Welcome to our latest blog post, where we delve into the exciting world of site works and explore cutting-edge innovations in materials and techniques.

As experts in grit blasting and powder coating, we at Blast’ n’ Baked have worked on various industrial and environmental projects, including bridges, sluice gates, stonework, and concrete structures.

In this post, we’ll discuss five innovative approaches revolutionising how we carry out site work, ensuring efficiency, durability, and sustainability.

Advanced Grit Blasting Techniques

In site works, grit blasting techniques have significantly improved precision, reduced environmental impact, and enhanced surface preparation. These advancements transform how we approach surface treatment, ensuring efficiency and sustainability.

Precision Blasting

Precision in grit blasting has been enhanced with computer-controlled systems, allowing meticulous control over the blasting process. These systems can adjust the pressure settings to suit the specific requirements of the task at hand, ensuring optimal results.

One such advancement is bristle blasting, a mechanical abrasion-cleaning process performed on metallic surfaces by a brush-like rotary power tool. The tool consists of sharpened, high-carbon steel wire bristle tips designed with a forward-angle bend. The rotating bristle tips strike the surface with a kinetic energy equivalent to processes that use grit blast media, resulting in localised impact, rebound, and the formation of craters. This simultaneous cleaning and coarsening of the surface expose a contamination-free base metal, making it an effective method for surface preparation.

Furthermore, the development of enhanced nozzle designs and improved abrasives selection has allowed for more precise and efficient grit blasting. For instance, crushed glass grit, such as Greengrit, made from 100% post-consumer recycled glass, offers a powerful yet gentle blasting medium. Its angular shape allows it to cut through rust, paint, and oil while being lightweight enough to create a low profile on the surface.

Eco-friendly Solutions

In line with global sustainability efforts, the grit blasting industry has also seen the introduction of eco-friendly solutions. Biodegradable abrasives are now available, reducing the environmental impact of blasting operations.

Dustless blasting systems have been introduced, significantly reducing the dust produced during blasting. This not only improves the working environment but also lessens the environmental impact. Moreover, recycling used materials has become more prevalent, further reducing waste. For instance, Greengrit, the crushed glass grit mentioned earlier, is made from 100% post-consumer recycled glass, making it an environmentally friendly choice. Lastly, advancements in techniques and equipment have reduced hazardous waste, making the grit blasting process safer for both the environment and the workers involved.

In summary, the advancements in grit blasting techniques are revolutionising the industry, offering precise, efficient, and eco-friendly solutions for surface preparation. As we continue to innovate, we expect to see even more improvements in this field, further enhancing the quality and sustainability of our site works.

Innovative Powder Coating Technologies

In the realm of site works, innovative powder coating technologies are transforming how we protect and enhance various surfaces. These advancements offer superior protection and extended lifespan and provide stunning visual appeal.

High-Performance Coatings

High-performance coatings are at the forefront of this revolution, with advanced resin systems offering enhanced adhesion properties and improved corrosion resistance. These coatings are tailored to customers’ requirements, ensuring long-term preservation of the value of interior and exterior surfaces.

A prime example of this innovation is the TIGER Drylac® powder coatings, which are adapted for various applications and offer a tremendous range of options for a unique finish. Moreover, these coatings are not just about protection; they also offer customisable colour and texture options. For instance, the PPG Coraflon Platinum range of coatings provides an extended gloss range from 5 – 85, compared to 25 – 70 for standard FEVE powders.

This means architects can now achieve the look of anodised aluminium in a matte (low-gloss) finish without compromising on the corrosion resistance and colour fading of traditional anodised finishes.

Smart Coating Systems

Smart coating systems are another exciting development in powder coating technologies. These coatings are designed with unique properties that respond to their environment.

For instance, self-healing properties allow the coating to repair itself when damaged, significantly extending the lifespan of the coated surface. Antimicrobial coatings are another innovative solution, protecting against bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. This makes them particularly useful in environments where hygiene is paramount. UV-resistant technologies are also being incorporated into powder coatings to protect surfaces from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation. This is particularly beneficial for outdoor structures constantly exposed to the sun. Finally, using thermochromic and photochromic pigments in smart coatings allows them to change colour in response to temperature or light conditions. This adds a visual appeal and can serve functional purposes, such as indicating when a surface is too hot to touch.

In summary, the technology for powder coating is rapidly advancing, allowing for greater protection, aesthetics, and functionality. With continued innovation, we can anticipate even more exciting developments in the future.

Enhanced Surface Preparation Methods

In site work, the importance of surface preparation cannot be overstated. It is a critical step that ensures optimal adhesion, improved aesthetics, and increased durability for your projects. With new technologies and methods, surface preparation has seen significant advancements, particularly in chemical and mechanical pre-treatment.

Chemical Pre-treatment

Chemical pre-treatment has evolved to become more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Advanced cleaning solutions are now available that effectively remove contaminants without causing harm to the substrate or the environment. These solutions are complemented by eco-friendly degreasers that eliminate grease and oil, providing a clean surface for further treatment.

In addition to cleaning, customised etching processes have been developed to increase the surface area of the substrate, thereby enhancing adhesion. These processes are tailored to the specific material, ensuring optimal results.

The final step in chemical pre-treatment is the application of conversion coatings. These coatings chemically react with the substrate to form a protective layer, improving corrosion resistance and paint adhesion.

The latest conversion coatings offer improved performance, ensuring a longer lifespan for your site works projects.

Mechanical Pre-treatment

Mechanical pre-treatment methods have also seen significant advancements.

Innovative abrasion techniques have been developed that provide enhanced surface profiling. These techniques allow for precise control over the roughness of the surface, ensuring optimal adhesion of the subsequent coating.

Precision blasting equipment is at the forefront of these techniques. These machines offer a high degree of control, allowing for the removal of surface contaminants and creating a suitable profile for coating. Furthermore, modern blasting equipment has been designed to reduce environmental impact, making them a sustainable choice for surface preparation.

To conclude, the advancements in surface preparation methods are revolutionising how we approach site works. We can ensure our projects’ efficiency, durability, and sustainability by utilising these state-of-the-art techniques.

As we continue to innovate, the site work’s future looks promising.

Sustainable Construction Practices

In site works, sustainable construction practices are not just a trend but a necessity. The construction industry significantly mitigates these issues as we grapple with climate change and resource depletion challenges.

By adopting innovative methods and materials, we can reduce the environmental impact of our projects while delivering high-quality, durable structures.

Green Building Materials

One of the most significant advancements in sustainable construction is developing and using green building materials. These materials, often made from recycled or renewable sources, are designed to minimise environmental impact without compromising quality or performance.

A prime example of this innovation is the high-performance panellised build system developed by Etopia, a UK-based company revolutionising sustainable building. Their load-bearing Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) system enables the construction of low-carbon, sustainable housing that exceeds the Interim Part L and The Future Home Standard for 2025. The system produces minimal waste, thus creating cleaner sites than traditional methods and reducing the risk of site disturbances. Moreover, the system’s high energy performance meets with an achievable EPC rating of 107/100.

The Future Home Standard for ‘Zero Carbon Ready’. This means that buildings constructed using this system are environmentally friendly and highly energy-efficient. Other green building materials include energy-efficient insulation, low-VOC paints and coatings, and environmentally friendly concrete alternatives. These materials contribute to the overall sustainability of a project, reducing its carbon footprint and promoting healthier indoor environments.

Resource Management

Effective resource management is another critical aspect of sustainable construction. This involves strategies for efficient waste management, water conservation, implementation of renewable energy sources, and minimising site disturbance.

Etopia’s panellised build system exemplifies efficient resource management. The system’s design and manufacturing process is driven by orders, allowing for both small and large-scale schemes to be accommodated. This flexibility reduces waste and ensures that resources are used as efficiently. Furthermore, the system’s airtightness and fire resistance contributes to its sustainability.

Buildings constructed using this system can achieve an airtightness of 0.32 m3/hr/m2 at 50Pa, significantly lower than the Future Home Standard requirement of 8.00 m3/hr/m2 at 50Pa. The system has also been tested to achieve a 60-minute fire rating, providing a layer of safety and durability.

In summary, sustainable construction practices are transforming how we approach site work. We can create durable, efficient, and kind structures for our planet by using green building materials and effective resource management strategies.


As the site works industry evolves, embracing these innovative materials and techniques ensures we can deliver exceptional client results.

At Blast’ n’ Baked, we are committed to staying at the forefront of these developments, offering state-of-the-art grit blasting and powder coating services that meet the highest standards. If you have a project or want to learn more about how these innovations can benefit your site, please do not hesitate to contact us.