Surface Preparation with Waterblasting

Surface Preparation Equipment

Surface Preparation is defined by Wikipedia as:

Any time a rigid surface, such as asphalt, concrete or metal, needs to have a coating applied, the surface must first be prepared. Hydrocleaning has been used to prepare for the application of such coatings. Coatings are used to protect concrete from rain and salt, and to create a smoother surface for human use. Concrete can also be covered with carpet or tiles using a heavy duty glue or mastic. Asphalt and concrete can be painted to communicate acceptable travel patterns, potential hazards, or for aesthetics. Hydrocleaning can be used to remove such materials off.

High pressure water has been used to remove:

  • Membranes:
    • Elastomeric
    • Rubber
    • Urethane
    • Hot applied
  • Paint from:
    • Highways
    • Runways
    • Parking structures
    • Metal surfaces

As you can see, the use of high pressure water has become ubiquitous in the surface preparation industry. This is mainly due to the fact that high pressure water with vacuum recovery is a cleaner and more effective option that toxic chemicals and abrasives.

The ability of modern waterblasting equipment to recover debris has revolutionized the way we remove coatings, and the places in which we can employ waterblasting.

For example, in residential areas, debris water runoff can cause issues with  homeowners associations, environmental agencies and residents.

In industrial areas, where toxic chemicals are commonly used, the debris must be disposed of safely and in many cases, off-site. This requires a wastewater collection system to be incorporated into the water blasting device. offers a wide range of surface preparation services with or without vacuum recovery options.