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.
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.
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:
- Priming and smoothing surfaces before painting
- Removing paint and rust
- Decorating or frosting glass
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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
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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