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err 07-03-2011 02:29 PM

why cant i find blasting media for as cheap as everyone says it is?
the cheapest i can find it is 40$ per 50lb bag

and i am reading on forums people get black beauty and other stuff for 5-15$ per 100lb bag

you guys censored w t f? really?

what am i missing?

i am in dc 07-03-2011 03:29 PM

Find a real building supplier. Not a big box store..A store that supplies concrete, stone, etc. supplies..

err 07-03-2011 05:54 PM

will do


matt167 07-03-2011 11:21 PM

Black Beauty is $20ish at my local TSC

ogre 07-04-2011 08:34 AM

clean, sifted sand from home depot is what we use in our blast cabinet.
$4 a bag, works well out of the bag.
they have med and coarse available.

zbhover 07-04-2011 11:53 AM

I buy 50lbs bags of black abrasive blasting sand from the local menards for like 5 or 10 bucks for doing blasting on my V8 Beetle

I also have a fancy sand blaster:

And a highly advanced abrasive collection system:

But it does a great job, even with my 5hp 30 gallon air compressor. I just wire wheel as much of the rust and junk off before sand blaster so it isn't quite as slow going:

More pictures of this stuff at:


JohnnyK81 07-04-2011 01:11 PM

ahahha.. Now that's a setup!

I don't know how you have the patience.. I had a large 2 pump 2 motor compressor (Which I need gone! Someone come buy it!! ;) ) and I even went so far as to buy a pressure blaster to use with it. I got about 1 foot on my car and called it a day and sent it out.

hduff 08-01-2011 06:44 PM


Originally Posted by ogre
clean, sifted sand from home depot is what we use in our blast cabinet. $4 a bag, works well out of the bag. they have med and coarse available.

Any concerns about silicosis? Or in the quantities you use, it is not a concern?

It seems that using silica as an abrasive is not allowed in Germany, Britain, Sweden or Belgium for this reason. OSHA still allows it.

timothale 08-01-2011 07:06 PM

wet blaster
I have a wet blaster that hooks up to my 3500 psi pressure washer, It was about $80 from northern tool. NO dust using it . I haven't done anything large with it..I have about a yard of sand left in my trailer . My step daughter had her house stuccoed and I let them haul material and use my mixer The old mixer needs blasted to remove old concrete spills and repainted the wet blaster makes a mess everythere that I have to hose down.

Chevymon 08-01-2011 08:12 PM

This seems to be a much better and safer alternative for blasting abrasives. They claim by using the fine grit, if the pressure is cut to 50 PSI, it will clean sheet metal without warping
Has anyone used it? You don't get the contaminates on the metal with it, and its only $8 per 50 lb bag

retromotors 08-01-2011 08:29 PM

Got a Tractor Supply Co. near you?
Black Beauty - $7.99 for 50 lb. bag.

Chevymon 08-01-2011 08:38 PM

There is a lot more to it than price

retromotors 08-02-2011 08:23 AM


Originally Posted by Chevymon
There is a lot more to it than price

Well, that's pretty cryptic. Would you care to elaborate on that?

Chevymon 08-02-2011 08:41 AM

If you were giving the OP an answer, then my opologies. But your reply was right after mine, so I assumed your response was to mine.
I have only used sand and obviously want something better, and I'm trying to get information.
The New age claim is:
New Age Blast Media is a safer alternative to sandblasting medias including sand, coal slag, and other minerals that may contain heavy metals or silica.
Cleaner: Manufactured from 100% Recycled Container Glass. Directly helps reduce landfill waste and limits the use of more toxic slags. Non reactive and inert. Can be used near and around water.
Safer: Dust is classified by OSHA / NIOSH as "nuisance" dust. Contains less than 1% free silica unlike most coal slags and has virtually none of the OSHA identified Heavy / Toxic Metals assoicated with slags and some other mineral abraisives.
Faster: Crushed glass delivers a natural, whiter metal finish that many other sandblasting abrasives. Significantly less embedment issues, up to 5 times less than slags. Dust is translucent, which allows for increased visibility and operator production!

OneMoreTime 08-02-2011 10:44 AM

I use the crushed glass and I believe it cuts better and with less air pressure than other media I have used. Play sand is not screened or graded so it clogs the blaster..Regular sand takes more air and media to work well in my opinion so it saves nothing..


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