Category Archives: Crushed Glass Media

Sandblasting Profiles: What abrasive should I use?

Anchor patterns are extremely difficult to approximate due to the many variables at play.  Use this information with Caution!  This is only an approximation.

The type of metal use in this example was hot rolled steel with tightly adhering mil scale.  The type and hardness of your substrate, how thick the scale is, the degree of cleaning you are attempting to achieve, experience and skill of the person performing the sandblasting, etc will all factor into your end result.  In this example, the pressure blasting was done using a 90-100 psi nozzle pressure.  The depth of the anchor profiles listed below are approximations only, and are on average.

1 Mil Profile:

1.5 Mil Profile:

2 Mil Profile:

2.5 Mil Profile:

3 Mil Profile



What Is Friability?

What Is Friablity?  Short Answer:  How easily/quicky a media shatters on impact and breaks down.  Think of Friability as durability.  This is different from Hardness Rating.  Sandblasting medias may have the same Hardness rating, but completely different Friability Ratings.   One will break down fast, the other will remain intact and can be recycled multiple times.

Brown Fused Aluminum Oxides have a LOW friability, so it will break down slowly, and coarser sizes can be recycled multiple times.

White Fused Aluminum Oxides have a HIGH friabilty, but the SAME HARDNESS rating of Brown Fused Aluminum Oxides.  Even though it is just as hard as Brown Fused AO, it will shatter on impact and break down quickly, without doing as much damage/impact to the substrate.  This is one reason why it is often used for delicate glass etching, and why it makes a nice final polish for rock tumbling.  Its high hardness rating however, makes it appropriate for anti skid flooring applications, traction, etc.

Sinterblast, or Sintered Aluminum Oxide has a MEDIUM friability.  Think of it as the middle ground between Brown Fused and White Fused.  It can be recycled in coarse sizes, but will not have the long life (durability) of a Brown Fused Aluminum Oxide.  It is often preferred by Powdercoating companies due to its lower cost.  If you are just taking off mil scale prior to coating, this is a great media to try out.  It is a lower purity aluminum oxide, and cheaper in cost to manufacture due to the sintering process being less expensive than the fusing process.  THE MEDIUM FRIABILITY OF THIS TYPE OF ALUMINUM OXIDE IS WHY YOU BLAST AT A 60 PSI, AND NOT THE USUAL 80-90 PSI OF BROWN FUSED ALUMINUM OXIDE.  ANYTHING HIGHER AND YOU WILL NOT ACHIEVE GOOD RESULTS BECAUSE THE MEDIA WILL SHATTER UPON ITSELF IN THE AIR STREAM BEFORE GETTING TO YOUR SUBSTRATE.

When choosing an abrasive to use, make sure you take into consideration its friability, not just hardness rating.  Our product descriptions of our sandblasting abrasives include both hardness ratings and friability ratings.


Using Crushed Glass To Clean Precast Concrete

Crushed Glass Used To Clean Precast Concrete

Armani Restoration Job SiteCrushed Bottle Glass Abrasive is used to clean and restore the exterior of this 27 story concrete building.  Using  a proprietary wet and dry blasting system, the contractor dramatically changed the surface color of the building, as you can see in the photo.  The concrete surface of this building was not smooth – it did have a texture to it, so a medium grade was chosen.

Crushed glass sandblasting abrasive is the perfect choice for either light cleaning of precast concrete, or by using coarser grades, exposing the aggregate in the concrete.  A medium grade was used for this job, as the customer did not want to damage the surface of the concrete.

Crushed bottle glass abrasive is a 100% recycled product, and is shipped from a variety of locations.  It contains no free silica, no heavy metals, is inert, and it blasts fast and clean.  Many times people will just leave it on the ground rather than clean it up (unless you are blasting off something toxic like lead paint or have local laws requiring cleanup).  Because this type of abrasive is shipped from all multiple points of origin, we will always try to find the closest location to your end job site when quoting.