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Sandblasting Basics Blast Away the Confusion

Sandblasting involves shooting glass beads, or some other medium, at high velocity across a rough surface as a means of smoothing the surface. This happens because the medium rids a surface of its current finish.

The Residential Media Blasting can also be used to remove rust, and to ready a surface for a new coat of paint. The media used depends on the surface being treated. No matter the surface, it is best, to begin with, a gentle medium, because it's not always certain how much damage a certain component can impose on a surface.

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Soft Surface Treatments

For soft surfaces, walnut shells are a great option. They are not abrasive, and they are also biodegradable. Corncobs are also an effective medium because they are biodegradable and barely mark the surface being treated. Glass beads are another high-quality medium to consider.

They can be recycled numerous times, and they create a bright, soft surface. Aluminum oxide is a choice that leaves a superb finish that looks subdued. However, the use of aluminum oxide demands a special, detailed cleanup so not as to impact the environment, and to keep up with codes.

Hard Surface Treatments

The hardest sandblasting component is silicon carbide. This choice must be used on areas that can withstand a great amount of intensity in a short time period. Steel grit or steel shot adds a nice finish to this type of job, making the surface look refined and durable.