Laser Corrosion Removal for Cladding Coatings

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Technological developments using lasers to remove corrosion, rust, grease, chalking, and existing coatings on metal cladding and other components are moving fast. 2023 is the year mobile laser cleaning systems arrived!

Engineers have been developing more effective industrial-grade mobile precision laser-based systems that can remove paint, contaminants, rust, and residues. A high-energy laser beam leaves the substrate unaffected. The process is rapid and enables accelerated re-coating preparation for roof and wall cladding. This includes gutter systems, ventilation and other metal building components. The new system is perfect for commercial buildings.

How does laser corrosion removal work?

Laser rust removal is a highly efficient and innovative technique used to eliminate rust from metal surfaces. This process involves the use of high-intensity laser beams that are focused on the rusted area. When the laser beam hits the corrosion, rust, chalking or paint, it rapidly heats and vaporizes the particles, causing them to disintegrate. This process is known as ablation.

What is ablation?

Laser parameters can be set so that the laser beam’s intensity is just above the ablation threshold of rust, corrosion, chalking and even the coating, but below that of the metal being cleaned. When the laser beam is directed at the metal surface at an intensity below its ablation threshold, the energy of the laser beam is dispersed as heat once corrosion, rust and other materials are removed. The laser used in rust, corrosion and paint removal is carefully calibrated to ensure that it only targets the rusted or coated area, leaving the underlying metal substrate unaffected.

This precision makes laser rust, paint and corrosion removal an ideal choice for delicate or intricate areas. It minimizes the risk of damage to the cladding substrate. In addition, laser rust corrosion removal is a non-contact process. This means that there is no physical contact between the laser and the corroded metal surface. This reduces the risk of scratching or further damaging the metal.

Clean and environmentally friendly

Furthermore, laser rust removal is a clean and environmentally friendly method. Unlike traditional rust removal techniques that often involve the use of chemicals or abrasive materials, laser rust removal does not generate any waste or harmful fumes. Overall, laser rust removal is a highly effective, precise, and eco-friendly method for eliminating rust corrosion and chalking from metal surfaces. This will make it a popular choice in various industries, including construction restoration, building maintenance, automotive and aerospace.

The new state-of-the-art laser technology will revolutionise the industry, offering an efficient and precise solution that will leave cladding coatings clean and ready for coating. No more tedious and time-consuming manual scraping or hazardous chemical treatments. With laser corrosion removal, exceptional results are guaranteed. Our team of experts will handle the process with utmost care, ensuring minimal disruption to your operations. The future of cladding maintenance is laser corrosion removal!

Further Reading

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_ablation
https://www.ddcoatings.co.uk/2906/chalking-fading-steel-cladding
https://www.ddcoatings.co.uk/tag/corrosion

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