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Old 01-21-2008, 10:08 AM
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possible to clean media ??

I have been using black beauty to blast my cab. I am recovering it and reusing it but now it is getting very dusty with all the rust and paint in it. is there some way to possibly wash it? I just hate to throw it out and start with new media. it still works but the dust is making it hard to see

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Two ideas, but I don't know how good they are...

Either use a fan or a shop vac to suck or blow the finer particles away from a poured stream of media. Have to get the flow just right but the heavier particles would fall into a collection container and the lighter stuff would be blown away or sucked away by the air stream.

Or, if you had the right sized screen you could simply sift the media, catching what you wanted on the screen while the rest falls through.

Both are assuming that what you don't want is significantly smaller or lighter than what you want to keep.
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Thats pretty much how Ive gotten the "dust" outta my media (although I use aluminum oxide). I suspended it in a bucket about 4' up and let it flow through about a 3/8" hole and used a box fan to GENTLY blow across the stream. I wouldnt suggest doing it in an enclosed area Its easy to adjust how much the air removes and it actually works pretty well
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Thats pretty much how Ive gotten the "dust" outta my media (although I use aluminum oxide). I suspended it in a bucket about 4' up and let it flow through about a 3/8" hole and used a box fan to GENTLY blow across the stream. I wouldnt suggest doing it in an enclosed area Its easy to adjust how much the air removes and it actually works pretty well
thanks, I will try that
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why ??? by the time it is dusty it is also worn out. as cheap as it is i see no point in trying to clean it up.
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why ??? by the time it is dusty it is also worn out. as cheap as it is i see no point in trying to clean it up.
because it is still working fine, it is just dusty
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I save worn out sand from my cabinet blaster. This stuff works real nice on old aluminum manifolds that are supposed to be polished. The worn out sand cleans out the smallest pits better, plus it leaves a smooth surface for polishing.

Worn out media is also great for going over a badly pitted body; it really cleans out the last traces of rust in the pits.
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i use dupont starblast to clean rust. it is a fine media and cleans rust pits and tight spots well. we reclaim it around 5 times then change to new media. at 6 dollars a 50 lb bag it is just easier to change. as media is used it rounds off and gets less aggressive and like you i don't like trying to see in the dust cloud. we have a blast booth that pulls dust out but after 4 or 5 times it is just too dusty.
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Wowee, thats cheap alright! And I thought I was getting a good deal to get 25 lbs. for $20
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Wowee, thats cheap alright! And I thought I was getting a good deal to get 25 lbs. for $20
I agree it is $19.50 a bag for starblast and only about 7 a bag for 50 pounds of black beauty
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