Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Dustless Blasting

1. What is dustless blasting?

Dustless Blasting is a revolutionary paint stripping and cleaning system that can remove virtually any coating from almost any surface, without creating a huge plume of dust.

2. How does it work?

The Dustless Blaster works by mixing water and abrasive inside the blast tank. By introducing water, we’re drastically increasing mass and energy the machine is putting out, while suppressing dust.

3. Is it REALLY dustless?

Dustless Blasting suppresses the plume of dust, allowing you to work almost anywhere with minimal containment.

Unfortunately, the process isn't magic. Media that goes into the machine must come out, and it doesn't disappear into thin air. But compared to sandblasting, the process is essentially dustless because there are so few airborne particles.

4. What kind of abrasives can be used?

For wet blasting, we can use just about any abrasive as long as it is clean, consistent, and sinks in water.  Our mobile machine is also capable of dry blasting, for which we can use any media that a traditional dry blaster can use.

5. Why doesn't it flash rust?

By using a specially formulated rust inhibitor, we can prevent flash rust for up to 72 hours. We add the inhibitor to the blast water to prevent flash rust during blasting, and then use it as a rinse after blasting is complete.

6. Will it warp metal?

The Dustless Blaster will NOT cause warping, because friction and heat are reduced by the water. Warping occurs when the metal heats up due to friction from dry abrasive. In fact, the temperature of the metal being blasted usually comes down about 10º from ambient.

Think of it this way - if you rub your hands together, they get warm due to friction. But if you rub your hands together underneath running water, they stay cool. The water eliminates the friction. No friction = no heat = no warping!

7. What applications can it be used for?

Some of the more popular applications for dustless blasting includes, but are no limited to:

  • Automotive
  • Marine
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Graffiti Removal
  • Fleet Vehicles
  • Surface Cleaning
  • Refinery
  • Stripe Removal
  • Wood Restoration
  • Powder Coating

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