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The Benefits of Outsourcing Laser Restoration (and why you don’t want to DIY it).

Laser restoration on rust and steel pipe.

Laser restoration is a sophisticated process that requires more than just pushing a button. 

It involves a high degree of precision, detailed knowledge, and the right equipment to achieve the desired results without damaging the substrate.

Many have attempted to cut corners by using cheaper laser systems and non experienced operators, only to end up with disappointing results. In some cases, these attempts have caused significant damage to the substrate, leading to increased restoration costs and extended project timelines - and calling us to help.

We’ve even seen the sellers of machines lack the knowledge of the substrate and contaminant, and not realise they’d polished the contaminant instead of restoring the surface. 

Key Considerations in Laser Technology

1. Laser Type

The type of laser used in restoration is crucial. Some lasers use heat, which can easily damage delicate surfaces. Our lasers, however, are designed to avoid this risk by using advanced technology that does not rely on heat. This distinction is critical in preserving the integrity of the material being restored. The precision of the pulse and output is also critical. Different lasers do different substrates and different contaminants. There is no one size fits all.

2. Precision and Control

Precision is the fundamental of high-quality laser restoration. Our lasers are capable of targeting individual layers with complete accuracy (due to our knowledge). This capability ensures that only the unwanted material is removed, while the underlying substrate remains intact and undamaged. In contrast, lesser quality lasers lack this level of precision and customisation, often leading to negative results.

3. Avoiding Damage

Damage to the substrate is a common issue with inferior laser systems or lack of knowledge. The advanced technology we use is specifically designed to prevent such damage, ensuring that the restoration process is safe and effective - this has taken years, and hundreds if not thousands of hours to develop.

The Investment and Expertise Required

Purchasing and operating a high-quality laser restoration system is not a simple undertaking. Here’s why:

  • Cost: A top-tier laser system can cost around $500,000. This price reflects the advanced capabilities and precision engineering that go into these machines.

  • Additional Equipment: Beyond the laser itself, additional equipment is required to support various restoration tasks. This equipment can add significantly to the initial investment.

  • Insurance: Given the high value of the equipment and the potential risks involved in laser restoration, comprehensive insurance is essential. The cost of insurance alone can be substantial.

  • Expertise: Mastering laser restoration requires hundreds if not thousands of hours of training and experience. Operators need to understand laser science, substrate science, and contaminant science. This depth of knowledge is not something that can be acquired quickly or easily, and it's not a one size fits all.

Templates and generic solutions do not work in this field. Each project is unique and requires custom programming and tailored solutions to achieve the best results. This customisation is a key part of what makes professional laser restoration so effective.

Why Outsourcing is the Best Option

Given the complexity, cost, and expertise required, outsourcing laser restoration to experienced professionals is often the best choice. Here’s why:

  • Access to Advanced Technology: Professional restoration companies invest in the best equipment, ensuring that your project benefits from the latest advancements in laser technology.

  • Expert Knowledge: Experienced operators bring a wealth of knowledge to the table, understanding the intricacies of different materials and contaminants. This expertise ensures that the restoration is done right the first time.

  • Cost-Effective: While the initial cost of purchasing a laser system is high, outsourcing allows you to access top-tier technology and expertise without the significant upfront investment.

  • Time Efficiency: Professionals can complete projects more quickly and efficiently, leveraging their experience and specialised equipment to deliver outstanding results in a timely manner.

What really happens in the industry

We’ve attended numerous jobs where other operators have attempted, only to damage the substrate with a cheaper machine that was not suited to the surface. We were brought in to fix the mishap, and complete the project.

We’ve also witnessed jobs done where it’s claimed to be restored, only to complete testing and find the contaminant wasn’t removed, only polished. Again, we were brought in to fix the mishap, and complete the project.

By targeting specific layers and avoiding heat damage, we were able to clean and restore the items to the original condition without any damage. The clients were thrilled with the results and appreciated the care and precision we brought to the project.


Laser restoration is a highly specialised field that requires significant investment and expertise. By outsourcing to professionals, you can ensure that your restoration projects are handled with the utmost care and precision, leading to superior results and avoiding the risks associated with cheap, substandard equipment and knowledge. 

Investing in professional laser restoration services ultimately saves time, money, and ensures the preservation of valuable assets.

If you want a quality result, and to work with a team who care about their client's needs, contact us today.


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