Collector Car Restoration: Paint Removal

Car collectors and enthusiasts are some of the most demanding customers when it comes to refinishing surfaces.  Nothing short of a perfect finish is acceptable when restoring a classic. Composition Materials Co., Inc. has been manufacturing and supplying Plastic Blast Media for over 30 years.  This paint stripping technology consistently achieves excellent results on cars of all types, including classics, like this Corvette.     Expert blast operators efficiently remove ... More

Corn Cob Log Home Inside

Corn Cob blasting is used in log home interior restoration is to quickly and efficiently remove old stain and water damage. The video features an interview with an industry expert who speaks about the advantages of Corn Cob for restoring wood. Corn Cob is a preferred media type for log home blasting and preparing surfaces for restoration and new stain.   ... More

Walnut Shell U.S. Navy

Working with U.S. Navy Norfolk on a new method of removing paint from Navy submarines, retired President of Composition Materials Co., Inc. talks about developing Walnut Shell Blasting in the 1960's. The Navy had been refurbishing ship hulls using abrasive mineral grit that removed all of the layers of paint and coatings down to bare steel, which proved costly. Ted Diamond introduced Walnut Shells which removed the top coatings of paint while leaving the valuable undercoating intact. This ... More

We’ve Gone Solar in Our 17,000 Sq Ft Plant!

Composition Materials Co., Inc. is exited to announce that solar power was turned on in January! With a commitment to running a green business, installing a solar power generation system was a perfect fit for powering our 17,000 sq ft plant.       ... More

Development of Plasti-Grit® Plastic Blast Media

This article was originally published in November, 1987 in Aviation Ground Equipment Market.  The article provides an historic overview of the development of Plasti-Grit® plastic blast media. No question about it — chemical stripping is dangerous and dirty.  And the EPA and OSHA do not like it. So — after decades of costly, inefficient and certifiably treacherous wet stripping of aircraft, the US government is launching an initiative to deal with the triple threat of health hazards, air ... More

Blast Cleaning Brick

Cleaning an old brick building of accumulated soot and grime, this video highlights abrasive media blasting. Each blasting operation is unique and requires blast parameters suited for maximum efficiency without damaging surfaces or substrates. Parameters include media type and size, blast pressure and nozzle distance.   Cleaning an entire building efficiently requires careful planning to achieve maximum results. Selecting the most effective blast media is critical to overall ... More

Corn Cob Log Home

Corn Cob blasting removes old stain and paint when restoring log homes. Corn Cob is an all-natural and biodegradable soft abrasive with excellent performance on stripping wood and preparing the surface for new stain and preservative. This video of corn cob blasting in action shows log home restoration highlights.   ... More

Selecting Fillers for Manufacturing

Since 1923, Composition Materials has supplied industries worldwide with specialty fillers, additives, flours, powders and texture enhancers. Our wide range of fillers and additives can be used to increase or decrease weight, volume, specific gravity, moisture and absorbency; enhance strength or adhesion; introduce texture, non-skid or anti-slip properties; add color or clear properties. We offer advanced technical support to carefully determine the additive and filler that will best accomplish ... More

Walnut Shell Non-Skid

Walnut Shell Grit is easily added to paint, mixed-in and applied to surfaces  to create a non-skid / anti-slip coating. Select the Walnut Shell grade for coarse, medium or fine texture. Walnut Shell abrasives stay in suspension in most paints, for easy mix-in applications. Composition Materials has supplied Walnut Shell Abrasives for over 60 years. We supply a full line of Non-Skid Media.   ... More

Plastic Media Train

This video shows highlights of using plastic media blasting to clean trains, effectively removing coatings with .5 inches of filler, without the need to mask rubber seals around windows. Plastic media is the preferred method of blast cleaning on steel, aluminum, alloys and composites. For over 30 years, Composition Materials has custom-engineered PLASTI-GRIT® in 5 grades of hardness. Contact us for assistance with selecting the media type and size for your application.   ... More

Plastic Media BAE Jet

British Aerospace Hawk Jet airplane is carefully masked, and then its paint is blasted using plastic media in preparation for re-painting.   Plastic Blast Media efficiently strips paint from a wide variety of substrates including steel, aluminum, fiberglass, rubber and composites. With carefully determined air pressure, media type and size, plastic abrasives offer time and cost advantages over alternative paint removal methods. Composition Materials manufactures Plastic ... More

Abrasive Blasting Overview

Abrasive blasting methods have been in use for over a hundred years.  Industries have employed air-blast, wheel-blast and other methods to propel abrasive blasting media for use in paint stripping, coatings removal, strengthening surfaces, preparing surfaces for coatings, blast cleaning, mold cleaning and deflashing. The development of these methods over the years introduced a wide range of abrasive blasting media types to maximize efficiency of surface cleaning and preparation. Common ... More