FEB 27, 2015

The different types of abrasive blasting

Abrasive blasting involves forcibly propelling abrasive material against a surface with high pressure to remove surface contaminants, smooth a rough surface, or roughen a smooth surface.

Abrasive blasting has a number of variants. Those include sand blasting, soda blasting, shot blasting, and bead blasting.

Here, we’re going to give a rundown of the different types of abrasive blasting that exist.

Bead blasting – This type is employed to remove surface deposits by applying fine glass beads at high pressure to the surface. It’s used for a range of applications including removing paint from vehicles, brightening grout colour, and to remove embedded fungus.

In removing paintwork for vehicles, bead blasting is often the preferred choice over sandblasting. This is because sand blasting can encourage rust underneath re-painted surfaces.

Dry ice blasting – As the name suggests, this type of blasting involves dry ice. It uses the force of frozen carbon dioxide particles hitting a surface at high velocity to dislodge surface contaminants. The dry ice then sublimates leaving no residue to clean once the job is complete.

Hydro blasting – This type is also referred to as water blasting. It employs a highly pressured stream of water to remove paint, chemicals, and build up with little to no damage to the surface.

Wheel blasting – This is one of the few types of abrasive blasting that doesn’t us a propellant. Instead, a wheel uses centrifugal force to propel an abrasive against an object. They can be purchased for home use or commercial use, each dictating the size and power.

Automated blasting – This, as the name implies, is the automation of the abrasive blasting process. It is often simply a step in a much larger automated procedure which usually involves other surface treatments.

Sandblasting  - This is the most commonly used type of abrasive blasting. It uses compressed air to propel sand onto the surface. It’s used in a variety of applications.

If you would like to learn more about abrasive blasting, or hire one of our machines to complete your project, get in touch today. 

Created on 27th February 2015
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