Exterior Projects in the Late Summer

Summertime in Chicagoland means Cubs/Sox baseball and family time with kids out of school for a few months, but that is not all that should come to mind. Summer is the season for painting, specifically exterior painting! Although summertime is now winding down with kids going back to school and the Bears already in exhibition games, we still do have a good number of summer days left! While we can perform interior painting services throughout the seasons, we see late summer as the best time of the year for exterior painting.

For the painting industry, summer is high time for some main reasons. Exterior painting requires a certain minimum temperature for paint to properly adhere to surfaces. The extensive number of sunlight hours allows projects to be completed in a shorter span of days. Consistent summer weather has fewer instances of weather, including rain, that could disrupt projects. These days we still have daylight that stretches until 8:30 in the evening!

Our customers also notice benefits to this time of year. From a financial viewpoint, this time of the year still allows budget to be utilized. An organization’s outside appearance gives first-time visitors an immediate impression of the firm. As people spend more time outside in summer, the traffic and visual impressions of an organization’s physical presence increase substantially. Therefore, from a branding perspective, maintaining a firm’s positive image in all aspects includes keeping up a firm’s quality exterior appearance.

We would be happy to discuss your project with you! Now would be a great time to see a valuable difference in your assets! Please give us a call today at (888) 521-0973!

The Difference Pressure Washing Makes

McCahill Painting Company has been pressure washing a variety of surfaces for several years! Over time, contaminants can spoil a building’s appearance. As aesthetics are important to an organization’s image, we recommend pressure washing to quickly and easily clean accumulated dirt from visible surfaces. This video shows the before-and-after difference, as well as the process, of pressure washing!


Please call us at (888) 521-0973 to discuss pressure washing and request a free quote!

Vapor Blasting Precast Concrete

McCahill Painting Company has great expertise in all types of blasting! This video demonstrates how easily vapor blasting can completely clean a surface. In this case, the concrete surface must be totally cleared prior to painting. This vividly shows how effective sandblasting can accomplish the task!

Please call us at (815) 886-5544 to learn more about vapor blasting and how your assets could benefit from it!

The Best Equipment Available for Both Vapor Blasting and Sand Blasting

McCahill Painting is proud to use nothing but the best-quality tools and equipment for every project we complete! This is exactly the reason why we have purchased our 2018 International truck, pictured above. We use this brand-new truck for completing a wide variety of vapor blasting and dry blasting projects. Our clients are happy with the results that our equipment has helped us achieved. We know you will also be satisfied client when we complete a project for you!

With a 26-foot bed, our International truck allows the space to carry all tools with us at any given time. Because of this, we can schedule and complete projects promptly. The truck also transports our blasting equipment, which includes our Graco EcoQuip Vapor Blast System that is easily capable of meeting the needs of any project, regardless of how large or small.

What’s more, this equipment allows our experienced technicians to achieve the best results while maintaining the utmost safety for people and property. As our blasting equipment is state-of-the-art and modern, it incorporates the latest technology that make our projects eco-friendly for the environment.

We have the best equipment for any type of blasting task, whether it be vapor blasting or sandblasting. Also, our technicians have vast experience and expertise on refreshing various types of surfaces by blasting. Please see below for examples of our most popular project types. We have the capabilities for these types of jobs and many more!

Applications that substantially benefit from blasting:
• Industrial tanks / silos
• Any metal substrates
• Cooling tower piping
• Cinder block buildings
• Precast concrete buildings

We would love to discuss what needs to be done on your project. No job is too big or too small! Please get in touch with us today at (888) 521-0973!

Versatility of McCahill Painting Vapor Blasting Equipment

McCahill Painting Company is proud of its state-of-the-art vapor blasting equipment! Mobile and powerful, our gear can be used for a variety of projects. This video showcases two different uses: stripping metal and removing paint lines from a parking lot. These are just two of many vapor blasting use-cases. To see more uses, please explore our website, www.mccahillpainting.com! You can also call us at (815) 886-5544 to discover how vapor blasting can revitalize your assets!


Minimizing Graffiti Recurrences

Graffiti is an unfortunate problem that some property owners have faced at one time or another. After one occurrence of graffiti on property, no owner wants to experience this problem again. Recent trends have indicated that timeliness of removing graffiti is a strong defense from seeing graffiti reappear.

According to the graphic below provided by inPAINT magazine, you can see the extremely high rate of recurrence when graffiti is not removed promptly.

The takeaway from this is that the sooner graffiti is removed, the less chance there is of graffiti appearing again on the same area. It would be a great idea to remove graffiti as soon as possible. McCahill Painting is skilled and experienced in graffiti removal services and should be your first resource for your graffiti removal needs!

Another defense against graffiti is known as graffiti barrier coating. Graffiti barrier coatings essentially prevent the penetration and permanent staining of graffiti. We have removed graffiti from a variety of sources, including brick buildings, concrete surfaces, trains, trucks and more! Removing graffiti, along with our other services, makes a positive visual difference in our clients’ assets, as well as a positive value increase in those assets.

In addition to graffiti removal services, McCahill Painting offers painting, power washing, and sandblasting services. These services can drastically change the appearance of your assets. Please explore our website to learn more about our graffiti removal services, graffiti barrier coatings, and our other services that can benefit you and your assets!

Source: kab.org; inpaintmag.com

A Brief History of Early Sandblasting

Sandblasting has a longer history than you might expect. The absolute furthest it can be traced back is 1870, when Benjamin Tilghman invented a machine for paint and rust removal. Of course, this was primitive and rudimentary, but it set the framework for future improvements. Then, Thomas Pangborn took Tilghman’s initial idea and ran with it, adding compressed air in 1904. Another substantial innovation took place in 1918, when the first enclosure was built. This enclosure contained a clear screen for sandblasters to surround the worksite and prevent dust from hitting workers’ faces.

By the 1930s, sandblasting was well-known in manufacturing fields. However, despite plant managers’ knowledge of the process, the majority felt the method was too messy. A change in attitude about sandblasting occurred when the U.S. Navy needed more efficient ways to prolong the service life of their coating systems. After simple scraping and sanding did not bring about satisfactory results, the Navy attempted sandblasting. Upon completion, the Navy realized that sandblasting was necessary for proper adhesion and performance of the coating system they would apply. Hence, this successful project set the foundation for the protective coating industry and numerous future success stories.

Sandblasting has evolved significantly, becoming safer and causing fewer cases of the lung disease silicosis. As sandblasting has emerged, so has blasting, in general, as a restoration practice for a variety of surfaces. More sustainable processes such as sodablasting and vapor blasting have become available as potential options and better substitutes.

Contact us today to see whether your project would be a good fit for sandblasting, sodablasting or vapor blasting!

Source: http://ezinearticles.com/?A-History-of-Sandblasting,-1870—Present&id=5546355

Differentiating Sandblasting and Sodablasting

Sandblasting and Sodablasting Services in Chicagoland and Northwestern Indiana

In addition to the revolutionary, green method of vapor blasting that McCahill Painting offers its clients, there are two classic methods that may also be the most suitable option for many projects. These methods, sandblasting and sodablasting, are mentioned elsewhere on our website. To minimize any confusion about the similarities and differences of sandblasting and sodablasting, we decided to post a blog about this.

What is sandblasting?

Sandblasting, sometimes spelled ‘sand blasting,’ is a blasting method that oftentimes uses sand, or another dry material, at high pressure toward a surface. Sandblasting is the common term for different types of abrasive blasting, including dry blasting. In addition to sand, other dry abrasives can include glass beads, coconut shells, and walnut shells. A well-known utilizer of sandblasting techniques was the U.S. Navy.

What is sodablasting?

While sandblasting is considered ‘abrasive blasting,’ sodablasting is thought of by many to be non-abrasive. Sodablasting uses sodium bicarbonate, more commonly known as baking soda, to remove contaminants and/or to smooth the surface. Whereas sandblasting uses extremely dry abrasives, sodablasting incorporates baking soda for both gentle and extreme effectiveness. A well-known project that incorporated sodablasting was the restoration of the Statue of Liberty.


Sandblasting and Sodablasting: Side-by-Side

Sandblasting Sodablasting
Preferred for institutional blasting Preferred for industrial blasting
Effective at removing rust Effective on plastic, wood, and chrome
Less environmentally friendly More environmentally friendly
Quick cleaning Gentle cleaning
Lower cost Higher cost
Simply blasts Deodorizes and sanitizes
Materials can be reused Materials can only be used once
Wide areas Condense areas
Requires more safety precautions Requires fewer safety precautions
Often used for metal and machinery Often used for mold, smoke and other damage


We hope that this information is helpful! Please feel free to call us or e-mail us at info@mccahillpainting.com with any questions!

Source: https://turbofuture.com/industrial/What-is-the-Difference-Between-Sand-Blasting-Soda-Blasting

The Green Factor of Vapor Blasting

blog3Although the popularity of sandblasting is known, the positive environmental effects of vapor blasting are still being uncovered and gaining acceptance by the mainstream. As the importance of becoming greener is increasing, vapor blasting may be the more suitable option for your project.

The clear, positive effects of choosing vapor blasting over dry blasting should be made evident. For one thing, vapor blasting equates to a 92% reduction in dust over sandblasting. The large volume of dust makes sandblasting a dirty job. Operators and workers on sandblasting projects must wear the proper and necessary protective gear to guard themselves from a mini sandstorm. On a project where we sandblasted a metal staircase, some people from a distance thought there was a fire in the building because of all the smoke elevating in the air! Because of the dust factor and other reasons, vapor blasting is a more sustainable process to restore surfaces to their original youth.

Furthermore, blasting is becoming a legal issue in certain parts of the country, and will surely make its way to the Midwest. California and New York City are the early adopters in becoming environmentally friendly because of their legal implementation of blasting projects being performed only by Tier 4 Compressors, which are the most eco-friendly. McCahill Painting uses the very latest technology in the form of Graco EcoQuip 2 Vapor Abrasive Blast Equipment. Graco is a leading manufacturer of such equipment, giving us the best tools for the best results. Please see below to visualize what the equipment looks like.

Choosing McCahill Painting to perform your vapor blasting work will be the most eco-friendly choice in Chicagoland! Please contact us to discuss your blasting project in more detail!


Sand Blasting Metal – Asset Preservation in Chicago, IL

We all know the importance of proper surface preparation. There is no better surface preparation than sandblasting all of the old paint, rust or other contamination off the metal. Very importantly, in addition to cleaning the metal extremely well, sandblasting metal also creates a surface profile for new paint adherence. It’s a win-win situation. McCahill Painting uses Graco Tier 4, which is environmentally friendly equipment. The video demonstrates vapor blasting, which is the same as sandblasting except there is a 92% dust suppression rate. This is the greenest method to complete this transformation process. This is by far the best surface preparation method available today! Contact us today to learn more!