Sandblasting, more appropriately called media blasting, is a process of stripping away old paint and rust from hard surfaces such as metal before applying a new coat of paint via powder coating. AR Iron specializes in media blasting and powder coating gates, fences, outdoor furniture, ATVs, rims, and nearly any metal surface for customers in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada.
Why is it called Sandblasting?
Media blasting is commonly referred to as sandblasting because sand is sometimes used as an abrasive to strip away the paint and rust. However, sand creates potential health hazards, and can damage the surface of the object. AR Iron prefers to use garnet, aluminum oxide, walnut shells, and other medias. These other medias are just as effective as sand without the potential risks associated with silica found in sand, which is the reason the term media blasting is more appropriate.
How does sandblasting work?
Media blasting (or sandblasting) can be done using a variety of media blasters. All types of media blasters have a ceramic barrel – or other type of coating to protect it from erosion. The barrel is attached to a hose which connects it to a pressurized air tank, or compressor. On smaller models for personal use, a hopper on top of a pressurized gun will release the sand (or other abrasive media) into the air flow and blow it against the surface of the object you’re blasting. These smaller sandblasters can be effective for smaller projects, but they take more time and can be less cost effective than commercial grade pressure blasters.
AR Iron uses some of the highest quality sandblasters in Las Vegas or Henderson, Nevada. These top-of-the-line commercial grade pressure blasters can remove even the heaviest rust and body filler from metal objects. They consist of a canister much larger than you would find on a model for personal use which is filled with an abrasive such as garnet, aluminum oxide, or walnut shells, and pressurized to be forced out through the hose along with air when the trigger of the gun is pulled. The device can produce and withstand much higher pressure than smaller models, which allows it to quickly remove layers of paint and rust without using an excessive amount of media.
What can you media blast?
‘What can’t you media blast’ might be a better question. We’ve sandblasted everything from golf clubs to staircases. No project is too big or too small. Our media blast room measures 12’12’22’, so it can hold almost any object you would need to remove paint and rust from. Most commonly we media blast and powder coat outdoor patio furniture, gates, fences, and automotive parts (rims, motorcycles, ATVs, etc.).
If you need paint or rust sandblasted off your furniture, automotive parts, or other surfaces, please give AR Iron a call and let us answer your questions or schedule a service.
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