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Abrasive Blasting FAQ

Abrasive blasting can be considered a modern descendant of the old sandblasting methods, with a major difference being the more worker-friendly, environmentally conscious and application-specific media used today, such as:

  • Crushed glass
  • Walnut shells
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Steel shot

Review the frequently asked questions below to learn more about abrasive blasting - or click here for an FAQ specifically about dry ice blasting. Contact Mole•Master for assistance with all of your media blasting needs.

Q. What is abrasive blasting?
Q. Under what conditions is abrasive blasting a preferred method?
Q. How does an application determine what kind of media will be used?
Q. What is the preparation process for an abrasive blasting job?
Q. What safety precautions are necessary during an abrasive blasting job?
Q. How can a customer tell that an abrasive blasting service is being performed correctly?
Q. What are the advantages of abrasive blasting over other methodologies?
Q. How long does an abrasive blasting job usually take?
Q. What is the clean-up process like after an abrasive blasting job?

Q. What is abrasive blasting?
A. Abrasive blasting involves a stream of media forcibly propelled against a surface under high pressure for surface preparation or the removal of contanimants, rust and coatings.

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Q. Under what conditions is abrasive blasting a preferred method?
A. Abrasive blasting is the preferred method when a customer wants to prepare any surface so that a subsequent coating will adhere properly.

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Q. How does an application determine what kind of media will be used?
A. An experienced abrasive blasting provider will consider the desired profile and the location of the work site to select the appropriate media for the job.

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Q. What is the preparation process for an abrasive blasting job?
A. Preparation can be very minimal or the biggest portion of the project, depending on whether the project site is in a heavy populated area or an isolated area.

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Q. What safety precautions are necessary during an abrasive blasting job?
A. The most common safety precautions during abrasive blasting are presented in OSHA guideline 29CFR 1910.1200.

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Q. How can a customer tell that an abrasive blasting service is being performed correctly?
A. The customer should check the coating literature, which will explain what surface profile is needed per Society for Protective Coatings standards.

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Q. What are the advantages of abrasive blasting over other methodologies?
A. The main advantage of abrasive blasting is that it provides the quickest method of surface preparation.

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Q. How long does an abrasive blasting job usually take?
A. The average strip rate during a coating removal is 2 to 3 square feet per minute, while the rate for a brush blast is 12 to 15 square feet per minute.

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Q. What is the clean-up process like after an abrasive blasting job?
A. An abrasive blasting job requires a significant amount of clean up, like most other blasting methods. The only exception is dry ice blasting, where the media used dissipates upon impact, leaving only the removed contaminants to be cleaned up.

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Mole•Master has all the answers to your abrasive blasting questions. View our full list of FAQs here. Contact us now to put our expertise to work for you.

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