Grit blasting is often referred to incorrectly as sand blasting or shot blasting. Grit blasting is a method of surface preparation to achieve the required surface finish and cleanliness for subsequent activities which can range from coating and lining application through to non-destructive testing (NDT). At KUE Group we are one of the UK’s leading providers of on-site grit blasting services to the power generation industry, using a fleet of bespoke vehicles containing all equipment to carry out a standalone service.

Our services are also available within our fully equipped in-house facility in Bradford where two large blast booths receive items from small components through to large items up to 4m in diameter x 12m in length.

What Is Grit Blasting?

Grit blasting is the operation of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material under high pressure against a surface to clean or modify its surface properties. The abrasive material is contained either in a stream of compressed air (dry blasting) or water (wet blasting). 

Here at KUE Group we use a wide variety of abrasives dependent on the client’s specification and surface finish required and / or the subsequent activity. Commonly used abrasives are Garnet, Chilled Iron Grit, Steel Grit, Aluminium Oxide, Glass Beads and Crushed Glass all of which remove old coatings, mill scale, rust, heat scale and contaminants from the substrate preparing it for subsequent coating, lining, welding or NDT.

Trained Operative Grit Blasting A Steel Component

The abrasive and pressure are selected to prepare a surface to meet your demands depending on your application, call today to discuss your requirements.


  • Furnace tube cleaning for efficiency or inspection
  • Prepare turbine rotors, blades and components for efficiency or NDT
  • Prepare substrates for coating, lining or painting
  • Clean substrates for inspection
  • Improve coating, lining or paint adhesion

Contact Us

Call 01274 721188 today to find out more about our grit blasting and other abrasive blast cleaning solutions. You can also request a quote online by clicking here.

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