Sandblasting Basics    

Sandblasting Basics    

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There are many jobs to do around the house, in auto shops, and in workshops. There are just as many tools to get these jobs done. Hobbyists and DIYers love their tools, so this wealth of options only makes things more fun. Take the multi-functional sandblaster, for instance. Sandblasters come in a variety of types and sizes, making them the convenient go-to-tool for a variety of projects. Read on to learn about sandblasting basics, types of sandblasters, how to use a sandblaster, and the sorts of projects a sandblaster could help you out with.

What is sandblasting?

Sandblasting means forcefully propelling an abrasive at a surface. Peppering a surface with little abrasive bits effectively sands the surface in a way similar to how sandpaper might. But sandblasters can be really, really powerful: you can use a sandblaster to smooth out hard surfaces like concrete, for example, which is not the sort of project you’d want to tackle with a mere piece of sandpaper.

Types of sandblasters

Sandblasters come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Small sandblasters are little handheld, all-in-one devices that you can use to blast very small surfaces and do detail work. The largest sandblasters are so big that they’re essentially outside of the scope of this article — such super-sized sandblasters are really only used by big industrial operations and won’t be very relevant to you as a DIYer. But there are lots of sandblasters that fall in between these two extremes, which means you’re sure to find one that’s the right size for your particular job.

Some sandblasters reduce waste by taking the abrasive they use and reusing it. A sand blast cabinet will do this, meaning that you’ll have to worry less about supplying your sandblasters with fresh abrasive.

Although you can make your own sandblaster, we don’t recommend this. It’s best to leave it to the pros and buy the real deal. Getting a professionally made sandblaster will be safer and smarter, and with affordable new and used purchase options, there’s no reason to cheap out.

How to use a sandblaster

Sandblasters aren’t tough to use and you’re sure to get the hang of things pretty quickly. Of course, there is always room for improvement, and watching an experienced professional at work with a sandblaster can be quite a treat.

Beginners should remember to prepare their project carefully before they start blasting. Use your body weight to control the sandblaster and work smoothly and steadily.

What to use a sandblaster for

Some sandblasting projects are big industrial jobs, but there are also plenty of ways to use sandblasters in your house or on your vehicle as a hobbyist or a DIYer. The key is to find a job that suits the scale of your passion — and a sandblaster that suits the scale of your job.

The smallest sandblasters can be used for work that’s as delicate as frosting glass in detailed patterns. Larger ones can be a big help in your home improvement and auto body projects. Smoothing out cement and brick on your patio or on your home’s walls is just the sort of task that a sandblaster was made for. A little blast of abrasive on a gunked-up nut, bolt, or engine part can make your engine rebuild or other car repair or restoration job a whole lot easier.

You might be surprised by just how much you could use your sandblaster for. Why not buy or rent one and explore your options?

 

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