Sandblasting Abrasive Media

Abrasive Blast Media

Throughout our site you'll find the term sandblasting or some variation. We use that terminology with the word "sand" included because it's familiar to our customers. The word sandblasting is as old as the industry itself, and refers to the sand used decades ago. NEVER use silica sand or any silica based media in ANY blast cabinet. Cyclone has never and will never supply silica based prodcuts. We offer a broad variety of abrasive blast media specific for your project.

Exposure to this mineral causes severe or fatal damage to lung tissue. DO NOT ever use silica sand in abrasive blast equipment.

How does abrasive media work?

Blasting abrasive media is what gets the work done when you combine the abrasive with a blasting system. The abrasive strikes the surface and removes material from your part(s). Within each abrasive description you can also find helpful material safety information (SDS) regarding safety surrounding each media type.

Glass beads? Garnet? Aluminum Oxide? Yes we have that.

When choosing an abrasive, it is important to always consider your safety and the safety of those around you. Abrasive blasting produces dust. Always understand the implications and ensure you are taking appropriate safety measures. We especially draw attention to NOT USING SILICA BASED SAND or abrasives that contain any silica. Blasting media comes in various sizes as well as the shape of the abrasive molecule. Depending on what you want to achieve with your work, the media selection is important.


Glass Beads


Description

Available in a wide range of sizes, glass beads are one of the most popular blast media used in abrasive blast cabinets today. This all-purpose media is used for honing, polishing, peening, blending, finishing, removing light burrs, frosting glass and cleaning most light foreign matter. Paint, rust, scale and surface residues are some of the common removal uses. Glass bead blasting generally will not change dimensional tolerances and can detect weld and solder flaws.

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Glass Bead Blast Abrasive Details

  • Glass beads are environmentally friendly, they are usually made from recycled glass.
  • Glass bead abrasives are relatively aggressive at removing material yet leave very little behind on the surface
  • Glass beads are silica free (Always follow all appropriate/recommended safety precautions regardless of abrasive type!)
  • A variety of "grit" sizes are available.
  • Non-ferrous.

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No chemical interference

Moderate wear cycle

Spherical shape

Recyclable depending upon use

Common Uses


Light Deburring

Surface Cleaning

Blending Machine Marks

Peening


Material Safety

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Part NumberSizeDescriptionPrice
500260-100 Grit50 US Pounds - Pail$44.00
500940-60 Grit50 US Pounds - Pail$48.50
5010100-170 Grit50 US Pounds - Pail$48.00
5011170-325 Grit50 US Pounds - Pail$48.00
5075170-325 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$Call for Price

Blasting Garnet


Description

Derived from a natural mineral, this abrasive is quick and clean and has minimal impact on the surface of the parts.

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Garnet Blast Abrasive Details

  • Garnet is another environmentally friendly, mineral based, abrasive option.
  • Garnet is an efficient option for removing surface material, and wears into a more round shape after each use cycle.
  • Garnet abrasive material is another silica free (Always follow all appropriate/recommended safety precautions regardless of abrasive type!)
  • Garnet is slightly harder than glass beads and has a moderately longer life cycle (Depending upon use factors).
  • Non-ferrous.

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No chemical interference

Moderate wear cycle

Spherical shape

Recyclable depending upon use

Common Uses


Light Deburring

Surface Cleaning

Blending Machine Marks

Peening


Material Safety

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Part NumberSizeDescriptionPrice
500855 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$37.50

White Aluminum Oxide


Description

Widely used as a cutting media. It can produce an 'anchor' pattern in preparation for re-coating. It is excellent for removing removing heavy foreign matter, deburring, etching glass and lettering stone. It is extremely fast cutting, can be reused several times before discarding. Aluminum oxide is also available in a variety of sizes.

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White Aluminum Oxide Blast Abrasive Details

  • Aluminum Oxide Media is perhaps the most popular abrasive available today.
  • Aluminum Oxide is an extremely "sharp" and longer lasting blast abrasive.
  • Always follow all appropriate/recommended safety precautions regardless of abrasive type!
  • Higher purity than brown aluminum oxide

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Higher purity than brown aluminum oxide

Moderate wear cycle

Angular shape

Recyclable depending upon use

Common Uses


Hard Material

Moderate wear cycle

Provides a uniform surface finish

Recyclable depending upon use


Material Safety

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Part NumberSizeDescriptionPrice
5006240 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$106.75

Brown Aluminum Oxide


Description

Widely used as a cutting media. It can produce an 'anchor' pattern in preparation for re-coating. It is excellent for removing removing heavy foreign matter, deburring, etching glass and lettering stone. It is extremely fast cutting, can be reused several times before discarding. Aluminum oxide is also available in a variety of sizes.

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Hard Material

Moderate wear cycle

Provides a uniform surface finish

Recyclable depending upon use

Common Uses


Stone & Glass Etching

Surface Cleaning

Rush & Paint Removal

Removing mill scale


Material Safety

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Part NumberSizeDescriptionPrice
503524 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$68.75
503636 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$68.75
502160 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$68.75
500780 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$68.75
5038100 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$72.00
5022120 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$72.00
5039150 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$72.00
5023180 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$76.75
5024220 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$78.00

Silicon Carbide


Description

Fast cutting. this sharp media is used for cleaning very hard surfaces such as tungsten carbide and stainless steel. Silicon carbide is also used in cutting and etching into stone and glass. Silicon carbide is available in a variety of sizes.

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Silicon Carbide Blast Abrasive Details

  • Silicon Carbide is considered by many as perhaps the hardest abrasive blasting media available.
  • Silicon Carbide abrasives are relatively aggressive at removing material yet leave very little behind on the surface
  • Silicon Carbide blast media is manufactured silica free (Always follow all appropriate/recommended safety precautions regardless of abrasive type!)
  • Silicon Carbide is a fast cutting, ideal for glass etching

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No chemical interference

Long wear cycle

Block shaped

Recyclable many times depending on use

Common Uses


Deburring

Cleaning

Finishing

Peening


Material Safety

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Part NumberSizeDescriptionPrice
502924 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$115.00
503180 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$121.00
5032100 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$132.00
5033180 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$143.00

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What is sandblasting?

Sandblasting is a familiar term, but is also an outdated term. The "sand" in the name is what was once used in blasting equipment. The abrasive nature of the sand was used in equipment to perform the work. IMPORTANT: It was found that silica, a mineral, was discovered in sand used by many to sandblast. You may see the terms sandblaster, sandblast cabinet, or sand blast cabinet on our site - but Cyclone absolutely DOES NOT RECOMMEND the use of any silica based product (sand) in any abrasive cabinet. Call us today: 269-782-9670 to talk about what abrasives can be used. We supply a wide range for almost any abrasive blast need.

Exposure to this mineral causes severe or fatal damage to lung tissue. DO NOT ever use silica sand in abrasive blast equipment.

Abrasive Blasting - A Better Name

Better known as abrasive blasting, the process is also known by many other names. Some people refer to these blast cabinets as glass bead blasters or garnet blasters. You can see the confusion. We can help. Cyclone Manufacturing has been around a long time and we have experience in all areas and applications of abrasive blasting. Abrasive blast cabinets are known as bead blasting cabinets, abrasive blast cabinets and is often spelled in various ways: media blasting, sandblast, sand blast, abrasive blasting, the list goes on. However you refer to it, we can help you with an application that suits your purpose. Just remember, be careful, read the instructions on any equipment, and contact us if you have questions! Your safety is important to us, but your safety is ultimately up to you! There are various types of abrasive blasters, abrasive blast cabinets, pressure pot blaster, and stand-alone siphon fed sandblast guns.

Abrasive Blast Hazards | Sandblast Safety

Combining pressure and projectiles is inherently dangerous and users should always refer to their instruction manual and use all necessary safety measures. It is always up to the end user to understand the dangers and take responsibility when using any abrasive blaster.

The Cyclone Abrasive Blast Cabinet Difference

We manufacture and stand behind our media blasting equipment and supplies and want our customers to be happy. Be wary with cheaper units which are more prone to leaks and are unstable because of poor construction. Cyclone Manufacturing's media blast cabinets and dust collectors, are constructed from steel and welded and sealed. Lesser models succumb easier to leaking and expose the work environment to dust and debris. Trust Cyclone with your project and you won't be disappointed. We are a company based in the USA, employ local families, and warranty our work.

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A Bit More on Abrasive Blasting


How Abrasives Impact a Surface

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Deburring Parts

Imagine drilling or cutting a piece of metal, or any material. Those little pieces that end up sticking to your work, on the cut edge, are burrs. Abrasive blasting easily removes these burrs from a work piece without doing damage to the surface of the piece.

Paint Removal

Depending upon the material, age of paint, and desired residual surface, a media bead blast cabinet can be used to remove paint from material. As with sandpaper rubbing against the surface, the abrasive is shot toward the material and removes the paint from the material. Care must be taken, however, not to overly blast the piece or undesired damage could occur.

Stone Engraving

Gravestone engraving is a popular use for media blasting. Although stone is hard, exposure to a media blast stream will allow the user to carve into the stone leaving behind a beautiful result.

Glass Engraving

The growing wine and craft beer market is an excellent opportunity to present the craft in an engraved glass vessel. Some will use lasers or acid wash to engrave glass, nothing replaces the ultra-crisp edges that abrasive blasting can produce.

Surface Preparation

Sometimes applying paint, adhesive, or other compounds requires a properly prepped surface. In some cases, a rough surface is best to improve the application. Abrasives bounding off the surface from a bead blasting system can produce a magnificent surface on which to apply products/chemicals.

De-Flashing

In many industries that "mold" plastics into shapes, the residual material that is in excess of the produced parts can be easily removed using a blast system. A gentle application of an abrasive blast cabinet toward the product flashing can quickly and easily remove the material without damaging the part.

Peening

During abrasive blast cabinet peening, the abrasive leaves the blast nozzle, impacts the part, and mostly strengthens the part. The type of abrasive used to perform this action will greatly determine if you end up peening the piece or deburring the piece.

Weld Splatter Removal

While welding, it is natural for "sparks to fly" and when they land on a part, they leave behind small pieces. This "splatter" can be removed with an abrasive blast cabinet/system without damaging the weld or the work piece.