WHEN IT COMES TO CLEANING rusty, painted, or grime-smeared surfaces, sandblasting gets it done quickly and completely—and without having to open a bucket of elbow grease. And with the right blast media, you can go beyond simple cleaning and produce a smooth, satiny polish.
There is a welcome variety of sandblasting gear on the market, from hoppered guns you jack into your own compressor to bench-top cabinets for small parts and delicate work. But quality results are closely tied to matching the right blast media to the situation.
Sand itself is falling out of favor (high moisture and hazardous crystalline silica content), but a nice selection of blast media are available to meet every need. Along with media type, grit size is another factor to work into your choice. The key to choosing the right blast media is to focus first on the surface: how much can it handle without damage? If in doubt, start soft and fine.
The foamed-glass nature of pumice makes it an effectively mild, lightweight abrasive and a good fit for those less aggressive or delicate situations where protecting the surface is the primary consideration. Why? Pumice, even crushed to a superfine grade, holds its angular shape and myriad edges to cut quickly and aggressively, removing rust, scale, and a variety of coatings from wood, metal and plastic surfaces. Combine that excellent bite with pumice’s low, sponge-like density and you've got an easy-on-the-surface sand blast media with a highly effective reputation.
PUMICE BLAST MEDIA (GENERAL):
Physical Profile: Foamed Glass Stone
Surface Profile: Low Etch
Working Speed: Medium-Slow
Surface Removal: None
Hardness (Mohs): 6
Bulk Density: 46-58 lbs/cf3
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION and SUPPORT DOCUMENTS:
» Technical Data: the physical and chemical properties of our natural pumice.
» Pumice Safety Data Sheet (PDF)
|STANDARD BLASTING GRIT (SBH)|
|Our standard Sand Blast Heavies (SBH) grade contains a small percentage of obsidian and perlite ore sand blended with the softer pumice sand, providing bite without being too agressive overall.
» Size/Grade: Sand Blast Heavies (SBH)
|Technical Data Sheet (PDF) for Grade SBH|
|BUY STANDARD BLASTING GRIT (SBH)|
|SOFT BLASTING GRIT (SBS2)|
|Our Sand Blast Soft (SBS2) grade contains pure pumice sand for use on soft or delicate surfaces.
» Size/Grade: Sand Blast Soft (#2)
|Technical Data Sheet (PDF) for Grade SBS2|
|BUY SOFT BLASTING GRIT (SBS2)|
|DETAIL BLASTING GRIT (SBD1/0)|
|Our Sand Blast Detail grit is for use in bench-top sand blast cabinets and/or small-tipped sand blast guns when working with detailed—carved, sculpted, cast—surfaces, especially soft surfaces.
» Size/Grade: Detail Blasting Grit (Grade #1/0)
|Technical Data Sheet (PDF) for Grade #1/0|
|BUY DETAIL BLASTING GRIT (SBD1/0)|
|FINE BLASTING GRIT (SBF)|
|For delicate and/or small, intricate surfaces. Typically used in bench-top sand blast cabinets. Also applicable for fine-tipped sand blast guns on larger detailed surfaces, such as carved wood, plaster moldings, and plastics.
» Size/Grade: Fine Blasting Grit (Grade SBF)
|Technical Data Sheet (PDF) for Grade SBF|
|BUY FINE BLASTING GRIT (SBF)|