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Ten Interesting Facts About Blast Abrasives
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge

Blast Abrasives have been around for years and a very important part of our industrial and construction industries. To help our customers with some common facts about abrasive blasting media we have put together the graphic below with ten facts about abrasives!  

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How to select the Best Abrasive for Surface Preparation in 2020
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge
Blast Abrasive Products

Not all Blast Abrasives are created equal.  Selecting the optimum Abrasive Media for Abrasive Blasting Surface Preparation is the most important decision to be made to achieve the lowest overall cost per square foot. Choosing the best (lowest cost per square foot) abrasive for a project involves answering the following questions: Which Abrasive(s) will allow…

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Comparison Blastox to Enviroprep
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge

Most industrial infrastructures such as bridges, refineries, pipeline, etc. that were coated before 1990 will have some level of lead-based paint on the carbon steel.  During that earlier period, Lead paint systems were not only economical but were among the most effective corrosion control systems available. Today however, removal of lead-based systems is highly regulated…

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It is impossible to abrasive blast steel and apply coating in the same day?
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge
same day coating system

It Can’t be Done! It is impossible to abrasive blast steel, apply 3-coat coating system and ship the same day – correct? Well, that’s just what we did in the Midwest area 2 weeks ago. Our customer (fairly large Fabricator) was running late in the fabrication process of producing pipe.  So late that they only…

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Don’t Let Cold, Damp Weather Delay Production
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge

Winter weather typically slows down the construction trade – and Blast and Painting operations are no exception.  Cold, wet weather affects equipment reliability, work access, drying/curing of coatings and worker safety. By way of comparison, Blast operations are less affected by colder weather (unless extreme) – while Painting operations can be totally shut down.  Conventional…

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Low-Dust Abrasive Benefits
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Safety

Many Blast & Paint Contractors or Fabricators have decided to move away from using the relatively inexpensive silica sand (Meramec Sand, Flint, Ottawa, River Sand,Beach Sand, etc.).  Historically, silica sand has been the abrasive of choice due to lowest cost per ton,accessibility and marginal effectiveness. However, current OSHA Airborne Silica Exposure Standards along with airborne silica…

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Media Selection for Slurry Blast Operations
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge

The low-dust Slurry Blast machines have gained popularity due to their inherent lack of dust – while maintaining a portion of the Production speed compared to dry blasting operations. Slurry Blast unit manufacturers (think EcoQuip from Graco, Dustless Blasting, Greener Blast, Clemco Wetblast Flex) have typically recommended Crushed Glass Abrasive as the media of choice…

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Nozzle Pressure a primary factor for any Abrasive Blast operation
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge

Nozzle Pressure is the primary ingredient in efficiency for any Abrasive Blast operation. When visiting a Blast Shop operation for the first time, our first measurement taken is the Nozzle Pressure. Turns out that Nozzle Pressure is the primary indicator whether a Blast Shop will benefit from the use of High Performance Abrasives – or,…

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The revised Beryllium Regulation Standard
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Safety

OSHA recently enacted the revised Beryllium Standard for airborne exposure to trace amounts of Be (Beryllium).  The original intent was to regulate airborne exposures of Be present in Be production facilities where levels are necessarily quite high.  At the last minute of the OSHA Be revision process included the Blast Abrasives industry in the revised…

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Blast Abrasive Delivery Cost Increase
  • Posted by: Keith Gabbard
  • Category: Abrasive Knowledge

Blast Abrasives delivered costs are shooting up! 2018 is turning out to be an exceptional year – in terms of cost increases for Abrasives. Not necessarily the cost of the Abrasive itself, but coupled with the Delivery cost, we are experiencing increases anywhere from 20% to 40% in landed cost compared to 2017. Why the…

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