Abrasive Blasting

Abrasive blasting is used to alter a surface’s shape and/or texture.

Abrasive blasting is used to alter a surface's shape and/or texture. The process utilizes compressed gas or water to propel a high-pressure stream of abrasive compounds against whatever surface is to be prepared. There are a number of different types of blasting, each with its own function.

Glass beads are often used for abrasive blasting operations. Bead blasting, as its referred too, uses tiny glass beads as the abrasive compound because they can remove deposits without damaging the surface. It is most commonly used for auto bodywork, but has other applications as well.

Abrasive blasting almost always takes place inside the confines of a blast cabinet or blast room. A blast cabinet is a small enclosure that not only helps contain the abrasive, but also allows it to be recycled immediately. Blast rooms are essentially larger versions of a cabinet, and allow the worker to be in the room with the object being sprayed.