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Abrasive options for cleaning and surface prep beyond sandblasting

Featured in Sep/Oct 2021 issue of inPAINT magazine. © Painters USA
inPAINT The Magazine For Professionals

Four professionals from around the United States share their favorite blasting materials and tools for the Sep/Oct 2021 issue of inPAINT magazine for professional painting contractors. 

One of the four is Ryan Thomas, Field Operations Supervisor for Painters USA and NACE (now AMPP) Certified Level 1 Coatings Inspector.

Following are some key points contributed by Ryan, with a link to the full article (PDF) at the end of this page.

Priorities and challenges

As Ryan states in the article, “Our crews have to move fast to create the proper surface profile for the spec of that project.”

What is Abrasive blasting?

Abrasive blasting uses pressurized air or water to propel abrasive media against a surface to remove old coatings, corrosion, or other forms of contamination. It is also commonly referred to as sandblasting or grit blasting.

How and when is abrasive blasting used?

Abrasive blasting is used in a variety of ways, even the lettering and engraving on most modern cemetery monuments. For commercial and industrial applications, abrasive blasting is used for a number of different requirements:

Dry blasting vs. wet blasting

As you might guess, dry blasting uses only air to propel the abrasive material, wet blasting mixes the dry abrasive with water, either before or as it leaves the blast nozzle. Each has benefits and disadvantages:

Dry blasting pros and cons

Wet blasting pros and cons

PDF link to entire article: Four pros share abrasive picks for successful prep 

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a fast, effective, versatile solution for cleaning or refining surfaces in your commercial or industrial facility, remember Painters USA. We’re happy to answer any questions regarding the use of abrasive blasting for your needs.

Abrasive blasting services from Painters USA

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