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Old 06-12-2008, 02:45 PM
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Is this how cleam my parts are supposed to be?

Hello everyone,

I have been fighting to get my sandblast cabinet to work properly and this is what I am getting (pics at bottom). I have a 5hp 60 gal compressor with drying rack and am using aluminum oxide media.

This doesn't look as clean as it should be but to get it cleaner I have to hold the gun close and keep it there for awhile but that takes an unacceptably long time. I am currently using the smallest nozzle my set came with (don't have the exact size but smaller the 1/4 inch).

Am I expecting too much or is my system falling short.





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Heres the stuff you need to get that rust out.

http://www.1969supersport.com/sandblst.html

fourth picture down, its $7 a bag now. But be carefull I use supplied air when i'm bead or sandblasting.

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I agree with Rob about using fine sand and from those pics your parts look as if they sure enough could stand some more work. I always hesitate to recommend silica sand but because of the health hazards not because it does not work well, it does work quite well for what you are doing. With the small nozzle and anything over 60 PSI pressure those pits will probably clean up with little effort, just be aware of the hazards of breathing silica dust. Even in an enclosed blasting cabinet wear breathing protection at all times preferably the supplied air system like rob mentioned but if not then a good paint spray respirator should be OK, a dust mask is NOT good enough. Silica is very dangerous and you can get enough from just one exposure to cause harm but it does not have to happen since it is fairly easy to deal with.
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Thanks guys,

I thought the Aluminum Oxide was the most aggressive media and don't even see the sand at the place I buy it:

http://www.tptools.com/dg/183_Abrasi...ing-Media.html

Is it called something else on their site? This place is close to me and I like getting stuff there.

Thanks for the help.
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Heres where they use it.


Underlayment for Patios/Walks
Epoxy systems & industrial coatings
Specialized cement mixtures
Landscaping

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I just love the labels on bags of play sand (that's what it is called on the bag) sold at Wally World, Home Depot, Lowes, etc-

The label lists such uses as play lots and children's sandboxes and this label is located just above the one that reads in bold letters

"Caution do not breath dust created by this product, doing so can cause serious harm or death"!
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Silica makes up about 25% (wgt) of the earth's crust. Don't wanna breath that now do we.
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Silica makes up about 25% (wgt) of the earth's crust. Don't wanna breath that now do we.

DON'T belittle the dangers of breathing silica! It does not take much to cause some serious harm and you can get enough in one session with a sandblaster to cause some serious hurt or even kill you. There certainly is a lot of silica in the Earths crust but that is what's known as "bonded" silica and what we are talking about here is free silica. A sandblaster is nothing to snicker at and improper, or lack of, precautions to protect yourself from the dust produced from using silica containing sand can be deadly!
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Silica sand can also leave a residue that can hinder a paint job if not thoroughly cleaned. Most powder coating places recommend using an aluminum oxide over silica sand for that reason.
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Most powder coating places recommend using an aluminum oxide over silica sand for that reason.
Correct me if I'm wrong (not sure where I saw/read this), but some are also relying on chemical dips as well. Particularly after clearing the really greasy stuff off.


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I heard that after removing the major rust you can soak it vineger to remove the rest. May be a better alternative to using a dangerous media.
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Navel jelly or Ospho will dissolve out the remaining rust, get it at any of the home stores, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. The Ospho is a watery Phosphoric acid solution and the Navel jelly is just that, a jellied form of the same stuff. The Navel jelly will cling to surfaces and all you have to do is apply, let sit, brush with a stiff brush, repeat as necessary. Same thing with the Ospho except you have to stay with it to keep it wet. Advance Auto has a version of the Ospho called "The Right Stuff" I think and it is about the same thing only cheaper but Ospho is not expensive anyway. This is a mild acid (same acid found in soft drinks but in a stronger solution) that is very safe to use but be careful about spilling it on concrete or wood. Usually what I do is to use Ospho to remove the last traces of the rust then I wash it clean with soapy water then hit it with the blaster to remove any traces of the acid and flash rust from the soap and water rinse, leaves the metal completely clean.
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Put enough coats of paint on it...it will smooth out!
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