Preparing metal for painting

Preparing metal for painting is essential to ensure the quality and durability of paint coatings. Metal surfaces are known for their long life and the minimal maintenance they require, but even the most best metal coating technologies will fail without adequate preparation. If this is not done properly, the new paint layer will not adhere well to the metal, causing it to come off and peel sooner or later. Thus, good metal preparation for paint is essential in order to achieve a perfect result.

With the tools from MontiPower, proper prepping metal for paint becomes more efficient. With our exceptional, patented technology you can prepare metal in fewer steps than with traditional techniques. Preparing metal for painting has never been easier!

Preparing metal for painting: the essential steps

Usually it is said that preparing metal for painting has to be done in at least 4 steps.
1. Clean the surface
2. Remove paint
3. Remove rust
4. Prep the surface
5. Removal of contaminations
Only after all these steps can you start applying a new coating of paint.

What to prep metal with before painting?

Prepping metal prior to painting has several phases. To start with, it is important that dirt, paint, mill scale and other coatings or vinyls are properly removed. But what is the best way to clean metal before painting? There are a number of different options available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Traditionally, metal is cleaned and prepared by means of abrasive blasting prior to the application of a paint layer. Loose Abrasive Blasting is the application of a combination of air and an abrasive under high pressure in order to clean the metal and remove coatings and dirt. Different abrasives can be used for this purpose. The original and best known form of blasting is ‘sandblasting’, but over the years many other blasting techniques have been developed. These include glass or corundum blasting, as well as wet blasting.

Sandblasting and blasting with other abrasives are widely used techniques because of the effective effect they have. Because of the great force with which the abrasive is applied to the metal, dirt and coatings like are thoroughly removed from the metal. Because this is done at such a high pressure, the metal surface is also given a surface profile by the violent impact of the abrasive that can be used as a bonding layer for the new paint layer to be applied. All these advantages of blasting suggest that it is the ideal way to clean metal before painting, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Blasting, in addition to the advantages that it offers, also has its disadvantages. It can be harmful to nature, applicators and it can be costly. With our tools, the disadvantages that come with the traditional way of preparing metal for painting, are thing of the past.

Prepping metal for paint with the Bristle Blaster® and MBX®

We went in search of a more convenient and more efficient way of preparing metal surfaces. With our Bristle Blaster® and MBX® you can perform multiple types of preparation work with one tool. Clean the surface, remove loose and remove paint and rust, all with one tool. All you have to do, is install the right type of brush.

How does this work?
The Bristle Blaster® and MBX® work using a specially developed, patented technology. MontiPower’s power tools are characterized by a rotating brush with kneed bristle tips. These springwire tips are designed in such a way as to work on the metal surface with a kinetic energy, comparable to traditional sandblasting.

In addition, the power tools are equipped with a so-called ‘accelerator bar’ which the bristle tips get stuck behind for a short time during rotation. This very brief hitch in the rotation ensures that the tips penetrate the metal surface with extra-high force. This not only cleans the surface of dirt, rust and coatings easily and effectively, but also creates a microprint that serves as a profile to promote adhesion for the paint to be applied.

In short, with our tools, you simplify preparing metal for paint to 1 simple step:
1. Use MontiPower’s power tool to remove loose paint and rust, clean and prep the surface; all at the same time

Prep metal for paint with consideration for people and the environment

The Bristle Blaster® and MBX® are 100% safe for both people and the environment. Because the tools are an alternative to sandblasting, no material is used under high pressure. Also, MontiPower’s power tools are very easy to operate. This ensures that you can simply use the Bristle Blaster® and MBX® yourself if you want to start preparing metal for painting, saving you not only a lot of time, but also money.

Frits Doddema

Frits Doddema

Author of MontiPower®

Leadership | Sales | Marketing | Development

Our CEO Frits Doddema, born in 1970, has a background in Industrial Coatings since 1998. He worked for Sigma Marine Coatings The Netherlands, Carboline Coatings for Germany/Central Europe, STOPAQ BV from the Netherlands, and SealforLife Industries before he joined MONTI - Werkzeuge GmbH in 2018. Since 2008 he works as the CEO/Partner.

He is passionate about alternating solutions which make a true difference. Nothing is impossible is his credo. To make the impossible possible, Frits and the management believe in just one idea to make it happen and to turn the company in a great firm. The innovative approach for game-changing blasting and paint solutions is hands-on keeping in mind the difficult field circumstances for operators, respecting nature and long term costs. The mission is to avoid any disagreement over quality of prep work and coating. Frits and his team push for non-hazardous long term corrosion prevention solutions to overcome any hassle out of a coating job ensuring the best possible bond. The world’s best coatings deserve the world’s best surface preparation. Like in daily life, preparation is everything. From different perspectives like Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Productivity, Recyclability, Co2 neutrality of the plant and the coating process, Substrate Compatibility, Corrosion Resistance, Frits and team are driven to come with improved unique contribution solutions to existing and new end markets.


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