Abrasive blasting is a process in which sand, glass beads, baking soda or some other media is shot at high speed through a machine across the surface of a hard material until it is sanded smooth. Abrasive blasting is often done to remove a previous finish on an item, to remove rust, or to prepare a surface to receive a new coat of paint. The kind of media used to blast the surface depends on how difficult the removal is and how much impact the material can withstand. You would always start with a gentle media and work your way up. The terms “sandblasting” and “abrasive blasting” are sometimes used interchangeably. However, sand contains silica, which is known to cause serious respiratory illnesses for workers involved in the sandblasting process. Additionally, sand contains a high moisture content that can lead to the premature demise of blasting equipment, so it is generally not recommended for use in abrasive blasting. Soda blasting is an excellent alternative for many projects.
Soda blasting applications include the removal of:
- Surface rust
- Fire damage (black soot and ordour)
Why soda blasting? (See also our FAQ page What is Soda Blasting and Why Should I Do It?)
- Sodium Bicarbonate is granular – suitable for use in pressure pots, cabinet systems and as an additive for pressure washer systems.
- Sodium Bicarbonate is sharp – baking soda crystals delivered under relatively low pressure but at high velocity will scour virtually any coating from any substrate.
- Sodium Bicarbonate is friable – meaning it fractures into smaller particles intensifying the cleaning action while softening the impact on substrates.
- Sodium Bicarbonate is relatively soft – with a Moh’s hardness of 2.5, it will not damage most substrates.
- Sodium Bicarbonate is benign pH of 8.2 – provides a superior worker and environmental profile, before, during and after use.
- Sodium Bicarbonate is water soluble and safe.
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