes that are aesthetically appealing. In turn, these finishes are the top choice for architectural applications.
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Metal Finishing 101: Get to Know More About the Bead Blasting Process


Bead Blasting Services in the U.K.

Bead blasting is a service provided by top metal finishers and anodisers like Badger Anodising. These companies have the latest materials, tools, and equipment necessary to do the job efficiently and with the best possible results. They also use bead blasting as preparation for their anodising work, so you can be assured you get excellent workmanship that’s guaranteed to meet even the most stringent quality standards.
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Restoring an Old Car? Ensure a Thorough Cleaning with Bead Blasting


After thousands of kilometres of daily driving, even the cleanest engine will most likely be covered with crud. Oil leaks and grime combine to form a greasy coating on the outside of the engine. Now imagine how much dirt and grease must be cleaned off in trying to restore an old car. If you’re into collecting and restoring vintage cars, glass beading is a relatively inexpensive yet highly effective way to clean the internal parts of the vehicles, like the flywheels, cams, piston conrods and crankcases.
Typically, glass beading for any metal surface is a form of high-pressure cleaning, done in a less-damaging system than typical abrasive blasting. In the U.K., this is usually performed by professional anodisers, like Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd, which offer specialised cleaning, finishing and peening services that will leave all metal parts shiny and in a remarkable state.
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Bead Blasting Stainless Steel: Improving its Appeal and Properties


For many years now, stainless steel has been utilised by many industries and had been used for different purposes, including the construction of buildings. Although stainless steel on its own has corrosion and oxidation resistant properties, they could be better enhanced by undergoing bead blasting. Glass bead blasting not only improves upon the surface properties of stainless steel, but it also further increases its aesthetic appeal.
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Badger Anodising Offers Bead Blasting Service in Addition to Anodisers


Birmingham, West Midlands (November 13, 2014) – Applying various metal finishing or polishing methods before treatment allows Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd. to enhance and extend surface finishing apart from what is already provided by standard sulphuric anodising. In line with this, the company is now offering bead blasting services for clients in Birmingham, West Midlands as well as throughout the United Kingdom.

Bead blasting utilises fine glass beads blasted at high pressure using compressed air in order to clean metals such as aluminium, titanium, and even softer material such as silver and brass. In comparison to traditional blasting methods that use sharp particles, bead blasting does not carry the risk of damaging metal surfaces.
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