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fcastro 02-04-2008 08:55 PM

Where Do You Guys Buy Bead Blasting Media locally??
Hi guys, I live in NJ and I can't seem to find a place to pick up some bead blasting media. The home depots and lowes don't have any.

thanks in advance! :D

sonicweb 02-04-2008 10:03 PM

Blasting Media
I did a quick search, you did not say what city you were in, but when I used to do field service work, I would get on the internet or check out the industrial supply houses such as Grainger, Fastenal, Endres, etc. Here is another favorite place of mine to search "thomasnet" There is a vendor in Northern NJ that is a supplier. Worst case is call them and see who they can send you to locally! :thumbup:

fcastro 02-04-2008 10:17 PM

Hey sonic thanks for the advice! I'm in Wayne NJ, figured the big stores would carry blasting media. Didn't think of grainger either...I will check out those resources!

Chevrolet4x4s 02-04-2008 10:22 PM

I use play sand and pool filter sand.


sonicweb 02-04-2008 10:36 PM

Blasting Media
Regular sand releases silica. Check out the info here:

Silica free media -$7-12 dollars a bag
Play box sand - free-3 dollars a bag

Cost of:
Hospital bills?
Death and funeral expenses?

All to save $4-9 dollars.

Now, being able to work on your next hot rod project - Priceless.

I bet I am going to get flamed for this one.... :thumbup:

scotzz 02-05-2008 01:40 AM

Then I guess play sand isn't safe for kids to play in???

justold 02-05-2008 04:59 AM

I purchase mine at Tractor Supply .

F&J 02-05-2008 05:45 AM

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 :D

vettedreams2001 02-05-2008 06:09 AM

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.

Dugg 02-05-2008 08:30 AM

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

Henry Highrise 02-05-2008 08:31 AM

Two places in my area sell blasting media... the local welding supply store as well as the concrete plant.

CDJr 02-07-2008 12:23 AM

I buy glass-bead and aluminum oxide at Harbor-Freight :thumbup:

fcastro 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. :thumbup:

CDJr 02-07-2008 01:02 AM

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 :sweat:

fcastro 02-07-2008 01:03 AM

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.

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