Sandblasting equipment are air tools that discharge abrasive materials or pressurized sand at high velocity to remove and clean debris from various items or will grind down surfaces to create a smooth finish. These tools are an effective way to remove dirt, paint, rust and corrosive materials with great ease. There are also variations of equipment that can be used to create etchings in glass.
There are three common types of sandblasting equipment:
- Pressure Sandblaster — This sandblaster uses sand contained in pressurized canisters. The canisters are attached to sandblasting guns which disperse materials by the pull of a trigger.
- Siphon Sandblaster — This type of sandblaster is gravity fed and holds sand just below the nozzle rather than above it as the sand travels in the nozzle upon the release of air.
- Gravity-fed Sandblaster — Using gravity, sand is placed in a hopper container that is mounted on the gun. An air compressor is then attached to the gun so that when the trigger is engaged, a blast of air escapes the nozzle, freeing the sand at a high speed.
Common Uses for Sandblasting
Some of the most common uses for sandblasting include:
- Preparing boats, motorcycles and cars to receive a new paint job. This is commonly used at body shops with specialized booths to ensure the safety of the painter.
- Outdoor furniture restoration for items that have rusted, corroded or have faded paint.
- Cleaning of commercial buildings, large structures and concrete sidewalks and walkways.
When considering purchasing sandblasting equipment, it is important to look for the following features in order to find equipment to suit your needs:
- Heavy-duty steel cabinets — cabinets made of steel will provide durability and are great for larger projects
- Hardy tires — look for larger tires to help with moving the equipment easily around a work area
- Large capacity fuel tank — a large tank will prevent frequent fill ups
- Solid hand grips — comfortable hand grips will prevent blisters and provided added safety
- Reusable sand — to cut down on the expense of purchasing sand for every project, search for equipment that is made to reuse sand
- Adjustable pressure control — depending upon the size of the project, adjustable pressure controls the particles of sand released from the nozzle
- Variable abrasive material options — to achieve different levels of smoothness and finishes, different models are capable of using different types of abrasive materials that includes glass beads, aluminum oxide or walnut hulls
- Nozzle size options — certain projects will require different levels of corrosion, finishes or paint which can be achieved with equipment that can accommodate different nozzle sizes
When choosing sandblasting equipment, there are several factors to bear in mind such as the size of the project and the desired finish. Equipment options such as the features, the purpose of the equipment and what types of accessories are available can be found at a reputable equipment seller.