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Old 09-12-2005, 07:14 PM
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Hi All,

Our local blasting supply house has 50# sacks of glass beads in 3 different grades (4, 6, 8) with the smaller number indicating a larger bead. What will I want for cleaning and polishing aluminum suspension pieces? Or do I want walnut shells or something altogether different? I'm looking to get a natural polished aluminum finish to either clearcoat or powder finish...

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I use #13 glass bead for doing intakes,valve covers,ect. It's VERY fine and does a great job IMO. So the finer it is,the less it will cut but "polish" so to speak.
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Thanks for the input. Have you had any experience with shells? Walnut, pecan, etc...

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Just wacking them open to eat.

I considered getting some walnut once but I really haven't needed them for what I blast most of the time. It's a major PITA to clean out the cabinet to switch media so I just use bead unless I have to really cut something and most times,I just use a small "Blast from a can" rig outside.
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