Media blasting tools
 Blast cabinets
 Where to buy them
If you only plan on blasting one car, once, it may be cheaper to have it done professionally, than to purchase all of the necessary equipment.
 How to build them
- Build your own abrasive blasting cabinet from smecca.com
-  from jalopy journal.com
- Homenade sandblasting cabinet from hotrodders.com
- Build your own grit blasting cabinet from ford trucks.com
- Blasting cabinet made from dishwasher housing from autodidactics.com
- Building your own sandblast cabinet discussion from hotrodders.com
- Blast cabinet from joeshome.com
- Popular Mechanics homemade sandblasting cabinet plans
- Interior coating can be made from something soft, rather than hard (rubber?). Norton Sandblasting Equipment sells rubber curtains for this purpose. Spray-in bedliner has also been suggested.
 Media blasting guns
 Where to get media
Locally, online, inexpensive?
- Hardware stores
- Welding shops
- Home improvement stores
- Farm-oriented department stores (Tractor Supply Co. and Fleet Farm)
 Dealing with dust
When the blast media wears out, it will create more dust. Also, can use a dust collector.
You need air flowing into the cabinet, as well as out.
Some creative solutions on dealing with dust are here: *Blasting cabinet clouds up.
 Blast cabinet visibility
Try an external light or two shining in the blast window, or inside the blast cabinet.
Window can be made of tempered glass, with a replaceable polycarbonate film taped to the inside.
 Shop vacs
You can burn out a shop vac using it to evacuate a blast cabinet -- the media is so small it gets into the motor, and is abrasive. Also, the paper filter gets clogged very quickly. One suggestion is to wrap the filter with a layer of foam (like some car filters). Shop vacs have low CFM compared to most suitable fans, so they aren't going to work very well -- you need a more powerful fan.
 Different types of media
Most media will require storage in a dry place.
- Automotive glass beads
- Black beauty
- Black diamond
- Crushed glass
- Crystal grit
- Quikrete fine sand
- Star blast
- Walnut shells
 Media details
- Typical physical characteristics of abrasives
- Comparative pulmonary toxicity of 6 abrasive blasting agents
- Media blasting dictionary of terms
- Abrasives line card (grit size, common uses, Mohs, cycles, packaging)
 Blast media guides
- Blast media guide from Guyson International
- Blasting media selection guide from Kramer Industries
- Abrasive blasting media guide from Metal Preparations
- Mohs' hardness blast media comparison chart, from Reade Advanced Materials
 Soda blasting
Soda blasting is the use of sodium bicarbonate ("baking soda") as a blast medium. For more information, see: Soda blasting.
 Compressed air
 Sandblasting sheet metal warnings
- Sandblasting sheet metal is controversial, and often ill-advised.
- Sand blasting of thin sheet metal causes peening that may cause the metal to ding, warp, or pit. Be aware of this, especially if you are going to be doing a long, flat, unsupported body panel. The best way to avoid this on long spans is to spread out the blast from the gun so that not one area receives the brunt of the abrasive blast for a long period of time. It also gives it time to cool.
- Sand creates chloride ions and corrosive salts that promote rust.
 Recycling media
- Don't recycle media that has been used to blast undercoating -- it contaminates the media.
- Most media recycles very nicely, with the larger particles breaking down into smaller, sharper ones. Eventually, it will be broken down so far that it cannot diffuse into smaller particles, and the media will have to be replaced.
 Preparing surface after blasting
Be certain to follow the primer/paint/filler manufacturer's instructions for preparing the surface after blasting, for proper adhesion.
There is no "safe" blasting medium. Use the proper safety procedures.
"Abrasive blasting with sands containing crystalline silica can cause serious or fatal respiratory disease." -- CDC: Preventing Silicosis and Deaths from Sandblasting.
 Protection for open-air blasting
 Bare minimum
- Long pants and sleeves
- Fully enclosed shoes (remember to put your socks over you pants!)
- A face mask with safety goggles worn underneath
- Leather loves (media doesn't feel the greatest on your hands when coming out at 100+ PSI)
- Respirator (NOT a cheap paper one, the cartridge-type is the one you want). Read the MSDS sheet for the blasting medium that you're using, and use the recommended respirator and/or personal protective equipment.
 Much better protection
- Full coveralls
- Full blasting mask
- Long leather gauntlet-type welder's gloves
- Leather work boots (must be over ankles)
 Resource dump
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- http://davepropst.com/Article/Art5/Article5.htm, http://davepropst.com/Article/Art5/Article5b.htm, and http://davepropst.com/Article/Art5/Article5c.htm
- Media blast technical library
- Best of blasting -- extensive site
- Evaluation of Substitute Materials for Silica Sand in Abrasive Blasting
- Norton Sandblasting archived articles
- Crankshaft Coalition wiki articles
- Hotrodders forum threads
- Sand blasting cabinet question
- Best sandblasting media
- Sandblast cabinet coating
- Starting a small blasting business
- What kind of sand do I need
- Hotrodders Knowledge Base