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Question: What is Dustless Blasting?
Our Dustless Blasting system is new way of blasting without all of the disadvantages of traditional media blasting.
Our system utilizes water and a rust inhibitor. The water cools metal surfaces and prevents warping. The water also keeps dust out of the air and grounds any particulate matter.
This system is environmentally friendly. We use recycled media which is 100% safe for the environment.
Question: What kind of abrasive does your blaster use?
Our system can use just about any abrasive that sinks in water and doesn’t dissolve. Our favorite is recycled bottle glass because it’s clean, and good for a wide range of jobs. Most importantly it is not hazardous to health like other media. Utilizing recycled bottle glass also helps the environment by keeping glass bottles out of land fills. Since we are recycling we are not contributing to future mining of other blasting media.
Question: Does your system cause warping like sand blasting can?
Our system will not cause warping, because friction and heat are actually reduced by the water utilized in our system. In fact the temperature of the metal being blasted usually comes down about 10 degrees from ambient. Warping occurs when metal heats up due to friction from dry abrasive used in traditional blasters.
Question: Since water is used, won’t it rust metal?
We use a rust inhibitor called HoldTight 102 to prevent flash rusting for up to 72 hours. This extremely effective rust inhibitor is added to the blast water to prevent flash rust during blasting, and then used to rinse after blasting is complete. It is important to paint within this 72 hour window. Rain and other contaminants can shorten this window of protection.
This rust inhibitor will not leave any film or residue on the surface.
Question: Will your blaster damage surfaces?
We can adjust our blaster to work on most any surface without causing damage. Contact Us to let us know what surface you have concerns about.
Question: How long will it take to blast?
We can give you an estimate on whatever it is you need blasted. Since most everyone drives a car these days we can use that as a common reference. An average car will take 2 to 3 hours to strip the exterior paint.
Keep in mind that different coatings remove at different speeds. Deep rust for example removes slower than a couple coats of paint.
Please contact us so we can give you an answer for your specific needs.
Question: Why not sand blasting or soda blasting?
Why not sand blasting?
Sand blasting has several known disadvantages.
Sand blasting can cause warping and deep pitting in metal. It can cause unwanted pitting and deterioration to brick, block, stone, concrete, wood, and fiberglass. Sand blasting is simply too aggressive.
Dust plumes are commonly associated with sand blasting. This causes major cleanup projects and severe health hazards unless expensive containment measures are taken.
Sand blasting can cause sparks which can ignite nearby combustibles including oils, and grease which may exist on the surface.
Sand blasting is not an environmentally friendly method of blasting. The use of blasting sand encourages earth scarring mining.
Why not soda blasting?
Soda blasting has several known disadvantages.
Soda blasting is generally a much slower process than Sandblasting and Dustless blasting. More time usually translates to more cost. Soda blasting companies tout that since soda is less aggressive, that they don't spend as much time removing or masking parts that could be damaged. What they don't tell you is that the blasting process takes much much longer.
A very large disadvantage with using soda is that most paint companies will not warranty a paint job on any surface known to have been soda blasted. This is because soda is alkaline and most paints are acidic. This causes a neutralizing reaction and the paint bond prematurely fails and peels or flakes. Whether you are interested in a warranty or not you likely want the paint job to be lasting.
It is important to note that if soda is being used outdoors that it harms and even kills grass and other plants by effecting the ph balance of the soil.
Dust plumes are commonly associated with soda blasting. This causes major cleanup projects and severe health hazards unless expensive containment measures are taken.
Blasting Soda is made from Soda Ash which is derived from an ore known as Trona. Soda blasting is not an environmentally friendly method of blasting. The use of Blasting Soda encourages earth scarring mining.
Left side: Our Blaster Right side: Sand blaster
Sand blasting: Indoors = Major cleanup
Sand blasting: Outdoors = Major Cleanup
Sand blasting: Outdoors = Major cleanup
Sand blasting: Time is money.
Extensive cleanup times = more $.
Alternative? $ Expensive containment $
Sand blasting: Severe Health Hazards
Sand blasting: Encourages earth scaring mining
Sand blasting: Encourages earth scaring mining
<--Dangerous air pollution.
Soda blasting: Paint companies will not warranty paint jobs on known soda blasted surfaces.
Soda blasting: Changes Ph of soil, killing plants.
Soda blasting: Time is money. Soda takes longer.
Soda blasting: Just 1 of many Trona Mines
Soda blasting: Trona Mine