Abrasive Blasting 101
We recently received an email from someone who wanted advice about sandblasting bicycle frames for profit. That might sound like an easy task, but deciding whether to process parts in-house or outsource sandblasting comes down to some very real factors. These five sandblasting considerations can help you to decide what’s the best choice for your business.
If you are just having fun and want to blast something – find a square part, it’s much faster to sandblast than anything round. Get the biggest cabinet possible to allow rotating the part inside the cabinet. If you’re limited on air compressor volume, use direct pressure abrasive delivery to increase your reach inside the cabinet. Finally you can’t have a big enough dust collector because you’ll need the capacity when it takes all day to process powder coated or epoxy painted frames.
We do offer two machines for both bicycle and motorcycle frames, allowing all the above: the PowerStrip or Hailstorm. These are designed for plastic bumpers with two front staggered operation ports and one end port using a direct pressure delivery with pneumatic conveyor pressure pot reloading. This is not an inexpensive machine but it does keep you outside the room using street cloths.
Media Blast & Abrasive has been manufacturing sandblasting cabinets since the 1970s. We make more than 50 models totaling 180 individual cabinets with some models available in as many as 13 different sizes. In addition to a comprehensive list of included features, we offer more than 80 optional features for increased productivity, durability, and operator safety. If you’re not sure whether the PowerStrip or Hailstorm is the right fit for your needs, give us a call or fill out our contact form.