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Paint Preparation for Steel

The Steel Structure Painting Council (S.S.P.C.) classifies surface preparation for steel in the following categories:

  • Solvent Cleaning: (SP1)
    The removal of oil, grease, dirt and other contaminants by using solvents, cleaning compounds, emulsions or steam.

  • Hand Tool Cleaning: (SP2)
    The removal of loose rust, mill scale and paint by wire brushing, chipping, scraping and sanding.

  • Power Tool Cleaning: (SP3)
    The removal of loose rust, mill scale and paint by using power chipping hammers, grinders, descalers, sanders and wire brushes.

  • Flame Cleaning of New Steel:
    The removal of rust and mill scale by the use of flame, followed by wire brushing.

  • White Metal Blast Cleaning: (SP5)
    The removal of all visible rust, mill scale and other contaminants by abrasive blast cleaning.

  • Near-White Metal Blast Cleaning: (SP10)
    The removal of 95% of all visible rust, mill scale and other contaminants by abrasive blast cleaning. Recommended for corrosive environments (highly humid, marine or chemical exposure).

  • Commercial Blast Cleaning: (SP6)
    The removal of two-thirds of all visible rust, mill scale and other contaminants by abrasive blast cleaning. Recommended for severe environments.

  • Brush-Off Blast Cleaning: (SP7)
    The removal of all rust, mill scale and other contaminants except those tightly held to the surface. Not recommended for severe environments.

  • Pickling: (SP8)
    The removal of all rust, mill scale and other contaminants by chemical or electrolytic pickling.

  • Weathering, followed by Blast Cleaning: (SP9)
    Weathering for mill scale removal, followed by blast cleaning to one of the standards listed.
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