Equipment, Sandblasting, Supply

Understanding About the Popular Sandblast Mask

Using the Right Equipment Should Make it Easy to Sandblast Mask

With the right equipment there should be no problem in sandblasting and it should be easy to sandblast designs onto glass. Then there is need to order or have a sandblast mask and this can also be done by customizing sandblasting masks from electronic files.

All that needs to be done here is to apply the mask to the glass surface and this is indeed the most labor-intensive part of the whole process because of the need to measure, place and burnish on each mask as well as having to completely cover the remaining portion of the glass, with heavy paper.

This is done in order to prevent any exposed area, which may even be on the inside, from getting scratched by the sand that is sure to fly around and so a good seal is required. Therefore, the only portion of the glass that can be visible is that part which needs to be frosted. A sandblast mask can be achieved in an enclosed box that will be able to catch all the sand and recycle it.

A steady stream of sand which is aimed at the glass should be done until the glass begins to frost white and this may not take much time. Finally, after the blasting has been done, the protective paper and the resist mask should be removed and a cycle in a dishwasher should complete the sandblast mask process.

Many professional people who use a sandblast mask regularly find that they often need to customize the set up file and this means that the material needs to be cut to finish size. This is done because of the need to eliminate unsightly cut lines from the edges of the material.

Also, for the sandblast mask material to adhere to the substrate in the most optimum manner some amount of coating primer paint may need to be applied and then allowed to dry, thoroughly. Sand the surface so that it will accept mask material in a better way. There is also need for the sandblast mask to be cut on a cutter similar to a vinyl cutter that is normally used and, in addition, the sandblast mask has to be weeded to provide for blasted areas, which are discarded and the areas that remain will be those that appear to be raised.

After all this has been done, the sandblast mask material needs to be applied to the substrate after which the sandblasting should be done. After this, the sandblast mask is removed and some primer coating is applied. The basic sandblast mask will have been achieved.


  1. I think a vinyl resist will work on this. This will depend on the thickness of the vinyl. I tried Hartco vinyl and it was quite durable.

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