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IPCQ have extensive experience in abrasive blasting surface preparation using a range of blast media including steel grit, sponge and Australian GMA Garnet.


With over 40 years of experience, IPCQ have the expertise to offer a range of Abrasive Blasting services including traditional and automated systems utilising a variety of blast media's ranging from garnet, steel grit and Steel shot. In 2011 IPCQ imported the first "Faster Blaster" to Australia. This innovative machine enables IPCQ to complete large projects in the shortest time and the safest way possible.

Blast Media Selection

For traditional Abrasive Blasting activities, IPCQ typically utilises a blast media that is classified as a non hazardous, non-dangerous good that is a naturally occurring mineral with no known ecotoxicity. The product is insoluble in water and unlikely to contaminate waterways or food chains. Anecdotal information from blasting operators is that this Australian-mined garnet produces minimal dust compared to some other courser grades and sources of garnet.

Automated Technology

IPCQ have pioneered the use of automated surface preparation units within Australia. The technology utilises steel grit/shot in lieu of traditional blast media and eliminates the requirement for substantial and expensive clean-up and waste disposal processes. The machine forms a firm seal on the substrate preventing emissions from being released which also often allows for simultaneous operations to occur. The abrasive material is fully recoverable and recyclable which significantly reduces the amount of regulated waste generated. Our system is fully contained so environmental impacts are mitigated or often eliminated completely.

The technology has the ability to abrasive blast both horizontally and vertically while containing the air born particles usually associated with surface preparation. This method has been proven invaluable when managing debris deriving from lead containing paint.

Sponge-Jet Method

The Sponge-Jet System is an innovative commercial and industrial blasting technology. Sponge-Jet media is an open-celled, water based polyurethane impregnated with abrasives. This dry, low dust process requires minimal containment, reduces downtime and offers a wide range of surface profiles. Reusable Sponge Media contain different sizes and grades of abrasives (or none) for use on surfaces ranging from the toughest to the most sensitive. The Sponge-Jet system offers fast, dry, clean, safe and flexible industrial surface preparation. The pliant nature of Sponge Media allows its particles to flatten on impact exposing the abrasive. After leaving the surface, the media constricts pulling and encapsulating what would normally have become airborne contaminants

Blast Room Capability

IPCQ has the means to complete projects both on site and within a shop environment including the design and construction of on site blast and paint facilities. Recently IPCQ installed a state of the art, purpose built blast and paint facility on client premises. IPCQ operated this facility to successfully deliver over 33,000 meters of spool work.


Featured Projects

  • IPCQ is currently completing the refurbishment and re coating of the 50,000m2 Domestic terminal Roof. Our team has been busy replacing flashings, reinstating penetrations and Applying a two coat protective coating system to the roof over the last 6 months. The BAC has placed a huge responsibil..

  • Currently IPCQ is contracted to complete the onsite coatings of the Non Cryogenic Tanks at the INPEX Ichthys LNG Project in Darwin, NT. This project has several challenges, the most complex involving the surface treatment of both Internal and external surfaces of large bulk storage tanks in the..

  • IPCQ are currently contracted to CB&I Constructors and Lanskey Constructions to complete the Blasting and Coating of Bulk Fuel storage Tanks for PUMA Energy. The project entailed both yard based and site based works and involved high pressure water washing, abrasive blasting & protecti..