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.
- Light Sandblasting. This kind of work is enough to lightly clean the surface with slight exposure to the wood grain.
- Medium Sandblasting.Uniformly exposes the wood grain.
- Heavy Sandblasting.This final option generally exposes the wood grain in deep.
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.
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