As many people well know, pressure cleaning is a fast and effective way to clean and prepare many different exterior surfaces. However, not too many people know about pressure cleaning’s cousin, “sandblasting”. Sandblasting is another form of surfacing clean and preparation. There are two forms of sandblasting, wet and dry. Today, Big Moose Pressure Cleaning would like to share more about wet and dry sandblasting, and some of the many ways sandblasting can be used.
Wet VS Dry Sandblasting
Wet and dry sandblasting are two methods of abrasive blasting that both use sand or other similar types of materials to clean or prepare various surfaces. The primary difference between the two methods is basically wet uses water and dry does not.
Dry sandblasting – Dry sandblasting utilizes compressed air that propels abrasive materials onto a surface to remove contaminants or even is used to prepare the surface for painting, staining or other types of coating. Dry sandblasting produces a lot of dust and debris, which can be harmful to the environment and the operator’s health. That is why dry sandblasting is only used for outdoor applications and requires ventilation and protective gear. Sandblasting should never be done unless by a licensed and trained technician.
Wet sandblasting – Wet sandblasting is different as it involves mixing the abrasive materials with water. The mixture is then applied onto the surface to be cleaned. The water helps to reduce the amount of dust and debris produced during sandblasting. Wet sandblasting is a bit safer and more environmentally friendly. Wet sandblasting typically can be used for both indoor and out applications.
What Can Sandblasting Be Used For?
Sandblasting is a process that involves applying an abrasive material, such as sand with high velocity onto a surface. The abrasive material impacts the surface and removes any contaminants, rust, old paint, or other unwanted materials. Depending on the need for sandblasting, wet or dry, may be the preferred method. However, both types of sandblasting have similar uses. One of the most common uses for sandblasting is for surface preparation. Sandblasting can effectively prepare surfaces for painting, staining or to receive a types of coating, or bonding. Sandblasting removes all contaminants and leaves a clean and smooth surface. It is commonly used in the construction industry to prepare the different surfaces to be painted or receive coatings or adhesives. Another common use of sandblasting is of course cleaning. Sandblasting can remove stubborn stains, dirt, and grime from a number of different material or surfaces, including metal, wood, concrete, and brick. It is particularly useful in situations where other cleaning methods have been unsuccessful or ineffective. Sandblasting can also be used for restoration projects. Sandblasting can help to restore old or worn-out structures including buildings, bridges, or statues. Sandblasting can remove years of corrosion, wear and tear and reveal the original surface beneath. Sandblasting is a great tool for restoring antique furniture, metalwork, and more.