Abrasive grit blasting is a surface treatment process widely used in a variety of different industries with diverse purpose. Abrasive blasting is the process by which an abrasive media is accelerated through a blasting nozzle with compressed air. The abrasive used varies based on the surface treatment required. Chaparral can perform the following blasting methods:
- Garnet Grit
- Coal Slag
- Steel Grit
- Copper Slag
- Walnut Shell
- Aluminum Oxide
- Ceramic Grit
- Glass Bead
Media selection is a crucial decision in the engineering of abrasive blasting processes. The different media types have different hardness, shape, and density, and each is available in a wide range of particle sizes. Many times it is necessary for sample processing to take place to lock in the final media type and size.
A proper blend of blast media can greatly increase productivity, while reducing media usage. This cost savings is extended to our clients as an essential component to our pricing structure.
- James M Hebert — General Manager
Traditionally abrasive grit blasting has been considered a "low tech" process, generically just called sand blasting. Today, however, abrasive blasting is a vital process used not only to remove rust, but to prepare material substrates for high performance coatings and to ensure proper adheasion in accordance with high performance specification requirements used today.