Everyone is always wandering what kind of sand does a sandblaster use. Well there is a lot of different kinds of sand used for different sandblasting applications. Most people automatically think that regular play sand is the abrasive media used, but it actually is the least recommend for a few reasons.
It is very cheap but it has dangerous risks involved because it can cause a lung disease called silicosis. Since sand is mainly composed of silica, it is the most dangerous. Another reason it isn’t used much anymore is because it also wears out quicker. Other abrasive media is used for sandblasters because it can be recycled inside your sandblasting cabinet.
Since play sand has these huge and risky disadvantages, most people choose some of the other sandblaster media mentioned. There is a list of the most popular types used for sandblasters. To help you choose even more, it really depends on your application. The harder the media is the faster and easier it is to remove tougher grime off your substrate.