Frequently Asked Questions About Our Dustless Blasting Services
With the variety of services we have available for El Paso and the Southwest area, we receive our fair share of questions. Our eco-friendly approach is still developing in our industry, so you should know why we do things with certain material. We focus many of our questions on our abrasive blasting uses and materials. For anything else, let us know so we can give you the answers you need.
What is the dustless blaster?
Our dustless blaster works by mixing both water and the abrasive inside of the blast tank. Water drastically increases the mass and energy that the machine puts out while at the same time eliminating dust. It’s like throwing wet and dry sand at something. The dry sand will spread, and the wet sand will stick together.
What kind of abrasive is used?
Our preferred abrasive is recycled bottle glass due to its ability to be used for a wide range of jobs, and it’s one of the best eco-friendly materials. If you choose to use another blast media, you need to make sure it has minimal trash and consistent particle size. Lots of debris or dirt will turn into mud inside the machine.
Will dustless blasting cause warping?
No. Since friction and heat are reduced by water and warping only occurs when the metal heats up due to the friction of dry abrasive.
Will dustless blasting damage chrome or glass?
Any kind of abrasive blasting can damage glass and chrome. We always mask off the chrome and glass before blasting.
Will rust form since water is used?
We use a particular formula rust inhibitor to prevent flash rust, which lasts up to 72 hours. This inhibitor gets added to the blast water and helps prevent flash rust during the blasting process and then used to rinse after blasting is complete.
Why do we use glass instead of other sandblasting abrasives?
We’ve realized the safety and environmental benefits of glass blasting, so we’ve committed to using it for our processes. Crushed glass delivers a natural, whiter metal finish than many other sandblasting abrasives. It also significantly decreases embedment issues. Glass also works considerably better for removing thick, tough coatings and numerous surface preparation applications. By using glass, it can create a profile of up to 4 mils on hardened steel.
Is crushed glass dangerous?
We picked crushed glass because it’s the safest hard abrasive around. The recycled bottled glass is manufactured so that even if you put your hand in a bag and moved it around, it would never cut you.
What is MaxxStrip?
MaxxStrip is a mineral known as Kieserite and classified as a soft abrasive with a Mohs hardness similar to baking soda and a PH of 7.0. It’s also water-soluble and extremely eco-friendly and landscape-friendly.
Why should I choose sandblasting over other methods?
While soda blasting is another eco-friendly option, many of the jobs we do for non-industrial companies require a quick, clean, cost-effective approach. Sandblasting provides a more efficient surface for bonding, painting, or coating.
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