Basics- Knowledge

As you may have read before, sandblasting can be used for a lot of different things. With the use of some creativity, you can also use this industrial piece of equipment for arts and craft items too.

A sandblaster can be used for cleaning cars, old rusty metal parts, concrete, rocks, and wood. Blasting glass, rock, and wood subjects usually leans more toward the creativity side. Its amazing to see the kind of personalized items and signs you can produce with a sandblaster.

Sandblasting rusty metal, cars, concrete, and paint off is the primary means of using this type of equipment. This is used to clean surfaces, which works quite well with little effort from your part. If a item has intricate complex areas with deep grooves, sanding or cleaning inside works best with abrasive blasting. Since the media particles are very small, it can easily be blasted inside. It would take a lot of effort or would be impossible to sand inside complex surfaces with sandpaper.

Overall, its used for flat surfaces too, because its just plain easier and quicker.

So if you use a sandblaster only for industrial cleaning applications, learn more about how you can put it into more work with the creative side.  Or vise versa.  Scan through the site to find more information.

Here is a list of more industries that blast for cleaning:

  • Car Restoration
  • Concrete Cleaning
  • Sandcarving for glass, rocks, and boulders
  • Aircraft Maintenance Industries
  • Dental Industries
  • Fading Blue Jean Clothing
  • Cleaning Building Rust and Bridges

15 responses to “Basics- Knowledge”

  1. Bob Hayes

    I seen that my account was charged for the down load info, but I havent received the link to the pdf. So far everything is very interesting and will be very useful.
    Bob Hayes

  2. Eric R. W.

    Hi Bob, I have it set up so that you are redirected to the download page right after payment. You should have also received a email which gives you a receipt and a link to download it. I’ll send you an email right away just in case. Thanks for your purchase and I hope it helps with any sandblasting problems!

  3. Phill Murray

    Hello Eric.
    Have been researching the proper compressor to buy and have decided to go with Ingersoll Rotary screw as it is more powerful and constant, cheaper to own as operates on less power and seems to be better long term. My projects include glass and rock/concrete carving and classic car restoration and painting. Looking at using a photoresist for carving. Will get stencils made by another signcutter before I decide to buy my own. All the best from Phill

  4. Peter

    I worked on IR compressors in Britain.
    Very high output, smallest one was 80scfm no load on a 1″ airllne and the largest 650CFM through a 2″ discharge hose (road construction equipment)
    Ultra reliable, only change one set of compressor screw bearings in 8yrs
    You do need some special tools if you work on the compressor unit and the oil cooler/seperator clamp nuts loosen regularly due to thermal action (heating/cooling of pipes)
    Get a slotted socket to tighten them up without dismantling guards

  5. Peter

    Forgot to mention, they were all set at 90psi free air discharge capacity

  6. Eric R. W.

    Peter, thanks for sharing your info. Those type of air compressors seem interesting.

    Hey, if you wanted to write a blog post about anything, let me know. It would be much appreciated since I haven’t tested every compressor and sandblaster brand known.


  7. YY


    I just purchased your e-book about how to fix the inconsistent media flow. I had problem with inconsistent media flow with pressure pot blaster, and will try some of your ideas.

    As general, do you think which blasting will be more easy to control of the media flow regardless of removal rate of the materials: siphon blasting or pressure pot? I am working on Al surface etching with certain pattern. The uniformity of the etch across whole surface is very critical. A consist media flow is my number one issue to get controlled.


  8. pule

    I wana get training for sandblast

  9. sam


  10. Bryan Rudolph

    I would pay to take a hands on class on Sandblasting do & don’ts …

  11. Nazir Ahmad

    I am from pakistan and a quite new beginner. I want to start the engraving work with sand and air tank. Kindly inform me about the size of air tank (Ibs), electric motor (HP), air compressor, sand quality and nozzles for engraving on the granite marble. I will be most grateful to you.

  12. Caleb Bollinger

    I am an 18 year old from sycamore Ohio and I do a lot of tractor restorations and such. I just purchased a pressurized sand blaster from a local auction to add to my arsenal of tools. Before that I only had a small syphen feed blast cabinet. The blasters work great but I need help on setting up the system and figuring out what I may need for a compressor. Im thinking I need about 25 CFMS but not sure if thats enough. I am kinda new to the sandblasting system for I used to use a wire wheel before.

  13. Michelle

    Hi my name is michelle and I’m new to sandblasting. I want to blast into 3″ granite piece to make headstones. I read your ebook, and thank you for the info. Not sure what kind of pressure pot to get for this kind of work. Can you help me?

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