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Old 07-12-2005, 02:22 PM
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Best Sandblasting Media

Just got a small sandblasting cabinet. Wanted to work on some of the smaller parts myself. It came with a gun and several ceramic tips. I was wondering what other people may be using. Play Sand etc.....
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Old 07-12-2005, 02:29 PM
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I've been buying 50# containers of various compounds. I started with sand and then went to glass beads and aluminum oxide.
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i like the stuff you can get at menards , i think it's called black diamond. you can get a 50 pound bag for around 4 bucks.
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i like the stuff you can get at menards , i think it's called black diamond. you can get a 50 pound bag for around 4 bucks.
Don't you get a lot of dust kicking up when you use that in a cabinet? I tried Black Diamond and couldn't keep the air clear enough to see in my cabinet even with my air vacuum running full blast. Even worse, it would plug up the filter on my vac every 10 minutes or so.
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i haven't tried it in a cabinet. i use it outside , so you may be right about that.
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Re: best blasting media

Just got home from vacation, so I am probably to late with this post. The best media I have ever used for removing paint and rust is a product called Alumaglass. It blasts fast, cool, and leaves a perfect finish for primer. Glass beads work good on Aluminum. I would NOT use sand on any automotive parts. Put a good water filter on your compressor to keep the clogging problem to a minimum.
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A friend of mine just had his '40 Pontiac blasted, and they used a product called Star Blast. He said it is a bi-product of titanium production. I have not use it myself but it left a very nice finish. Probably too expensive for outdoor use, but may be worth it for a cabinet.

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I put automotive glass beads in mine works real nice especially on aluminium ( expensive).Eventually I want to be able to pull the bottom plate and empty the glass into a bucket and add sand or oxide for quicker cutting.
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I use quikrete fine sand, it's about $6.00 a hundred pound bag, it's all I ever use in my sand blast cabinet and pressurized 100 lb sandblaster, you hear a lot about walnut shells, plastic beads etc. all this stuff is expensive and sand will do just a good a job, for a lot less money.

This frame and everything on it was sand blasted, I'm talking everything. I'm not trying to blow my own horn here, but why throw your money away.

You can also sand blast a lot of the body itself, but when it comes to that you need to use some caution, or you will wharp your panels, probably better off not sand blasting the outside or inside fenders, decklid and hood. Shouldn't be a problem sandblasting the inside and outside floors. Scrape any undercoating off first, before you sandblast it.

All of this was sandblasted.

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Yes, sand can be used for frames, running gear, and other dense parts. But the heat build-up, possible warpage, and the moisture content, plus the coarser finish, cause more prep time on panel work. Yes, it is cheaper by a long shot, and if you are on a limited budget it will work. For me though, I will use the aluminum and glass bead mix, as it gives a perfectly smooth finish and doesn't cause rusting.
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Rumbleseat, you mentioned a perfectly smooth finish. What are you putting on this smooth metal to make it stick, would you have some pictures of some of your work .

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robs ss. after blasting, I blow off the surface and apply etching primer. This gives a good surface to work from. I don't have the capability to post pictures at this time, sorry. my son and I just completed his '62 bug, and now we are working on a '57 chevy.
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I use Black Beauty outside and Star Blast in my cabinet. Black Beauty does a great job in the cabinet, but my dust collection system couldn't quite keep up with it. Switched to Star Blast, a bit more expensive, but it lasts longer and I can see the work now. Well worth it.
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Apparently some of you have missed the discussion about blasting in the paint and exterior section, might want to check it out lots of good info there about surface treatment and types of media. Also a really good thread on warping panels with sand and the myth about heat being the culprit.
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Apparently some of you have missed the discussion about blasting in the paint and exterior section, might want to check it out lots of good info there about surface treatment and types of media. Also a really good thread on warping panels with sand and the myth about heat being the culprit.
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