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Tooled surface finish

Tooling is more aggressive than grit blasting (see separate entry Grit blasted surface finish) and produces a rougher texture. It can be undertaken using a variety of pneumatic or electric hand-held equipment, ranging from needle guns to bush hammers and chisel-point tools. The pressure used and the duration of the treatment will influence the depth of exposure achieved.

It should be noted that Health & Safety concerns, and in particular vibration-induced physical problems such as ‘White Finger’, are tending to discourage the use of these types of hand-held tool. Thus, where possible, tooling should be carried out using appropriate machinery rather than hand-held tools.

 

Effect of various finishes
 
 

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