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Everything about steel surface cleaning

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Steel surfaces are prone to the corrosive effects of rust, dust, grime and other contaminants that can come in during the manufacturing process.

Read more about steel surface cleaning at https://www.shapecut.com.au/blog/everything-youve-ever-wanted-to-know-about-steel-surface-cleaning/

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Everything about steel surface cleaning

  1. 1. EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT STEEL SURFACE CLEANING
  2. 2. STEEL IS SUCH A STRONG AND VERSATILE CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL THAT, TO MANY PEOPLE, IT MAY EVEN APPEAR TO BE INDESTRUCTIBLE. HOWEVER, STEEL SURFACES NEED TO BE EXTENSIVELY TREATED BEFORE THEY CAN BE USED.
  3. 3. RUST IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON FORMS OF CORROSION, AND PITTED CORROSION CAN MAKE WHOLE SECTIONS OF STEEL COMPLETELY UNFEASIBLE. Mill scale are the flakes of hot steel that sometimes occur during manufacturing that will fall away over time but get in the way when the steel is coated. RUST
  4. 4. GREASE, OIL AND DUST SIMILARLY GET IN THE WAY OF COATING SO NEED TO BE REMOVED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
  5. 5. THERE ARE MANY METHODS TO PREPARING STEEL SURFACES FOR TREATMENT, AND WE WILL DETAIL THE MOST POPULAR AND EFFECTIVE ONES. Solvent Cleaning is the first step in any steel preparation process. Entire steel sections are treated with a solvent such as acetone, which assists in the removal of mill scale, oxides and any elements of corrosion that have already appeared. A GUIDE TO STEEL SURFACE TREATMENT
  6. 6. POWER TOOLS, SUCH AS ROTARY BRUSHES AND GRINDERS AND EVEN NEEDLE GUNS ARE A REGULAR GO-TO METHOD FOR REMOVING DEBRIS FROM STEEL. These tools are particularly effective in corners or crevices where abrasive grit blasting is ineffective or impractical. For something more hardcore for structural steel, there’s Acid pickling. This method involves lowering the steel into a giant “bathtub” of inhibited acids designed to dissolve mill scale and rust. GETTING OUT THE HEAVY EQUIPMENT
  7. 7. A MORE FLAMBOYANT METHOD IS USING FIRE Moving an oxy torch over the steel causes rust to fall off or at least becoming dislodged for removal by hand tools later. It’s not the most efficient use of resources compared to other methods detailed here but it certainly is the most eye-catching. MOVING AN OXY TORCH OVER THE STEEL
  8. 8. WWW.SHAPECUT.COM.AU 1800 ShapeCUT (1800 742 732)

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