5 Reasons Dustless Sandblasting Is a Logical Surface-Prep Technique

23 April 2020
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Dustless sandblasting is a relatively modern way to remove a finish from a surface. Check out five of the unique advantages of this modern-day sandblasting process. 

1. You do not have to worry about a lot of personal protection equipment during use. 

Normally when you use ordinary sandblasting equipment, you have to protect yourself from head to toe. You have to protect your ears from flying debris, your hands from rebounded particles, and even your arms and shins so they do not get injured. With dustless sandblasting, the particles are far more reliable as far as their route of travel, so really the main thing you need to protect is your eyes. 

2. You can contain particles better for easy retrieval and less waste. 

When water is mixed with the abrasive medium, it means the abrasive medium is encapsulated in water when it exits the blasting gun. This added weight carries those particles directly to the ground after they repel from the surface you are working on. Instead of being sent off into the air to rebound in every direction, gravity and water allow the medium to fall at the base of the project piece where it can be easily retrieved. 

3. The dustless sandblaster does not need as much abrasive material. 

Since dustless sandblasters combine water and an abrasive medium, you will not utilize the same volume of abrasive as you would with typical sandblasting. Water practically doubles the impact of the abrasive in size, so you get a faster end result with far fewer abrasive particles. Even better, recapturing the abrasive is easy to do so you will have more material to reuse without substantial losses. 

4. Dustless sandblasting works on all kinds of surfaces. 

If you are eliminating layers of paint from an antique wooden door, dustless sandblasting will work. Just the same, the process can be used to pull paint off of an automobile, grimy caulking from metal, mildew from concrete, and mortar from old brick. This form of sandblasting is highly controllable, which means it works on just about any surface preparation project with just about any type of material. 

5. You can sandblast with fewer environmental concerns. 

Since the particulate matter from the sandblaster fall to the ground, you can be more certain that you recoup everything during a project so it is not left contaminating the environment. With ordinary sandblasting, it is not always possible to know where your particles go.