We offer a variety of blast media and and have a blasting yard that we can blast and paint just about anything. For projects that can’t be transported to our blasting yard, we can come to you. Our mobile crews can work in small spaces, and can minimize the dust produced during abrasive blasting. If you are not sure which is the best option just let us know and we can help you determine what works best for your situation.
Abrasive blasting uses high pressure air to propel small particles at a surface to clean and add a surface profile (texture). The type of media and the pressure used determines how the surface is cleaned and the surface profile that is produced. Determining the ideal media and pressure requires extensive experience and technical knowledge.
With extensive experience and flexible service options, we can meet your needs at our shop or on your job site.
Some of the abrasive blast media available
Aluminum oxide is a hard material (second hardest after diamonds), allowing it to be used on harder metals. It also has a consistent grit size which allows us to produce a smoother surface than some other blasting materials. It is also a sharp material which allows for quicker blasting which also adds to the production of a smooth surface.
Coal Slag (sometime referred to as Black Beauty, Black Magic, or Black Magnum) is great when working with steel. It is fast cutting and economical. It can be used to remove rust, paint, and scale from metal surfaces.
Bead blasting is a general term for the use of one of several types of materials. Bead blasting can be steel, glass, or plastic grit. Steel grit is fast cutting and leaves a smooth finish and used on hard metals such as steel. Glass grit works well in general cleaning and leaves a satin or matte finish. Plastic grit can be used for removing paint on delicate surfaces such as fiberglass without causing damages to the substrate.
Organic blasting can be done with walnut shells or corn cob. Both of these are delicate enough to not rough up or damage the substrate and allow for a safe organic breakdown of materials. This is important when areas need to be food-safe and free of any contaminants that may result from blasting with other media. Corn cob is also safe on glass allowing you to clean the glass directly or cuts prep time for areas with multiple surfaces.
Sandblasting is what most people think of when they think of abrasive blasting. It is the most common type and in most cases the cheapest. It must be performed in open spaces or confined in blasting cabinets as it is very dusty. Sandblasting usually leaves a rough surfaces that is excellent for preparation of steel, concrete, stone, glass, and other hard surfaces.
Soda-Blasting (blasting Baking Soda) is a great means of removing unwanted products from delicate surfaces. It can be used to remove rust or graffiti to more sensitive applications like restoring automobiles or cleaning food processing facilities and equipment. Soda blasting offers many advantage such as its non-toxic properties, its easy clean-up since it is water soluble) and its delicate nature which cuts down prep time saving you time.