Sandblasting: Top 5 Uses for Sandblasting

Posted On January 22, 2016

Sandblasting has evolved a lot over the years, while still remaining one of the most popular cleaning methods. 

Although we still refer to the process as sandblasting, there’s actually no sand involved - at least, not anymore.  With many potential health risks associated with inhaling all of that dust, materials like glass beads, plastic, pumice, silicon carbide, and walnut shell are used today.

One thing that hasn’t changed is sandblasting’s ability to cut through dirt, grime, and even glass! Learn more about the top 5 applications for sandblasting below.


Removing Peeling Paint from Buildings

Those abrasive particles that fly around at supersonic speeds are perfect for removing old peeling, or chipped paint from buildings.  The particles act like sandpaper, and can be quite effective - and time saving - on large areas.


Preparing Vehicles for Paint

If a vehicle needs a new paint job, sandblasting is perfect for removing any unwanted residue from boats, cars, or motorcycles.  It’ll get rid of anything from rust and corrosion to an old coat of paint, ensuring the under layer is perfectly smooth for a new application.


Restoring Outdoor Furniture

Sandblasting can breathe new life into certain outdoor furniture, provided it’s done properly and the material is such that it won’t be damaged by the abrasive cleaning process.  Since sandblasting is so effective at removing unwanted paint and debris, it’s a quick way to prepare your old furniture for a new coat of paint.


Cleaning Hand Tools and other Small Items

Not just for large items, sandblasting can be used to clean smaller items, too.  However, if you’d like to use this technique to remove dirt from small objects, like hand tools, it’s a good idea to use a sandblasting cabinet.  That helps to keep all of the removed grime and secondary waste in a contained area, speeding up both the setup, and cleanup process.


Decorating Glass

Sandblasting is used for more than just cleaning.  In fact, the technique can create some beautiful works of art!  Thanks to its high pressure, a design that’s etched into glass using sandblasting gets much deeper into the glass than the chemical etching method that’s also used today, and results in much cleaner lines. 

While sandblasting certainly has many advantages, newer methods, like dry ice blasting, may be more effective depending on your project.  Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive, safe for most electrical components, and doesn’t require any additional clean up once the job is complete.  When sandblasting it’s important to keep in mind that secondary waste clean up is required, and blasting must be carefully controlled.  Contact Wicken’s Dry Ice Blasting to learn which cleaning methods would be most effective for your business.