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Abrasive Grade Silicon Carbide – Uses Of

Silicon Carbide Grit

Silicon Carbide Grit & Powder

The main uses for abrasive grade Silicon Carbides (Carborundum) are:

  • anti-slip abrasives
  • sandblasting abrasives
  • bonded abrasives
  • coated abrasives
  • polishing/lapping compounds
  • tumbling media (including lapidary or rock tumbling uses)
  • wire-sawing abrasives
  • sintering
  • filling up ceramic parts

Today, there are many high tech uses for varying grades of Silicon Carbide such as electronics, brake pads, ceramics, LED’s, diodes, transistors, semiconductive research, heating elements, even jewelry.  Gone are the days when Silicon Carbide was known only as an abrasive.

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Number One Cause Of Premature Coatings Failure

The most common cause of premature coatings failure is improper ANCHOR PATTERN.

What is anchor pattern?  It is a term used to describe the roughness (etch, or profile) that is created on a surface when sandblasted.  The Anchor Pattern is measured in 1/1000th of an inch, which is called a MIL.  Paint coatings are also measured in MILS as well, making it a term that is easy to remember.

Coatings require specific mils of anchor pattern in order to properly adhere to the surface it is applied to.  Each coating will have different requirements.  Therefore, you cannot simply sandblast a surface clean and then apply paint to it without technical information on what mils profile that particular coating requires (among other factors).  If you simply guess at what profile you need, you risk premature coatings failure.

If you have no access at all to the coating manufacture’s technical data and need to make an educated guess, you will want to consider the following rule of thumb:

The mils of anchor pattern you create on the surface to be coated, should be 25 to 30% of the DRY film thickness of the total coatings system BUT NEVER greater than the dry film thickness of the primer coat unless additional coats are to be applied immediately.

Also key to understand is that the wet mils of a coating will be different than the dry mils of a coating.  Many coatings shrink tremendously, depending on the percentage of solids contained within them.  Make sure that the anchor pattern you create when sandblasting is much shallower than the total coatings when dry.

Other factors that impact the development of anchor pattern include the type of steel you are blasting (including hardness and chemical composition), how the steel was formed, prior use of the steel, the type of abrasive you use to create the anchor pattern (including size, shape, hardness, and velocity), as well as what type of blast nozzle you choose to use and how you use it (such as angle and distance to the work surface).

The chart below is a crude approximation of abrasive size to anchor pattern, and should thus be used only as a starting point only for both centrifugal wheel and pressure blasting.

  • 1 Mil Profile = G80 Steel Grit, 100 Mesh Garnet, S110 Steel Shot, 3060 Coal Slag
  • 1.5 Mil Profile = G50 Steel Grit, 100 Mesh Garnet, S170 Steel Shot, 3060 Coal Slag
  • 2.0 Mil Profile = G40 Steel Grit, 3060 possibly also 80 Mesh Garnet, 36 Grit Aluminum Oxide, 3060 Coal Slag, 3060 Copper Slag
  • 2.5 Mil Profile = G40 Steel Grit, 3060 Mesh Garnet, 24 Grit Aluminum Oxide, 2040 Coal Slag, 2050 Copper Slag
  • 3 – 4 Mil Profiles = G25 Steel Grit, 36 possibly also 3060 Mesh Garnet, 16 Grit Aluminum Oxide, 2050 or 1230 Copper Slag, 1240 Coal Slag

 

 

 

 

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Cleaning Bronze with Glass Bead Blasting

Here is a great video and article on glass bead sandblasting.

This company is using a fine glass bead to remove bronze patina from outdoor monuments, which restores them to their original state.  I would have liked to see some before and after photos of the monuments, but the article does contain a video clip where you can see (from a distance) the cleaned and uncleaned areas.

Workers from Sterling-based Mercer Lettering and Monument Works have been  sandblasting and pressure-washing the granite stonework over the past few weeks.  The granite stones also have been treated with an organic acid designed to  preserve the grass below while removing fungi from cracks in the stone.

On Thursday, they aimed nozzles at the bronze plaques and sprayed them with  fine glass particles. That removes the patina, or green and brown film, that has  developed on the metalwork over time without damaging the metal below it, said  Graeme Everson,  the company’s owner and a National Guard veteran.

“It brings back the shine of the bronze as it was when they put it up,” he  said.

The article does not discuss the size of the glass bead used, nor the exact machine they used, but the video shows the actual operator blasting.  You can therefore see the blast pot and the operator’s protective head gear which is useful for those just starting out and not familiar with protective gear.

To see the full original article by By ALISON SHEA of The Bulletin: Jewett City monuments gleam like new – Norwich, CT – The Bulletin http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/x1474279320/Jewett-City-monuments-gleam-like-new#ixzz21poiW0in

© Copyright (c) ALISON SHEA The  Bulletin Originally Posted May 18, 2012

 

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Silicon Carbide Grits 12 and 30 ANSI

Silicon Carbide Sandblasting Media

Having trouble finding a triple graded, Boron Carbide Sapphire Polishing Powder?  Or a very coarse Brown Fused Aluminum Oxide for anti-skid applications?  We offer the full line of ANSI & FEPA sandblasting media and powders, not just the most popular sizes!

Now offering a full line of Made-In-The-USA Sandblasting Nozzles, in both Boron Carbide and Tunsten Carbide.

If your order is 200 lbs or less, we encourage you to simply order online.  For orders over 200 lbs, please use our Request A Quote form, so we can provide a custom freight quote as well as wholesale pricing.

Most of our abrasives can be ordered online in small quantities, or ordered offline via a wholesale account.

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