Sandblasting FAQs

Person sandblasting a metal part

Coating industrial equipment is a great way to make it last longer and withstand heavy-duty wear and tear. But if your equipment is already caked with dirt, rust, or other corrosion, you might be wondering the best way to prepare the surface of the product to be coated. 


The answer is sandblasting.


Sandblasting is a great way to even out a surface and prepare it for coating, but you might have questions about it. Coating Systems will answer some commonly asked sandblasting questions.

What is sandblasting?

Sandblasting, also known as abrasive blasting, is the process of propelling sand, glass beads, ground-up plastic pieces, or walnut shells at an object using compressed air. This can easily smooth or shape the outer surface of the object, particularly if it is made of metal or glass.

Why is sandblasting performed?

Sandblasting is an effective way to strip, smooth, or shape the outer layer of an object without damaging it. Sandblasting is often used to remove old paint from cars or houses because it is effective at removing the paint layer without damaging the surface of the structure. 


Sandblasting is also great for removing layers of rust or corrosion and can be used to shape the outer layer of an object.

Why is sandblasting better than other methods?

Sandblasting smooths the surface of the metal or glass evenly without causing any dents and does it quickly and efficiently. It is much faster to smooth and shape metal, or to remove blemishes, rust, or corrosion through sandblasting than to do it by hand. Saving time also saves money.

What surfaces can sandblasting be used on?

Sandblasting is safe for many surfaces including:

  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Concrete
  • Stone
  • Glass


The method of sandblasting and sandblasting material used can be changed based on the surface, which is why it is important to choose a professional company that has experience.


Can sandblasting prep a surface to be coated?

Since sandblasting is a quick way to smooth a surface, it can be a great way to prep a tool or piece of equipment to be coated. If the equipment has already been in use and has a built-up layer of rust, corrosion, or other damage, sandblasting can remove these layers easily. The result is a clean surface that wet or dry coating can adhere to.


Who offers sandblasting services for my company? 

Coating Systems, based in Harrison, Ohio, and Greater Cincinnati, offers sandblasting as well as coating services.

Call us today at 1-800-593-7754 or contact us online.