Abrasive & Sandblasting
Abrasive and sand blasting are processes used to shape, smooth, or clean surfaces. Similar to other methods, the procedure consists of propelling uniform particles directly at the surface of objects at high speeds.
Sometimes more than one cleaning method is required to do an efficient job, which is why sand and abrasive blasting are often used in combination with other techniques.
Abrasive and sandblasting is ideal for:
The most common materials used in abrasive blasting include:
- Aluminum Oxide
- White Aluminum Oxide
- Corn Cobs
- Crushed Glass
- Glass Beads
- Silicon Carbide
- Steel Shot
- Walnut Shell
- White Lightening
- Green Lightening
Cleanup of secondary waste is required after blasting has taken place. Due to the dangers associated with the dust, abrasive blasting must be carefully controlled and proper safety gear must be worn.
Abrasive & Sand Blasting Applications
Abrasive and sand blasting techniques are often used for priming and smoothing surfaces before painting, as well as removing paint and rust. The process is similar to how you would use sandpaper however this provides a much faster and more effective job –you can access those hard-to-reach places and paint is removed evenly.
This technique is also popular for decorating or frosting glass. The process allows you to etch, carve, or pit glass without it cracking or breaking.
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A three-story office building in South Western Ontario had areas of exposed brick on all levels that had been painted with asbestos-containing paint. With extensive experience, specialized processes, and trained technicians, Wickens Dry Ice Blasting was able to safely and quickly remove the asbestos.
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On the Canadian side of the Peace Bridge, visitors are greeted by the Canadian Plaza, which consists of a main administration building for processing arrivals. Wickens used dry ice blasting to clean the wooden structure without disrupting the high volumes of visitor traffic.
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