Sandblasting is an industrial technique that propells very fine bits of material at high-velocity to clean or etch a wide range of surfaces. Although is extensively used in industrial areas you can also use sandblasting at home.
Here are my dirty tricks to use sandblasting at home without problems:
1.- First, you must prepare the zone in which you will make the work. If you don’t have a sandblasting cabinet you can easily build a homemade sandblast booth. If you want to make the sandblasting work outdoor first you must consider that the area can not be affected by the wind.
2.- Which sandblasting equipment is more appropiate to sandblast at home?
You can use sandblasting kits that will remove unwanted rust, paint and scale in no time. My main recommendation is that you don’t have bother with the small feed sandblasters like siphon blasters. I have one and it goes for about 10 seconds between fills. If you’re serious about doing big areas, you might consider one of the inexpensive 40lb blasters .
The siphon feed design sprays most abrasives including glass beads, aluminum oxide, steel grit, silicon carbide, walnut shells and more. easily removes rust, scale, and paint from parts and small equipment leaving a satin finish that will allow for further painting preparations or applying the final coat.
On the other hand, 40 Lb. pressurized abrasive blasters are better tools for sandblasting at home purposes. Pressurized design gives 30% more blasting power than siphon blasters.
3.- Always use protective accessories like sandblaster gloves and protective glasses.
Be creative and etch designs or lettering on any number of surfaces including glass tile, wood working and furniture.