We offer a number of different media types and you will see at a glance when you enter the shop
which machines are loaded with what. Let’s run down the list of the commonly used ones and the
less common or specialty medias as well.
Garnet – This is our workhorse. We use an alluvial garnet in a medium sized granule in a “working mix” that incorporates both new and used abrasive. After blasting, you are left with a fine, rough finish that is perfect for the application of paints or powder coating. Typically, you will use garnet on harder metals of all kinds, aluminum in certain cases, glass, ceramics, plastic and for “weathering” wood.
Crushed Glass – Gentler than Garnet, but still very effective on metals, glass, ceramic, fibreglass and some plastics. Also can be used to remove coatings from harder species of wood. We offer 3 mesh sizes: 50/100 (standard), 100/200 (fine) and 20/50 (coarse)
Glass Bead – Where crystalline or jagged medias leave a rough finish, glass bead acts as a peener. On softer metals such as aluminum or on harder metals where you want a finer finish, you are left with a “bright” satiny surface that is great to be either painted, clear coated, anodized or ceramic coated. We offer mesh sizes ranging from #4 (coarse) to #13 (ultra-fine).
Walnut Shells – Literally smashed up walnut shells, but specially milled as an abrasive media. Great for removing built up coatings from metal, fibreglass, glass and some plastics. Works on some woods. Also good for removing carbon build up from combustion chambers, valves and pistons.
Blasting Soda – Our gentlest media. Used primarily for cleaning parts where no residual media can be left, such as engine internals. It rinses completely away with either water or solvent. Also works exceptionally well on wood.
Aluminum Oxide – Our hardest media. Aggressively removes coatings from hard metals and leaves a significant profile to the substrate. Usually used when a customer is looking for a specialized finish. Also great for etching glass. We offer a range of grit sizes, from ultra coarse to ultra fine.
This a a new-comer to our shop. Global supplies of alluvial Garnet are becoming more difficult to acquire, so we are using Starblast™ as an alternative. It performs very closely to Garnet and so far we have had good reviews from our customers. It comes in an 80 mesh size. It’s normally incorporated into our working mix, but we can show you a sample if you are interested in seeing it.
Don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly staff members which type of media would be best for your