How Does Sandblasting Work?

Coating Systems explains sandblasting

How Does Sandblasting Work?

Coating Systems offers high quality, professional options for industrial professionals when it comes to lubrication. Whether you are looking for dip spin coating or powder coating, or a range of options for o-ring coating, we have the expertise to help. We also offer sandblasting, which has its own unique benefits in industrial applications.
If you are curious about sandblasting, how it relates to what we do, and how we can help, then the Coating Systems blog is here to provide some information. Find out how sandblasting works, how it was developed, and why you should contact us to benefit from our experience.

When Was Sandblasting Invented?

This process is older than you might think. It was invented in the later 1800s by an American soldier named Benjamin Chew Tilghman. Supposedly, Tilghman’s idea came from seeing the effect of windblown sand on windows in the desert during his time in the military.
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His first patent for sandblasting was filed in the US sometime in 1870, and a patent in the UK followed later in the year. Following the official patent, Tilghman would win awards for his invention, and go on to introduce modifications for new uses and further develop the method as time went on.
Wheelabrator Tilghman, now known as Wheelabrator Group, was founded in Britain by Tilghman in the late 1800s following his success, and still trades to this day.

How It Works

The process is fairly simple. Through propelling an abrasive substance at a high velocity onto a surface using compressed air, the surface can be worn away, or have an outer layer stripped completely, depending on the result you want to achieve and the substance used.
While the word “sand” is used in the name, a variety of different substances are used depending on the work being done: fine glass beads, plastic beads, crushed walnut shells, still grit, corn cob grit and more. This is because regular sand contains silica, which can be risky if breathed during the process.

What Are Common Uses For It?

This method of abrasion has a wide variety of uses, from industrial, to commercial and even domestic.
The most common uses include stripping old, peeling and blistered paint from houses or buildings, stripping the surface of cars or other vehicles in order to apply new paint, restoring outdoor furniture, or stripping away concrete walkways and bigger structures to properly clean them.
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As with any process that uses heavy equipment and intense abrasion, you should always leave this kind of work to professionals to avoid the risk of injury or damaging property.

Sandblasting Services at Coating Systems

Whether you are looking for sandblasting services or different coating options, Coating Systems has what you need. With years of experience in helping clients find the right lubrication and coating methods for their industrial applications, we have the knowledge, experience, and dedication to quality that we can bring to you. Contact Coating Systems today.