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How to SandBlast Wood

Sandblasting is a very useful industrial technique, but nowadays this blasting technique goes beyond its industrial origin and you can find it in many different applications. In fact, it is very common to use sandblasting equipments to finish woodenpieces as windows and doors in houses.

But, why using sandblasting with wood?

Well the explanation is very simple. Sandblasting is the process of shaping, cleaning and smoothing surfaces, especially the hard ones, by blasting solid particles across that surface at high speeds; the effect is similar to that of using sandpaper, but provides a more even and better finish. Besides it is very unusual to have problems at corners or crannies.

This process is applied to finish wooden pieces that had been previously painted and now that painting is completely useless or we had decide to change that painting. House redecoration applications use extensivelythe sandblasting technique for this kind of purpose.

We can also sandblast wood for the sole purpose of creating art pieces. With this goal is very crucial the chosen components. Let me explain it further. The equipment itself is just only one aspect of sandblasting. Another is the material used in the process. There are an almost endless number of materials that can be used- from actual sand (silicon silicate I believe) to glass beads, to tiny ball bearings, to walnut shells. An improper election of the usedmaterial creates a wrong look, or perhaps no look at all, so some pipe makers have experimented until they found what they considered the right material. And what may be right for one maker may not be right for another, as sandblasting is really an art. Its creating a pattern or picture on a piece of wood. Some can create masterpiece after masterpiece, while others just slide by.

Some examples of sandblasted wood:

The process of sandblasting, applied to wood, removes stains from tie binders and weather, but cannot be removed by light sandblasting.

  1. Light Sandblasting. This kind of work is enough to lightly clean the surface with slight exposure to the wood grain.

    Light Sandblasted Wood
    Light Sandblasted Wood
  2. Medium Sandblasting.Uniformly exposes the wood grain.

    Medium Sandblasted Wood
    Medium Sandblasted Wood
  3. Heavy Sandblasting.This final option generally exposes the wood grain in deep.
    Heavy Sandblasted Wood
    Heavy Sandblasted Wood


Sandblasting wood is a very efficient process. The key elements to safe sandblasting are beginning with low pressure, using soft media, and having a steady hand.

For more information about sandblasting uses and applications, please feel free to explore our articles and website sections.


  1. Hello, I have recently purchase a 75 year old adobe house in the New Mexico mountains. I want to sand blast the existing wood that has been previously painted. Is it possible for me to rent the machine and sanblast the wood myself and what material or machine would be best suited for this job? The next question I have is, what would be a fair cost to pay for this project?
    Thank you so much for your response.

  2. Hi I have an enquiery about sandblasting. I like to know are we able to sandblast wood such as supawood, chipboard and foilboards. Basicly we using sandpaper grits 80 and 140. Which macine is best for these type of wood?

    Thank you

  3. Can I sandblast a rough piece till it’s smooth? I’m sick of using 60 and 80 grits way too much work.
    Thanks so much

  4. Where can I find someone to pay to come to my home and sandblast a ceiling? I don’t know where to start. Thanks

  5. I am about to start a large ( 2400 sq. ft. ) recycled open beam studio / workshop and the doug fir beams I reclaimed are painted and scuffed up a bit. There are over 250 4×12 x24 pieces all together and I am wanting to resurface them before I start to assemble.Can anyone suggest the appropriate size of compressor and sand blasted I would be smart to be using?

  6. I own an older home and alot of the molding in the hose is very intricate. I hate to use chemical and using sand paper will not do the trick. My son-in-law mentioned sand blasting and I was wondering what i would need to sand blast the trim and the two beautiful doors that were painted. Again this is an older house and the wood is house is very old and I love the look of raw wood not painted. Thank you in advance.
    Drew Elgrim

  7. I wanted to konw what type of abrasive to us to sand blast a old wooded table with very fine corables and at what pressure should I set the air tank at for the gun. Thanks

  8. i need to sand blast a 6 ft picket fence ,i want to rent a machine my question is what type of material should be sand? and how much do i need for a 6ft fence about 50 ft long =300 sq ft ? any help would be great thanks

  9. Hi –

    Recently purchased 1995 Gibson ES-175 guitar. Not exactly vintage, but highly sought after.

    Didn’t notice it at the shop, but after being in the case for a week or more – it REEKS of cigarette smoke. The outside is strictly a chemical removal approach – but the inside poses problems. There is tar and nicotine residue on the inside as well, the problem is how to remove it.

    Have you ever heard of anyone gently sandblasting the inside of a guitar?

    Appreciate comments back ASAP as I am taking it to a luthier (8/22) to help me solve it.


  10. We have an old wooden oak wagon wheel we are trying to clean up to make a coffee table. It has paint, dirt, grease, etc. On it. What material would be best to use to blast it clean? How about walnut shells?

  11. I have a cabin and deck with cedar, pine and douglas fir.
    It has satin and varnish that need to be removed.
    What do you recommend?

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  15. Hi,

    I have an adobe house with redwood timbers for framing and redwood planks for ceilings and they look quite bad due to water stains and age. I’d like to clean it all up and am guessing sandblasting is the way to go. Can you make any suggestions on what equipment would be best and where to buy?



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