When it comes to cleaning different materials, you’re often faced with two options – media blasting and abrasive blasting, still often referred to as sandblasting. But which one is best for delivering clean, effective results that live up to your expectations?
While both media blasting and ‘sandblasting’ are similar, they can offer very different results. Which one you should go with will depend on the type of material that it is being used on and how much dirt and grime has built up. When it comes to comparing the two, it’s not as complicated as you might think. If you’re not sure which is the best option for the job you’re completing, our expert team can help you identify the method to go with.
Sandblasting is the common term to describe abrasive blasting, although sand is no longer used as part of the process. This type of blasting used to use sand but due to it causing silicosis, a form of lung disease, it has since been banned for commercial use. But the term is still used to encompass forms of abrasive blasting, sometimes it’s also referred to as grit blasting. Today, sandblasting uses glass beads, walnut shell, and coconut shells among other materials.
Thanks to its abrasive nature, sandblasting is fast and effective, even removing rust from metals effortlessly. But there are drawbacks to consider too. Firstly, sandblasting isn’t suitable for delicate surfaces where it will leave marks, affect the shape, and cause damage. It’s also a messy and dusty process, which may make it unsuitable for certain environments.
When you’re in need of a gentle, non-abrasive option of blasting, media blasting is the choice for you. It still achieves a clean, fresh finish without the surface that’s being cleaned being pitted. It’s also the non-toxic, environmentally friendly option for when you’re working in delicate environments or have to use non-toxic materials as part of your ethos.
Media blasting might take longer, depending on the level of dirt accumulated when compared to sandblasting, but its gentle process means it’s still a good choice when you’re using it on materials that are more delicate or precious.
Whether you should choose sandblasting or media blasting will depend entirely on your job, with the material it’s being used on being a primary concern. Tough robust materials are typically better suited to abrasive blasting while soft metals will have a better appearance after media blasting has been used.
If you need help with blast cleaning, high access cleaning or media blasting in Guildford, Horsham or Worthing then please get in touch. We are here to help and could save you from an expensive mistake.