Sandblasting is one of the most efficient
ways to clean and prepare surfaces.
Woodworkers, machinists, auto
mechanics, and more can all use
sandblasting in their work, especially
when they fully understand the many
ways that sandblasting can be used.
Despite the name, sand isn’t the only material that
can be used in the “sandblasting” process. Different
abrasives can be used depending on the material
they are being used on. These abrasives can include:
• Coal slag
• Steel grit
• Dry ice
• Walnut and coconut shells
• Crushed glass
• And more
Before we go into the specific uses of
sandblasting, a quick note: anyone
performing sandblasting should always wear
proper safety equipment. Because of the
potential health risks involved, sandblasting
respiratory protection, protective eyewear,
and head protection are all essential tools
when using a sandblaster.
One of the main uses of
sandblasting is to remove paint
or rust. Sandblasters can be used
to remove paint, rust, and other
surface pollutants from cars,
houses, machinery, and almost
any other surface.
Sandblasting doesn’t have to be used just on large machines or buildings. It
can also be used to clean household tools. Screwdrivers, wrenches, and other
metal tools that have become dirty or rusted can be cleaned quickly and
efficiently with a quick application of the sandblaster.
Sometimes, metal or plastic parts to
devices that need to be assembled
have small burs or other irregularities
that alter the intended shape or get in
the way during assembly. Sandblasting
is an effective way to remove those
burs, tags, and excess material.
Not all sandblasting uses are
industrial or mechanical. Skilled
artisans have been known to use
sandblasters on wood, metal,
glass, and other surfaces to
create signs, statues, and other
pieces of art.
Sandblasting is also an effective way
to clean streets, walkways, and other
concrete surfaces. The high-speed
abrasives ejected from a sandblaster
can scrub concrete and pavement
clean very quickly, without having to
use water to do so.
Big A’s Place provides our clients with
high quality sandblaster supplies for
every project. Whether you’re looking for
replacement parts or safety gear, such
as Nova 2000 sandblasting helmets or
astro-style sandblaster hoods, you’ll find
them at sandblaster-parts.com.
Photo By: Michael Pereckas
“Grand Canyon National Park: Bright Angel
Trailhead Sign Sandblasting”
Photo By: Grand Canyon National Park
“SE 6th and Escondido Boulevard”
Photo By: Genevieve Prentice
Sandblasters have a wide variety of applications.
Different abrasives can be used to remove paint
and rust, clean household tools, create pieces of
art, and more.