All About Mobile Sandblasting
5% Abrasive blasting, more commonly known as sandblasting, is the operation of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure to smooth a rough surface, roughen a smooth surface, shape a surface or remove surface contaminants.
Abrasive blasting is so versatile that it’s really impossible to list all of its uses. The ability to adjust pressure, use a wide variety of abrasives, and blast wet or dry, makes the possibilities practically endless.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What type of abrasive do you use?
A: I use recycled bottle glass because it’s eco-friendly, clean, cost-effective, and great for a wide range of jobs.
Q: Does wet blasting still create dust?
A: There are no types of “dust-free” media blasting, but with wet blasting, there is significantly less dust created than with traditional blasting.
Q: Since water is mixed into the wet media, won’t it rust metal?
A: I use a rust inhibitor to prevent flash rusting for up to 72 hours. The extremely effective rust inhibitor is added to the wet sand to prevent flash rust during blasting, and then is used to rinse after blasting is complete.
Q: What happens to the abrasive after blasting?
A: The abrasive will settle on the ground beneath or very near to whatever is being blasted. If you’re in an area where you need to dispose of this media, the easiest way is to spread out some plastic before blasting begins and roll it up after blasting.
Q: Can this method cause warping like sandblasting can?
A: Warping occurs when the metal heats up due to friction from dry abrasive. Mobile Blasting will not cause warping because friction and heat are reduced by the wet media. In fact, the temperature of the metal being blasted usually comes down about 10 degrees from ambient. Some people say warping can still occur regardless of temperature, but I disagree. Have you ever seen a blacksmith working cold metal?
Q: Will the blasting damage chrome and glass?
A: Glass and chrome can be damaged by any kind of abrasive blasting. Glass and chrome should always be masked off prior to blasting.