What is Sandblasting & When Do You Need it?

Sandblasting, also known as Abrasive Blasting, is a process in which a high-pressure stream of abrasive material is used to clean, smooth, or shape a surface. The abrasive material, which can include sand, glass beads, or other types of grit, is propelled by compressed air or water at high speeds to remove unwanted material from the surface being treated.

Sandblasting is commonly used in industries such as manufacturing, construction, and automotive repair to prepare surfaces for painting, coating, or bonding. It can also be used to remove rust, corrosion, or other types of surface damage. Here are some specific situations where sandblasting may be necessary:

  1. Surface Preparation: If you need to apply a coating or other material to a surface, it’s important to ensure that the surface is clean and free from any dirt, oil, rust, or other contaminants that may affect the adhesion of the coating. Sandblasting can be an effective way to remove these contaminants and prepare the surface for coating.
  2. Surface Restoration: If an item has been exposed to harsh weather conditions or other types of damage, it may have a rough, pitted, or corroded surface. Sandblasting can help to remove the damaged surface layer and restore the item to a smoother, more even surface.
  3. Surface Customization: Sandblasting can also be used to create a customized texture or pattern on a surface. This is often used in decorative applications, such as etching designs or logos onto glass or metal surfaces.


Ultimately, whether or not an item needs to be sandblasted depends on the specific application and the condition of the surface. At Nix, our professionals can help you determine whether sandblasting is necessary and recommend the best approach for your specific needs.

Pictured: Nix Field Coatings Team Member sandblasting a fuel tank

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