FAQs

FAQs

Answers to your frequently asked question

What is wet abrasive blasting?

Wet abrasive blasting is also known as wet blasting, slurry blasting, liquid honing and vapour blasting. Wet abrasive blasting uses a combination of water, abrasive blast media and compressed air to remove a range of coatings, corrosion and residues. The majority of wet abrasive blasting systems use blast media which only joins with the water at the nozzle, this method allows some blast media to leave the nozzle without water. The blast media hits the blast surface and can cause sparks which can have catastrophic consequences if used in flammable areas such as oil rigs and gas terminals. In addition the grit will embed in the surface leaving it uneven and unclean thereby affecting the longevity of future coatings. In short the method of combining blast media, water and air employed by the majority of wet abrasive systems is inefficient, ineffective and lacks any form of control.

Why is a Quill Falcon Kwikblast System different to a wet blasting system?

The Quill Falcon combines the water, blast media and air in a unique patented method that prevents any sparks being created and ensures the best, most efficient use of the air, water and blast media that is possible. Due to the unique patented design, the Quill Falcon allows operatives to increase or decrease the amount of water, blast media and air which gives greater control and precision over the entire blast process. Unlike standard wet abrasive blasting, the patented Kwikblast System rapidly removes coatings, corrosion and residues leaving surfaces profiled, contaminant free and cleaned to SA 2 ½ , HB 2 ½, SB 2 ½, NACE VIS 9, WAB 6/10 in seconds thereby allowing future applied coatings to stick better for longer.

What is the difference between sand blasting/dry blasting and the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System?

Dry blasting involves forcing blast media along a blast hose at high pressure. Large amounts of heat and friction are produced causing the blast media to explode on impact with the blasting surface, making it less effective and causing large clouds of abrasive dust to form in the atmosphere. This dust makes visibility extremely poor and in some cases stops other works being carried out on site. The blast media remains embedded in the blast surface leaving it uneven and unclean which will affect the quality and longevity of future coatings. The heat and friction caused by this process can in some cases also warp metal blast surfaces.

The Quill Falcon Kwikblast System uses a combination of compressed air, water and blast media so only a fraction of the amount of blast media is required when compared to dry blasting. The Quill Falcon allows operatives to increase or decrease the amount of water, blast media and air which gives greater control and precision over the entire blast process. The blast media is cushioned by water along the blast hose meaning no heat, friction or dust are produced with this method and no warping of the blasted surface can occur. The presence of water allows the blast media to travel at greater speeds along the hose which means the blast media has a greater effect on impact with the blasted surface. The water micro-washes the blast media from the blasted surface leaving it clean, profiled and contaminant free ensuring the best possible bonding strength can be achieved with future surface coatings. This therefore makes the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System an extremely cost effective and environmentally sound surface preparation method.

What is the difference between Ultra High Pressure (UHP) jetting and the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System?

Ultra High Pressure (UHP) jetting involves using water at extreme pressures of up to 60,000 psi to clean surfaces. Working at these high pressures can be extremely dangerous and requires skilled operatives wearing specialist metal turtle jackets. UHP jetting does not profile surfaces and lacks the precision and control of the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System. The Quill Falcon uses significantly less water than UHP jetting and operates at a maximum of 100 psi making it a lot safer and therefore a lot easier and cheaper to obtain public liability insurance.

What are the benefits of the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System?

In a nutshell, when compared to a dry blaster/sandblaster, the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System eliminates ambient dust, allows operatives greater control over the entire blast process, eliminates abrasive embedment in blasted surfaces, produces a clean, profiled and contaminant free surface finish and uses a fraction of the blast media required by a sandblaster/dry blasting machine. These factors consequently make the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System the safest, greenest most economical and technologically advanced blasting system available on the market today.

How does a Quill Falcon Kwikblast System work?

Blast media coated in a water jacket by surface tension, increases speed and mass enhancing the force of impact upon the blast surface. Water presence lubricates and eliminates hose and nozzle wear.

Blast media hits the surface, the water jacket continues moving but still holding onto the blast media by surface tension. The water jacket hits the surface and prevents any grit bounce.

Water jacket snaps round the blast media into the crack under the blast surface and hydrostatically blasts a larger amount of surface coating away.

End result is a profiled surface, feathered edges and the most efficient use of the least amount of blast media and water.

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How fast is a Quill Falcon Kwikblast System compared to a sandblaster/dry blaster?

The Quill Falcon is capable of achieving the same blasting rates of a sandblasting/dry blasting machine. A number of factors including blast media, nozzle type, dosing dial settings, compressor quality,  thickness and type of surface coating to be removed and operatives experience will all have an effect on the speed of the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System.

What type of blasting media can be used in a Quill Falcon Kwikblast System?

All conventional blast media can be used from, baking soda, copper slag and olivine to walnut shell, glass, garnet and stone. There are only two types of blast media you cannot use in a Quill Falcon Kwikblast System:

  • Any blast media containing steel or ferrous material
  • Blast media which has a uniform size.ie, all one size, we recommend a mix of grit particle size from 0.2 – 1.6mm

How many square metres per hour can I blast with a Quill Falcon Kwikblast System?

This varies due to a number of factors including thickness and type of surface coating to be removed, type of blast media used, nozzle type used, dosing dial setting, quality of compressor and operatives experience. To give an estimate however in our experience a standard Quill Falcon 60 pot together with a 90 cfm compressor will use approx 3 x 25 kg bags of blast media per hour and on average will blast between 9 to 18m2 per hour. This figure can however rise up to 40m2 per hour or fall as low as 1m2 per hour depending on the variables mentioned above.

What about gingering or flash rust after I have blasted the surface?

The Quill Falcon has the ability to allow operatives to blast, wash and then air dry the surface providing the optimum clean, contaminant free and profiled surface for new coatings to be applied. Alternatively moisture tolerant paint or flash rust tolerant coatings are also readily available on the market.

What safety standards does the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System come with?

The Quill Falcon Kwikblast System offers the highest level of international safety standards being Zone 1 approved, Ex rated, Baseefa accredited, TuV, ATEX and NORSOK compliant that’s why the world’s leading oil and gas suppliers choose the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System time and time again.

Do I recieve training with the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System?

When a customer hires or buys a Quill Falcon Kwikblast System we provide them and their staff with free on-site training. Our team of experienced trainers consist of the very people that build and refurbish the Quill Falcons day in, day out making their skill sets perfect for ensuring you and your team receive the best and most thorough training in the setting up and safe operation of the system. Our training is usually conducted at the customer’s premises for convenience and is suitable for both novice and experienced blasters. The training we provide has a practical base which means the benefits are immediate and we aim wherever possible to provide specific training of equipment and techniques relevant to the company or individual applications being undertaken. After the training is completed the successful trainees are presented with a Basic Training Certificate. In addition, electronic workshop manuals, operators step by step guides available in a range of different languages and access to help and advice from our superb team of engineers are just a few of the examples of the lengths we go to, to ensure that our customer’s training needs and expectations are met at every level.

What coatings, corrosion and residues does the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System remove?

The Quill Falcon Kwikblast System can remove the toughest of coatings including bitumen from pipelines yet can be adjusted to clean fragile surfaces including glass, sandstone and critical weld fixtures. The Quill Falcon Kwikblast System can also remove artex, limpet residue, encapsulated asbestos debris and floor tile adhesive all without damaging polythene enclosures.  From industrial coatings, rust, soot, fire damaged surfaces, flood damaged surfaces, corrosion, paint and bitumen to permanent and temporary thermo plastic paint, temporary road marking tape, surface dressing emulsions, resin based paints, anti skid surfacing and graffiti the Quill Falcon is extremely fast, flexible and versatile at removing a wide range of coatings, corrosion and residues from an even wider range of surfaces including metal and non ferrous metals, glass, stone, brick, wood, fibre glass, concrete and asphalt.

Is the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System expensive?

The Quill Falcon Kwikblast System can reach the same speeds as a dry blaster or sandblaster, yet it only requires a fraction of the blast media to achieve a superiorly cleaned, contaminant free, profiled finish. So not only do users of the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System save money in the amount of blast media required at the start of the job but they also save money on blast media disposal costs and time spent clearing site at the end of the job. Additionally due to the unique patented method of the Quill Falcon where the water contains the spent blast media, another cost saving can be found as there is little or no need for expensive enclosures or containment structures to protect adjacent buildings or equipment. In fact the majority of our customers find that other works around site can continue when they are using the Quill Falcon thereby preventing expensive shut downs.

What Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn when operating a Quill Falcon Kwikblast System?

A hard helmet, ear protection, including ear plugs and ear defenders, full face visor, work overalls, leather industrial work gloves, toe protected boots and a respiration mask or for confined spaces and toxic coating removal full breathing apparatus must be employed before operating the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System. An HSE risk assessment that adheres to Government legislation must be completed before using the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System.

Where in the world is the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System employed?

The Quill Falcon Kwikblast System can be found on 6 of the worlds 7 continents in over 30 different countries including: Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, U.S.A, Canada, France, Russia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Norway, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Trinidad, Nigeria, India, Algeria, Spain, Angola, Portugal, Brazil, Italy, Japan, China, United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands, Timor Leste, Thailand and New Zealand.

What is the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System employed on?

The Quill Falcon Kwikblast System is employed on a wide range of structures including offshore rigs, drilling platforms, FPSO’s, ULCC’s, VLCC’s, aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, destroyers, mine sweepers, wooden fishing vessels, aluminium research vessels, RoRo’s, LNG vessels, cargo ships, narrow boats, yachts, jack up barges, dry docks, highways, bridges, buildings, historical monuments, homes, underground tube stations, airports, gas and oil terminals, hospitals, vehicles, power stations, water towers, stately homes, schools, universities and colleges to name only but a few!

Give me 10 reasons why I should use a Quill Falcon Kwikblast System?

  • Fast effective results
  • 50% less grit required
  • Blasts up to 18 metres squared per hour
  • Less gingering/flash rusting than with a dry blaster/sand blaster
  • Prepares, profiles and cleans to SA 2½ , HB 2½, SB 2½, NACE VIS 9, WAB 6/10
  • Removes soluble salts and chlorides
  • Up to 21dB less noise than with a dry blaster/sand blaster
  • 50% less grit disposal costs
  • Feathered edges for quality repairs
  • Ex rated, Zone 1 approved, Baseef accredited, TuV, ATEX and NORSOK compliant

Do you offer servicing and/or breakdown support for the Quill Falcon Kwikblast System?

  • When you hire or buy a Quill Falcon Kwikblast System you will gain access to our team of superb service engineers who will be only too happy to carry out scheduled machine servicing or unscheduled machine breakdown repairs. In the UK our team of engineers will aim to attend UK breakdowns within 24 hours, however this can be longer in exceptionally busy periods. In addition to attending site we also offer help and advice over the phone or via email from our designated service desk. Nine times out of ten most problems can be fixed over the phone which saves you the customer time and money. To discuss your servicing requirements please call us on +44 (0) 1332 864664+44 (0) 1332 864664 or email us at sales@quillinternational.com