It is important to know the differences in blasting media, since different abrasive blasting media are required for different applications. Blasting media can be used for purposes such as cleaning, stripping, etching, strengthening and polishing. In addition to the media type, grit or mesh size is another factor to consider for your application. The final choice of media depends on the nature of the work required and on the blasting equipment that is employed. Kelso Restoration has the knowledge and expertise to advise you on the best abrasive media solution for your removal requirements. No matter what the application, Kelso Restoration strives to use environmentally friendly abrasive blasting products. See our FAQ pages for more information about What is abrasive blasting? and What is soda blasting and why should I do it?
Soda blasting applications include maintaining and preparing surfaces for paint or coating. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), when blended with compressed air, literally blasts away surface materials without damaging the substrate. Often called soda blasting, abrasive blasting provides excellent results for decontamination and removal of certain types of mould and bacteria. Soda is an absolutely benign product. This is especially important in the pharmaceutical and food processing industries.
We provide abrasive blasting with a wide spectrum of media including those listed below. Click here for more detailed information about this media list:
- Sodium bicarbonate: Granular sodium bicarbonate comes in a variety of formulations for different soda blasting applications. Each formulation consists of sodium bicarbonate particles, uniform in size, that exhibit the flow characteristics needed for productive soda blasting. It is an environmentally friendly, water soluble material that can remove contaminants and coatings efficiently without damaging delicate substrates. Because it is relatively soft, 2.5 on Mohs hardness scale, it is the ideal media for many substrates. Sodium bicarbonate (soda blasting) can be safely used for re-manufacturing and re-furbishing. It is ideal for fire damage restoration, smoke damage restoration, mold removal, food processing, building restoration, graffiti removal on non-industrial surfaces, and automotive parts restoration.
- Calcium carbonate (or crushed limestone): Calcium carbonate (crushed limestone) has rounded granuals and a compatible chemical structure, making it ideal for granite, marble, masonry and limestone-based restoration work. It is mostly used for cleaning stone, especially delicate old brick on monumental works defaced by soot, black crusts, carbonizations in general, air-borne particles and saline efflorescence.
- Glass beads: Glass beads are used for general cleaning, peening and cosmetic finishing of sensitive metal surfaces; removing automotive paint; brightening grout and removing fungus and calcium deposits from tile; polishing cast iron, stainless steel, aluminum, propellers and turbine blades.
- Crushed glass: 100% recycled bottle glass provides a non-hazardous silica free media that is approved for use by federal and state agencies. This cost effective media is ideal for removing typical coatings and other surface preparation. Depending on the formula, it can be used for anything from "light" sandblasting or aluminum, to paint and rust removal on log homes or pools, to a heavy duty sandblasting job.
- Garnet: Garnet is a gemstone with excellent naturally abrasive properties. It is a dual purpose media that works great for surface prep and rust removal. This hard abrasive can be used multiple times before losing its effectiveness and when used at a low pressure is nearly dustless. Garnet is fast-cutting and excellent for removing tough coatings, paint, rust and mill scale from steel. Garnet also permits precise feathering control. A good general outdoor surface preparation abrasive.
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