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A step by-step guide to the sandblasting process

  1. 1. A Step-by-Step Guide to the Sandblasting Process
  2. 2. Scrap the sandpaper and opt for the quick and efficient process of sandblasting. Sandblasting is used on both creative and industrial levels, from removing old paint to etching and engraving. Master the art of sandblasting by following this guide. Read up on the process, recommended equipment, sandblasting accessories, and top tips. A Step-by-Step Guide to the Sandblasting Process
  3. 3. Used in a variety of professions, sandblasting is the process by which the surface of an object is eroded by means of a concentrated stream of very fine sand. Sandblaster guns refine a surface while also giving a decorative finish to craft metals. It can be used to remove old paint, smooth a rough surface, roughen a smooth surface or give shape to an object. In and around the home, sandblasting replaces the use for sandpaper, eliminating the need for hand-sanding and the mess that goes along with it. Sandblasting is quick, efficient and delivers desirable results.
  4. 4. It is important to be aware of the necessary safety precautions that need to be put into place before home or industrial sandblasting can take place. Take note of the following:  Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes;  Make use of protective gloves;  Ensure that you wear a mask to avoid inhaling the tiny particles of debris, and  To avoid a big clean-up, wear old clothes or overalls.
  5. 5. The first step in the sandblasting process is to determine what kind of material and equipment are necessary to complete the task. It is also important to clean the surface upon which you will be working to ensure that there is no residue which will result in a marred finish.  Analyze the degree of work that is required, the type of blasting media that is required, and what tools will need to be used.  Wipe down the surface of the object.  Ensure that all the correct safety apparel is available.  Explore the different types of blasting media – for materials that are more difficult to work with, abrasive mediums will need to be used. These include plastic abrasives, glass beads, aluminium oxide, steel grit, and silicon carbide.
  6. 6. Prepare your surrounding area to avoid an unnecessary mess. Sandblasting accessories include a sandblasting cabinet that is used to contain the blasting media and stops it from flying all over the work area.  Place duct tape over the areas that are not to be blasted.  Open the cabinet and place the item in the center while ensuring that it is stable. Close the compartment.  Ensure that any delicate surfaces are removed from the direct working area to avoid damage.  Use protective covering for areas of concern.
  7. 7. Blast off! Once you have prepared your equipment and surroundings, get started with your project. It is important to keep in mind that sandblasting is a process the requires practice before being able to perform the task properly. It is always a good idea to practice before you begin with a major project.  Turn the sandblaster on using the switch on the side.  Place your hands into the glove openings and pick up equipment.  Use the lever on the top of the sandblaster’s nozzle to start the process. Ensure that you coat the object evenly, keeping the blaster six to twelve inches away.
  8. 8. Here are a few top tips that will ensure that your restoration process is successful:  It's All in the Sand. With a variety of fine sand to choose from, ensure that you select one that won’t warp metal, is reusable, and doesn’t clog up your machine.  Air Compressors. Air compressors are not made for blasting. Ensure that you take periodic breaks within the process to prolong the use of your compressor.  Which to Choose. Depending on your workload and the type of work that you are doing, opt for either a siphon or pressurized system to do the job. Establish which process will be easier and more effective to avoid excessive costs.
  9. 9. The main benefits of the sandblasting process are:  Sandblasting saves time and is more efficient than using sandpaper.  Old, faded surfaces are evenly removed and cleaned.  Sandblasting allows you to access corners and areas that are difficult to reach.  Sandblasting is particularly well suited to the removal of rust which causes property damage.  Make use of sandblasting to preserve the use and longevity of your metal pipes, furniture, and fittings.
  10. 10. Located in Michigan, Big A's Place LLC stocks a variety of sandblasting accessories and equipment for both home and industrial use. As a direct distributor and aftermarket supplier, Big A’s is home to sandblasting cabinets, parts, and portable sandblasting equipment, as well as a collection of safety products such as helmets and breathing filters. Brands include: Pirate Brand, Kennametal, Malyn Ceramics, and Everblast. If you are looking for top quality sandblasting accessories and equipment, give us a call on (616) 741-9237 or visit us at

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