Two Ways To Save Costs On Sandblasting

Posted on: 27 April 2015

Sandblasting is a great way to remove paint and rust during a restoration project. Unlike chemical strippers which can leave a residue behind, and thus intervene with repainting, sandblasting uses a kinetic process to remove the paint, which means you will have no residue to worry about. While blasting is effective at removing heavy rust and thick paints, you need to have a good set-up in order to make it cost effective. 

Blasting Booth or Room

Propelling an abrasive material at an object can create quite a mess. If you do your sandblasting in your garage, it may look like you had your own personal sandstorm. The mess is one thing, but you also lose all your blasting media. Once the media gets tainted with any of the debris sitting around your garage, it should not be used for blasting. While your blast medium might be safe to use, the debris lying around your garage can damage whatever you are trying to clean. If you want to save on costs, you need to make sure that you have a way to reclaim your blasting media. Using a blasting booth will contain the sand, but it will limit the size of the objects that you can blast. Alternatively, you can set up your room with a reclamation system which will allow you to reuse your blast medium without worrying about debris. The filters in either a booth or a room will clean your blasting medium, so you can reuse it again and again.

Use a Durable Medium

There are many materials that you can use for blasting: soda, aluminum oxide, sand, crushed glass, walnut shells, etc. If you use a material like soda or walnut shells, it will break down after one use; thus, you should save it for materials that could be damaged by a harder material. As much as possible, you should use durable materials like aluminum oxide, since it can be reused several times before you have to replace it. Reusing a material over and over will help you to keep costs down. 

If you do a lot of restoration projects, either for work or as a hobby, you need to find an effective way to remove old paint and rust. Scrubbing away with an abrasive sponge gets old quick, but the right sandblasting set-up can dramatically reduce the time it takes to complete a project while helping you to keep costs down at the same time. You can also use professional sand blasting services from Powder Coating Specialties.