OCT 29, 2013

What you need to start your own sandblasting business

One of our earlier blogs highlighted reasons why it’s good to use sandblasting services and we hope you found that useful. This blog looks at sandblasting from a business perspective and examines some of the equipment and the items you will need to start your own surface preparation company.

  • Begin with a base: If you are toying with the idea of starting your own sandblasting company you need to decide whether you are going to work from a surface preparation centre or provide a mobile solution for your customers instead. As a start-up business a mobile service will require less investment so that’s the area where this blog will be focused. Use your home address as the business base and advertise your mobile service to customers far and wide.
  • Buy a van: You’ll need a van or a bakkie and trailer combo to carry all your sandblasting equipment. If the budget will stretch to it try to find a good late model vehicle that’s reliable and has a low mileage on the clock. If the budget is tight pick a make that’s older and has a higher mileage but is known for its reliability. Or you could lease a van as another option, this way you know the vehicle will be reliable and you can pay for it on a month by month basis.
  • Invest in sandblasting equipment: If you are considering a  mobile sandblasting business think about going down the portable route for sandblasting equipment. You could use a mobile dry abrasive system for example and work with an air compressor that powers a portable blast pot  filled with the appropriate media. Different types of portable blast equipment are available and we’d be happy to advise you about the best options for your business at Blastrite.
  • Buy safety wear: Think about personal protection when you are sandblasting and invest in protective coveralls, protective gloves a respirator hood and safety boots as well. Plus you should invest in a decent set of ear defenders too because sandblasting can be a noisy business.


Obviously this is only a brief guide so if you are considering setting up your own blasting business spend some time doing the research and it could be a very profitable enterprise.   

Created on 29th October 2013
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