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Aramsco Resources for Surface Preparation

Aramsco provides the equipment, chemicals, and tools which Surface Preparation professionals need to do their work safely and effectively. These supplies include:

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Shot blasting is an economical and environmentally-safe process for preparing concrete, steel, and asphalt surfaces for the application of coatings or overlays. Aramsco carries shot blasting systems that strip, clean and profile – all at the same time - while saving you time, money, and labor. Depending on your job type, size, and budget, Aramsco has the shot blasting system for you.

Ruwac Red Raider

Reduce dust and airborne particulates on your jobsite with a dust collector. Designed for heavy-duty commercial use, these machines have powerful motors and components strong enough to stand up to dust and debris. Blastrac dust collectors create safe work conditions, diminish operator fatigue, and minimize health issues.


Surface grinders and polishers are used for concrete cleaning, leveling and removal of mastics, epoxies, urethane, paint, sealers and other coatings. They can also be used to smooth out uneven surfaces on floors, or remove glues and mastics left over after old floor coverings are removed. Specialized applications include terrazzo, marble, or granite polishing, and decorative concrete applications.


Scarifiers are versatile surface preparation tools used for concrete, asphalt and steel surfaces. Ideal for the painting or flooring contractor hired to apply, remove, or repair a coating on a concrete floor. Scarifying can help achieve the proper surface preparation and correct surface profile that is critical to a successful and long-lasting coating job. They are also very useful for repairing common slab problems: curled joints, high spots, uneven slabs, burned areas from over-troweling, trowel marks and other damage due to weather.


Scraping machines remove flooring materials easier, faster, and more effectively than traditional hand scrapers or jack hammers. And with specialized attachments you can remove everything from floor coverings to thick coatings to waterproofing membranes. Ride-on scrapers can cover large areas quickly while providing a comfortable ride for the operator.


The purpose of stripping a floor is to remove old layers of finish from the floor. Stripping a floor can be a quick and clean procedure if you have the correct tools for the job. Using a powered stripping machine reduces time and labor as compared to using more manual methods. Floor strippers can be customized to your particular job by using a variety of blade options.

What is Surface Preparation?

Surface Preparation is the process of removing preexisting coating(s), residue, organic matter, oxidation, or other contaminants from a surface, and it can range from a basic wipe-down or sanding to a total stripping, using tools and equipment designed specifically for the surface and coating at hand. The surfaces being prepped are usually steel, concrete, metal, wood, and plastic or aluminum, and can include floors, walls, decks, countertops, walkways, or roads. Coatings and contaminants that are removable include paint, oil, dust, mold, or rust. Surface Preparation requires special planning and evaluation of potential hazards before work can begin.

Where Surface Preparation Happens

Steel Preparation

  • Oil Refinery Tank Farms
  • Oil Rigs
  • Municipal Water Towers
  • Wind Towers
  • Ship Yards
  • Pipeline

Concrete Preparation

  • Factories &
    • Concrete Grinding
      & Shotblasting
    • Crack Repair
    • Scraping
    • Polished Concrete
  • Residential
    • Polished Concrete
    • Garage Floors
    • Decorative Cuts
  • Bridges & Highways
    • Surface Preparation
    • Striping &
      Marking Removal
  • Airports & Runways
    • Surface Texturizing
    • Line Stripe Removal
    • Rubber Removal

Why prepare a surface?

Proper surface preparation is essential for the success of any protective coating system. The purpose of surface preparation is to remove all contaminants that can interfere with adhesion, and to develop a surface roughness to promote a mechanical bond. This ensures that a coating has maximum adhesion. The performance of any paint coating is directly dependent upon the correct and thorough preparation of the surface prior to coating. The most expensive and technologically advanced coating system will fail if the surface preparation is incorrect or incomplete.

Surface Preparation Methods


This method is a one-step process which strips, cleans and etches simultaneously. All dust and contaminants are collected by a vacuum system which permits the immediate application of the coating system. All deposits of oil or grease must be removed before shotblasting.

Mechanical Scarification

This method uses a machine which grinds, cuts, sands, or breaks away the top layer of the surface to expose a clean, fresh exterior. All deposits of oil or grease must be removed before scarifying.


Either wet or dry blasting can be used. Blasting of concrete requires removal of loose and powdery concrete along with laitance. Vacuuming or air blasting is required to remove all sand and dust. All deposits of oil or grease must be removed before blasting.

Types of Surfaces


The concrete must be thoroughly cleaned with a strong detergent to remove grease and oils. The floor should be thoroughly wetted before application of detergent and thoroughly rinsed after cleaning. Any loose concrete should be removed. Holes and cracks should be filled before application of a coating. Coating older but uncoated concrete floors is done in much the same manner as new concrete.


Minimum surface prep required is sandblast to ensure removal of rust, mill scale, oxidation or old coatings. If this is not possible, an acceptable alternative is mechanical preparation, if carefully done. A degreasing solvent wipe is recommended prior to blasting or sanding. Blasted surfaces must be coated within 8 hours to prevent rust bloom.


A clean, sound wood surface is required. Remove any oils and dirt from surface by suitable means, using degreasing solvent or strong detergents. Sanding or mechanical cleaning is then required to remove loose or deteriorated surface wood to obtain the proper surface profile.


Sandblast or power sand lightly to remove surface contaminants, old coatings, etc. New plastic surfaces require light sanding or brush blast to remove mold release and other adhesion inhibitors. A solvent wipe is recommended before blasting or sanding.

Painted Surfaces

If the paint is peeling or degrading in any way, it should be completely removed by sanding, blasting or stripping. If previous coating is completely intact, the surface may be cleaned with a strong detergent or solvent and scuff-sanded to remove the gloss. If there is any indication that lead paint is present, EPA procedures must be followed.

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