For close to half a century, Vibra Finish has offered industrial metal-finishing services above and beyond customer expectations. The company’s many skills including burnishing, surface engineering, deburring, rust removal, and vibratory finishing. Another key example is metal blasting – a process for cleaning or finishing surfaces with a special tool that shoots out pressurized abrasive material at high speed. This method offers three major advantages: effectiveness, economy, and versatility.
Cleaning Dirt and Debris Thoroughly
Blasting is renowned for its effectiveness; it can clean dirt and debris thoroughly, while also grinding rust, paint, and corrosion from metal surfaces to result in the best possible finish.
Economy is another key benefit of metal sandblasting. The Vibra Finish team conducts blasting before finishing in order to replace sanding, wire brushing, and pickling. Since this method cleans the surface mechanically, often no other cleaning is typically necessary, which saves plenty of time. Blasting can be up to 75 per cent faster than hand cleaning, and the abrasives for blasting are relatively inexpensive and reusable. In addition, blasting offers high productivity per hour per dollar of equipment.
Finally, metal blasting is very versatile. It can accomplish many different kinds of finishes, and the final effect depends on the hardness of the abrasive, its particle size, the speed of the abrasive stream, the angle of the abrasive gun and its distance away, the method of application, the workflow, and other factors. The user can choose from a broad variety of abrasives such as aluminum oxide, plastic abrasives, silicon carbide, corn-cob grit, and glass beads to achieve different outcomes; for example, abrasive grits leave a dull satin finish, while glass beads texturize, descale, remove light burrs and die-cast flash to create a smooth, bright satin finish.
To learn more about sandblasting options and advantages, contact Vibra Finish.