Now that sandblasting is no longer available for commercial use in West Sussex and the UK, you might be at a loss when it comes to selecting a blasting media alternative. But the good news is that there are still many different materials to use that can achieve the results that you want. Below we review 3 of the most popular blast cleaning alternatives available in Guildford, Horsham & Worthing to give you a better idea of what will work for you.
Blasting media options reviewed
Grit blasting is an abrasive blasting method that can be used to both clean surfaces and modify them. If you’ve previously used sandblasting, this is probably the option you’ll want to use – in fact, many people still call it sandblasting. However, sand particles are no longer used for this method. Instead, walnut shells, silicon carbide, or emery particles are typically used instead. These particles can be blasted via air, water, or vapour to effectively lift dirt from surfaces or alter it and still deliver the same results.
When compared to traditional blasting, soda is a softer alternative. Rather than using an abrasive media, soda is gentler, making it more suitable to use with certain materials. When you need to blast aluminium, plastic, or fibreglass, for instance, soda is a better choice than grit. Due to it not warping or etching the material you’re using it on, it can be the perfect choice depending on your project. It will cleanly strip off paint, leaving a smooth finish, and can be used for degreasing. Soda might not work on tougher materials but it’s still a versatile option.
You may have heard vapour media also being referred to as wet blasting. Used extensively to clean metal surfaces, vapour could be the ideal choice for you to pick. The media is a combination of water and non-ferrous metals and it will gently lift dirt and grime from metal surfaces, often producing a slick, satin finish as a result. It’s a non-intrusive substance that should be your choice for cleaning delicate parts and soft metals, as harder alternatives can cause damage. Another bonus of this option is that it doesn’t create any dust.
Which blasting media is the right option for you will depend entirely on the project, materials used, and your desired outcomes but one of these three options should meet your requirements. Rainbow International cover Guildford, Horsham & Worthing and can offer you the advice and services you need when you’re looking for a sandblasting alternative.