• Sandblasting, bead blasting or abrasive blasting.....Is this the same thing? The short answer is yes! For many years the term sandblasting was used simply because the abrasive choice was sand. Well times have changed! We do not recommend using sand in any our blasters.

An abrasive blaster works on the principle of high pressure compressed air being used to force a mix of air and abrasive through a nozzle. The abrasive particles will quickly remove paint, rust, corrosion, dirt, and discoloration from many different types of surfaces. Just as there are many surfaces to be cleaned there are many different types of abrasive materials that can be used. Although there are many reasons, we believe there are three important reasons why we do not recommend using sand. The first reason is a health and safety concern. Sand contains silica which can cause serious respiratory illnesses. The use of a proper respirator with most abrasives will reduce your health risks. The second reason is due to the high moisture content and the impurities in sand. it can cause equipment blockages and other moisture related problems that can cause premature failure of your blast equipment. The third reason is sand just does not work as well as other abrasives. Sand used once in a blaster turns into a powder and loses its abrasive capabilities.Using the correct abrasive can make the job go quicker and using the right abrasive can give you a more desirable finish to the item you are blasting. Remember, time is money.

When choosing the right abrasive for the job, the size, hardness, mass, sharpness breakdown rate and reclaim capabilities should be considered.

We have gone as far as taking the word "sandblasting" out of our catalogs and printed materials. One could argue that sand is plentiful and easy to find. Many users do not know there are other options to sand so they have never invested the tome looking for anything else.Larger cities have multiple suppliers of abrasive for blasters. If you open your local phone book and look under sand blasting supplies you may be pleasantly surprised by what you find. For the computer user, a Google search of "abrasive supplies" may be very informative.

The following are a few common types of abrasives with some general recommendations for uses.

Coal Slag:

  • Used to remove rust, paint and scale from steel
  • Fast cutting and will not collect moisture
  • Economical

Steel Grit

  • Used to remove rust, paint and scale from steel
  • Fast cutting
  • Leaves a smooth finish

Silicone Carbide

  • Used to remove paint and rust
  • Stays sharper longer
  • Popular for glass etching

Glass Bead

  • Used for general cleaning
  • A very fine material
  • Is generally used with reclaim systems and cabinets
  • Leaves a satin or matte finish

Aluminum Oxide

  • Used in paint removal a bead and stays sharper longer
  • Is sharper that glass bead and stays sharper longer
  • Is generally used in reclaim systems and blast cabinets
  • Used in glass etching

Walnut shells

  • Used in cleaning and paint removal on delicate surfaces such as wood
  • Great for removing carbon and paint on aluminum
  • Leaves a very smooth finish
  • Its generally used in reclaim systems or blast cabinets

Plastic Grit

  • used for removing paint without damaging soft surfaces such as fiberglass
  • Very low dust
  • Used on aircraft parts and boat parts
  • Generally used in reclaim systems or blast cabinets

Corn Cobb

  • Used in cleaning delicate surfaces
  • Popular with the wood crafter
  • used in cleaning stone and glass


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Underlay Lens  For Blast Cabinet
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Underlay Lens
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50# Blaster Kit (F-50) for sandblasting and media blasting
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ALC Item #: S50017 -

Use dry abrasives onlyHose length - 7 ft.Tank capacity - 50 lbs.Free standing open top tankMaximum 125 psi7 CFM@80 psi minimumLightweight and portableEasy setupSteel nozzles - 13/64", 1/4", 5/16"

ALC logo Remote Deadman Handle
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For use with ALC Remote Pressure Blaster Units - S50006,S50007 S50008S50009Will not work with S50011

ALC Polymer Dust Collector For Blast Cabinet
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Free standing unitHose - 2-1/4" x 6'Filter bag designFully enclosed motor housingHose is packed in bottom canisterModel 41412 ships regular UPS

Benchtop Blast Cabinet  40390
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Made of tough LDPE polymer30" x 20" work areaOne-piece construction (no leaks)Self-adhesive underlayPistol grip trigger gun11666 Optional foot pedalOverside top window/door40338 Optional light kit available34 lbs.

Benchtop Blast Cabinet 40389
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Made of tough LDPE polymer 23" x 19" work area One-piece construction (no leaks) Self-adhesive underlay Pistol grip trigger gun Optional foot pedal Overside top window/door 40338 Optional light kit available 24 lbs.

Blast Cabinet Underlay Protective Lens (51913)
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Protective lens for the inside glass of a blast cabinet. This film is for a 10" x 22" window with a self adhesive strip.

Blast Cabinet Gloves
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Blast Media Abrasive Vacuum  Vacuum For Sandblast Abrasives, Sandblasting, Blast Room
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Bottle Blaster (F-5) S50012
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Use abrasives or liquidsOne quart capacity15 CFM @ 80psi1/4" Steel nozzleLight weight and portable

Bottle Spot Media Blaster (F-5) S50012
Price: $133.33
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Handheld unitUse abrasives or liquidsOne quart capacityMaximum 125 psi15 CFM@80 psiLightweight and portableEasy setupSteel nozzle - 1/4"

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