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Material Blasting Info & Pricing

Sandblasting & Glass Bead Blasting from Competitive Edge Coatings of Connecticut

Sandblasting:

What is sandblasting and why is it used?
Is sandblasting environmentally safe?
Where is sandblasting used?
How much does Sandblasting Cost?

Glass Bead Blasting:

What is Glass Bead Blasting?
Is Glass Bead Blasting safe for the environment?
What are the benefits of using Glass Bead Blasting?
Where is Glass Bead Blasting used?
How much does Glass Bead Blasting cost?

What is sandblasting and why is it used?

Sandblasting is an effective cleaning process for hard surfaces with the use of high pressure air. The sandblasting method can be used for smoothing, shaping and cleaning hard surfaces, debarring, blending and stress relieving of any part that is hard. This process also removes slag, rust, and imperfections in steel as a preparation for various coatings. The effect of sandblasting is similar to that of using sandpaper, but provides a more even finish.

Is sandblasting environmentally safe?

Historically, the material used for sandblasting was sand that had been sieved to a uniform size. The silica dust, the "after product" produced from this process, CT Sandblastingcaused silicosis after sustained inhalation of this dust. This has caused the sandblasting process to be regulated. Sandblasting is now performed in a controlled environment using ventilation, protective clothing and a breathing air supply. Sandblasting equipment typically consists of a chamber in which sand and air are mixed. The mixture travels through a hand-held nozzle to direct the particles toward the surface or work piece. So other materials have been developed for this process such as carborundum grit, steel shots, copper slag, powdered slag, glass beads, metal pellets, dry ice, and powdered abrasives of various grades, and even ground coconut shells, corncobs, walnut shells, and baking soda.

Where is Sandblasting used?

The sandblasting process can be used effectively on steel, iron, copper, brass, aluminum and glass. Sandblasting can be used to clean up fabricated parts, structural steel, castings, pipes (inside and out) pipe fittings, auto body parts and machine parts. This process can also be used on new materials to remove rust, paints, stains and glues. Sand blasting works for automotive restoration. It helps avoid a lot of hard labor, especially when working with deeply convoluted surfaces like a rusty wheel rim.

How much does Sandblasting Cost?

The price for Sandblasting varies between projects and is determined by the type and size of the project. Contact Competitive Edge Coatings of CT to get a price for your Sandblasting project.

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What is Glass Bead Blasting?

Glass bead blasting is a metal cleaning process that creates a clean, bright, uniform matte texture. The glass beads are applied to a surface using low air pressure. This process removes paint, rust and corrosion from all types of metals, from autos, trucks, equipment, machinery engine blocks, heads and intakes. Using the bead blasting process a surface can be cleaned without any damage. The beads come in a variety of sizes. The smaller the glass beads, the smoother the surface, larger beads produce a more textured finish.

Is Glass Bead Blasting safe for the environment?

Bead blasting is chemically inert and environmentally friendly. This method of metal cleaning is an acceptable method whenproperly controlled. The glass beads used in this process are made from lead-free, soda like type glass, containing no free silica that is made into preformed ball shapes. The glass beads can be recycled approximately 30 times.

CT SandblastingWhat are the benefits of using Glass Bead Blasting?

Glass bead blasting is an effective process used in automotive restoration. Bead blasting produces a much smoother and brighter finish than angular abrasives. There is no dimensional change to the metal surface. Glass bead blasting leaves no embedded contaminates or residue. This process smoothes away any surface defects. You will be able to see every dent, stretch mark, file stroke, and every stroke of the sand paper. Glass bead blasting can also improve corrosion resistance.

Where is Glass Bead Blasting used?

Glass Bead blasting can be used on a wide range of materials including aluminum, stainless steel, copper, steel, brass, titanium, sterling silver, bronze, metal, glass, plastic and rubber. It can be used in the restoration processes of cars and trucks. Glass bead blasting is also an effective cleaning process on equipment, machinery engine blocks, heads and intakes. Bead blasting is a low cost process and can be used on decorative parts including: custom auto parts and custom motorcycle parts.

How much does Glass Bead Blasting cost?

The price for Glass Bead Blasting varies between projects and is determined by the type and size of the project. Contact Competitive Edge Coatings to get a price for your Glass Bead Blasting project.

 

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