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11-26-2011 07:04 AM
Bead material

Harbor Freight or Northern Tools have it for $29 for 50lb box. Defintely use a breathing mask and hook up vacumn to blaster cabinet. Whats good about the glass media it can be used on anything,metal,steel,tin, stainless and especially aluminum without damage like sand can do. I even cleaned up some solid rubber antique Radio Flyer wagon tires with it. no damage and look new.
11-26-2011 06:34 AM
wet blaster ?

I made a 6 ft blast cabinet then my son bought a used 3 ft cabinet. On the big cabinet I made a 2 in plastic pipe into an exhaust, I drilled some holes along it and have about 20 ft of flex pipe hooked to a vacuum. and it is outside under a cover. I bought a wet blaster from northern tool, It hooks up to my 3500 psi pressure washer. I haven't done any large pieces, but NO DUST just a wet mess everywhere. I was digging a pipeline trench down by the river and found lava sand, clean enough to use for brick motor, an unlimited supply
11-26-2011 06:21 AM
soda media clean/safe or rust converter (auto store)

Blow out the spiders leaf blower/or compressor.Maybe take most of air out of tires when moving to have more control.Soda may need converter and be dry.The acid in pepsi/coke can be found in hardware type store.You can fill a small tub or kiddie pool,Naval jelly or rust converter.You can powder coat wheel,if chrome powder coat (plastic) applies to chrome well. Good luck! PS can get done at headstone place,radiator shop or online yellow pages "sand blasting"
02-07-2008 01:11 AM
fcastro Wow no kidding. Actually I am someone else garage so that could really be bad. If I was to carefully mask off the area I was going to glass bead blast do you think it would still cause a huge mess? I am thinking tape and using plastic bags in the area. Its a small area I would do something like 1x9 where the wheel well seam is rusted.
02-07-2008 01:08 AM
CDJr Ohhhh, so you arent using a blasting cabinet...YIKES! To be honest with ya, Id use other methods, such as a wire wheel, etc, cuz even for a small spot, youll probably spend more time cleaning up your garage than working or blasting. That stuffs messy enough inside a cabinet, its horrible out in the open.
02-07-2008 01:03 AM
fcastro Thanks for the info! Well I have a small some rust inside my wheel well and thought that maybe I could get a spot blaster and some glass beads and blast it off. I was having some major issues finding media around here.
02-07-2008 01:02 AM
CDJr Ya they should have it but they dont usually list it on their site for some reason. If I remember correctly, the one here has like 25 and 50 lb boxes of glass bead and a couple different grits of aluminum oxide. Unless youre cleaning delicate parts, Id suggest aluminum oxide, but you damn sure need a good respirator at the very least, as that stuff is very nasty
02-07-2008 12:29 AM

HF (my new favorite store btw) I checked out there online store the other day and didn't see any abrasive except for walnut. But now I just looked up "bead" and it looks like they do carry glass beads! This is great since there is one not to far from me. Hopefully they will have some on hand. Sometimes they have things online but not at the store.
02-07-2008 12:23 AM
CDJr I buy glass-bead and aluminum oxide at Harbor-Freight
02-05-2008 08:31 AM
Henry Highrise Two places in my area sell blasting media... the local welding supply store as well as the concrete plant.
02-05-2008 08:30 AM
Dugg Right on Sonic!

Kids can play in play sand as long as they wear respirators when they blast it at each other in a small confined space at 150 PSI.

We no longer sell silica sand sand which says right on the bag, not to be used for sandblasting.

We now sell a quartz mix media and a weld slag for blasting.

We means the lumber yard and hardware store store where I work in Colorado
02-05-2008 06:09 AM
vettedreams2001 I found that there's a local monument place that sells media, since they blast into stone to carve things. It was like $40 for a 50lb bag of like sillinder ball. I am sure these places are everywhere.
02-05-2008 05:45 AM
F&J There isn't much about the car hobby that is not hazardous...including going for a ride

I was going to suggest Golf, but then there are lightning strikes
02-05-2008 04:59 AM
justold I purchase mine at Tractor Supply .
02-05-2008 01:40 AM
scotzz Then I guess play sand isn't safe for kids to play in???
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