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Common Sandblasting Mistakes and Why They Happen Private

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If you need to clean something quickly and efficiently, sandblasting is one the best ways. While it's most often used in commercial applications, sandblasting has several uses around the home. This method of cleaning involves shooting small pellets or particles out of an air compressor at a very high speed. When these particles strike a surface, any surface debris such as old paint or rust is blasted away.

As effective as sandblasting is, there are many potential mistakes involved in the process. Sandblasting can be dangerous, and it can also damage many surfaces. Here, we'll take a closer look at this cleaning method and the mistakes most commonly made by homeowners (and by professionals working on residential projects). We'll also let you know how to avoid these dangerous and expensive mistakes.


When using your sandblaster, be sure to stay out of range as much as possible. Different units use different amounts of air pressure, and this affects just how far particles will be blown back toward the user. When you rent or purchase your sandblaster, be sure to ask a knowledgeable salesperson how far back you need to stand in order to stay safe. If you can't find anybody who knows, contact the manufacturer.

Once you have suitable protection for yourself, be sure to keep pets and people away from the area in which you will be working. Let everybody in the household know to stay away until you've finished.

Using the Wrong Type of Particles

A surprisingly large number of particles are available for use during sandblasting. While some are only available to professionals, many can be purchased by DIY handymen. These particles have very different degrees of hardness, and are appropriate for very different types of jobs.

Traditional sand is the most obvious and most common choice for shot blasting machine. However, don't make the mistake of using just any sand. Any large pieces of debris in the sand, such as small rocks, can do a large amount of damage to the surface you're working on. They're also extremely dangerous when flying around at high speeds. If your home center doesn't carry sand specifically intended for sandblasting use, look for sand intended for use in children's' sand boxes. This sand is usually rather fine, and free of debris.

If you have a pool with calcium deposits on the tiles, you may find that glass beads are your best bet for safely removing stains. These beads are extremely fine and round in shape, allowing them to remove calcium stains without damaging your tile. Bead blasting can also remove fungus, mold and mildew from pool grout.

ollect Blasting Materials

In the world of commercial sandblasting, a sand blasting cabinet is often used. This self-contained unit collects all of the blasting material, allowing it to be used many times. This saves money and reduces waste.

You can take a hint from the commercial blasting industry and collect your own blasting material. A very common mistake when tackling DIY sandblasting work, using sand blasting tank is allowing all your blasting material to literally fly away. Collecting this material and using it again not only saves you money, but it cuts down on how many times you have to carry heavy bags to your blasting site.

You don't need anything as elaborate as a blasting cabinet to collect most of your blasting material. A simple tarp or an old sheet laid on the ground will do just fine. Be sure to extend the sheet far enough out in all directions to catch as much blasting material as possible.

Attempting Too Much DIY

Sandblasting is a big project. It intimidates many homeowners, which is perfectly understandable. After all, it can be very dangerous and has the potential to severely damage your home and property.

Don't make the mistake of taking on sandblasting if you're not completely comfortable with the situation. Wielding as much power as a sandblaster delivers takes confidence. If you don't have that confidence, don't feel bad or embarrassed...that's why professional sandblasting companies exist!

It's also important to accurately weigh the cost of a DIY sandblasting job. In some cases, it's actually less expensive to call in professionals. In reality, only a very busy and dedicated home handyman (or woman) with plenty of projects lined up has a real need for their own sandblasting device. If this doesn't describe you and your situation, you'll probably save money by calling in the pros. In addition to saving yourself the hassle and expense of purchasing, learning about and storing a large and bulky machine, you'll benefit 

If you choose to find a contractor online, the same rules apply. Check qualifications and ask questions. Try to obtain at least three bids for your project before making a decision. This will let you see an average of what the going rate for sand blasting room work is in your area. Remember that while the highest bid does not necessarily represent the highest quality, it's also important to be wary of significantly low bids. Some less-than-reputable contractors will use a low bid to get themselves hired, only to either take off with your money without doing any work, or cutting corners and doing a poor-quality job.

Whether you're tackling this project on a DIY basis, or hiring professionals, the most common mistakes are really very simple to avoid. Think ahead, research and ask questions to ensure you have the best possible finished results.