Sandblasting Media Guide
Glass Beads - Aluminum Oxide - Silicon Carbide

Abrasive Blast Media Guide

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. We simply DO NOT recommend using sand in a "sandblasting" cabinet. We offer a broad variety of abrasive blast media specific for your project.

Exposure to this silica is known to causes severe and often 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.

Abrasive Media Safety

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.

Affordable glass beads, white/brown aluminum oxide, garnet, and silicon carbide.

Cyclone provides abrasives at affordable prices. Compare our prices to the competition and you can see that we make abrasives affordable. Whether a single pail or a pallet, we make abrasives budget friendly.


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Glass Bead Media

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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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$37.00

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$108.00

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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Black 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$120.00
503180 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$126.00
5032100 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$137.00
5033180 Grit50 US Pounds - Box$149.00