Steel Surface Preparation Services

T BAILEY, INC. is a one-stop shop for metal fabrication. Besides welding, cutting, and painting services, this includes preparing steel for future use. Our comprehensive services include full steel surface preparation.

For decades, T BAILEY, INC. has delivered high-quality services and products. Our goal is always innovation and customer satisfaction in every project.

High-Quality Steel Surface Preparation

Before it can be cut, welded, or otherwise used, steel must be properly prepared. Steel surface preparation refers to the process of cleaning steel in order to perform further fabrication or finishings. When steel is first received in its raw state from a mill, it will need to have limescale, mill scale, rust, slag, etc. removed cleanly.

This step is absolutely essential when fabricating anything from steel. The coatings, such as paint, will not adhere to the surface as smoothly or be as long-lasting.

T BAILEY, INC. maintains quality control in all processes, following national and international standards and inspection protocols, as detailed below. We are committed to on-time delivery and guarantee high-quality products. High quality begins with proper preparation.

T BAILEY INC.’s Steel Surface Preparation Process

The process of preparing steel is fairly straightforward. The excess materials must be removed before the steel can be moved to the next step of the fabrication process. This is normally done via abrasive blasting.

Generally, the steel surface preparation process at T BAILEY, INC. is as follows:

  • Assessment of the Condition. We will determine what materials need to be removed, whether it requires hand blasting or other special treatments, etc.
  • Removal of Coating. The excess coating will be blasted off using an automated abrasive blasting machine, hand blasting, or a combination of both.
  • Surface Contaminants Removal. Other materials, such as rust and limescale, have to be cleaned as well to guarantee a workable surface.
  • Adhesion Profile Addition to the Surface. Essential to the future usability of the steel, an adhesion profile will be added after the blasting and removal steps have been completed.
  • Surface Drying. The surface of the steel must be thoroughly dry before it can be welded, cut, painted, or otherwise used.

T BAILEY, INC. uses both hand blasting and automated sandblasting. Automated sandblasting is faster, easier, and cheaper; however, it cannot always reach the full surface area. For complex designs and smaller areas not accessible to the automated machine, the team will hand blast. For more information about our steel surface preparation services, contact T BAILEY, INC. today.

Our Intensive Product Testing & Quality Control

Safety and quality are of the utmost importance at T BAILEY, INC. Therefore, we have a dedicated in-house team that performs daily examinations. The entire surface preparation process is monitored, starting with the machinery and ending with the surface drying levels. The blasting machinery is cleaned and inspected regularly, ensuring all products are being appropriately prepared.

T BAILEY, INC. is a certified SSPC QP3 contractor. To further ensure reliable product and service quality, we have implemented a Quality Management System that keeps track of all relevant certifications and follows the AISC model.

Product Transportation Options

Whether your order is large or small, T BAILEY, INC. can deliver. We offer rail, ship, or truck transportation options. After it has been completed at our facilities, it will be carefully delivered. If it is an on-site project, the necessary parts will be transported by truck (or ship) and constructed on-location.

T BAILEY, INC. has experience delivering to the wider Pacific Northwest region. Thanks to this experience, we can provide accurate delivery schedules and quotes. We have also delivered parts to Canada, Alaska, along the West coast, and even to Hawai’i.

T BAILEY, INC.: Steel Surface Preparation Service You Can Rely On

For decades, T BAILEY, INC. has been providing the local region with trustworthy metal preparation and fabrication surfaces. When you need steel surface preparation services, T BAILEY, INC. are reliable and experienced.

Our team of experts have handled a wide variety of steel surface projects, and T BAILEY INC.’s innovations, such as the efficient automated blasting machine called the ‘Wheelbrator’, keep us on top. Our efficiency, professionalism, and quality cannot be matched.

If you have any questions, or would like a quote for a project, please contact us today!



Our roots in industrial construction have given us the experience your project needs.


With a ride range of coating abilities, our industrial painting division can provide the surface preparation and coatings your project needs.

Main Equipment

Our facilities are geared to the fabrication of AWWA and API field-erected welded steel storage tanks, UL and API shop tanks, pressure vessels, AWWA C200 water pipe, wind energy towers, large plate exhaust duct, and large diameter casing. Fabricated materials can be primed and painted before being shipped directly to a client’s jobsite or tied in with our construction division.

  • 4-roll hydraulic plate bending rolls, up to 2.75” x 10’-0 wide plate
  • CNC plasma cutting machines, 11’ x 50’ water tables
  • Numerous tandem head welding manipulators
  • Numerous single head welding manipulators
  • Tank/vessel turning roll sets, up to 100-ton capacity
  • Automated blasting system
  • Iron workers
  • Several overhead bridge cranes, up to 50 tons capacity
  • Welding power sources for most welding processes
    • SAW
    • FCAW
    • SMAW
    • GMAW
    • GTAW
    • EWS
  • Angle iron bending rolls
  • 3 O’Clock automatic welders
  • Press brake
  • Multiple forklifts, up to 55 tons capacity
  • RT hydraulic cranes, up to 60-ton capacity
  • Scissor and snorkel personnel lifts
  • Extended boom forklifts
  • Dozer and excavators
  • Long haul trucks and trailers
  • Vertamatic welders


Quality Control Certifications

As part of our commitment to quality, we work toward continuous improvement and maintain compliance with industry codes and standards.


What can we do for you?

Through experience, innovation, and planning, T BAILEY, INC. delivers each project on budget, with unmatchable quality, and precise timing. Contact us and see how we can help you complete your project.