We use several types of abrasives specialized for your particular need. Below are some of the types we use.
Aluminum Oxide -
Aluminum Oxide is the most widely used abrasive in blast finishing and surface preparation. Aluminum Oxide is an extremely sharp, long-lasting blasting abrasive that can be recycled many times.
Crushed Glass Grit-
The angular nature of crushed glass grit allows for aggressive surface profiling and removal of coatings and surface contamination. Crushed glass grit contains no free silica, is non-toxic and inert and contains no heavy metal typically found in coal and copper slags. Since crushed glass grit is lighter than many slags up to 50% less media can be used.
Manufactured from lead-free, soda lime-type glass, containing no free silica, glass beads are manufactured into preformed ball shapes. Glass beads produce a much smoother and brighter finish than angular abrasives. Glass beads can be recycled approximately 30 times.
As the hardest blasting media available, silicon carbide has a very fast cutting speed. Manufactured to a blocky grain shape that splinters, silicon carbide grit can be recycled many more times than other blasting media. The hardness of silicon carbide is ideal for etching of glass and stone.
Plastic abrasives are available in a variety of types that deliver quick stripping rates and consistent performance. This media is ideal for stripping coatings and paint from substrates, including aluminum and other delicate metals, composites and plastics. The relative softness of plastic abrasive media makes it ideal for automotive and aerospace blasting applications.
Pumice is a light, natural mineral that is used chiefly as a mild abrasive. Pumice is ideal for less aggressive operations where protection of the surface is of supreme importance.
Blasting with steel shot is a popular method for cleaning, stripping and improving a metal surface. Steel shot is manufactured into a round ball shape that results in a smooth and polished surface. The peening action of the steel shot produces improved compressive strength to metal surfaces.
High-demand, aggressive applications are ideal for steel grit. Steel grit offers a very fast stripping action for many types of surface contaminants from steel and other foundry metals. Softer than aluminum oxide but still angular in shape, steel grit will not fracture as easily making it perfect for creating an etched surface on metal.
Corn cob is an organic, soft blasting grit that is safe for delicate parts and soft substances. As the preferred blasting media for log homes and other wood surfaces, corn cob offers excellent cleaning and stripping properties without damage to the substrate.
Walnut shell grit is used for applications that require aggressive stripping or cleaning without damage or effect on the underlying substrate. Organic and biodegradable, walnut shell is extremely durable, angular in shape but is considered a soft abrasive. Walnut shell sees utility in applications such as cleaning hard woods and aircraft and automotive stripping.
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