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English or Black Walnut Shell Sandblasting Abrasive Grades

Walnut Shell Blasting Abrasives
SKU Walnut 8/12
Weight + Tare 52.00 lbs
Our price: $45.00
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Walnut shell is a soft abrasive, often used for deflashing, deburring, and finishing operations, as well as filler and extender applications.  We generally recommend walnut shell when someone wants to remove a surface coating/contamination without damaging or profiling the substrate.

**  Walnut Shell will likely leave no profile on steel. It is far less abrasive than other sandblasting medias, such as crushed glass or copper slag.  It can leave a profile on soft substrates such as aluminum, copper, brass in coarse sizes such as the 12/20 and 8/12.
Qualities of Walnut Shell:
  • Soft, will not cause pitting (excellent for jet engine parts, turbines, pistons, etc.)
  • Excellent for de-flashing and de-burring
  • Excellent for wheel blasting, air blasting, and tumbling
  • No risk of Silicosis
  • Mohs Hardness: 3
  • Long Lasting
  • Oil and Water Resistant
  • Biodegradeable
  • Re-Useable
  • Allows for preservation of base/primer, while removing top layers of paint (excellent for air craft carriers, submarines, boats.)  For steel boat hulls, you can use coarser sizes like a 12/20, but for very delicate fiberglass hulls you may want to use something as ffine as the 30/100 or even 40/100.
  • Angular and multi-faceted
  • Specific Gravity: 1.2-1.4
  • Walnut shell flour and filler sizes also available.

Shipping:  Usually sold by the pallet or 2000 lbs.  (40, 50lb bags.) with multiple shipping points.  You can, however, buy single bags of a very limited number of grit sizes, at the top of this page.   Please email us for a custom freight quotation on orders over 250 lbs. We will need to know your ship-to address, and whether or not you have a loading dock on your end to receive the media.


  • 50lb bags, 40 bags per pallet. 2,000 lbs per pallet.
  • Minimum Order: One full pallet.  You can,however, buy single bags of a very limited number of grit sizes, at the top of this page.
  • 2000 lbs super sacks, one sack per pallet.


  • Media consumption will vary dramatically depending the user's job, but 2# per cubic foot is a decent ballpark number to go by.  This is not a guarantee or an absolute, as the actual number will tie in with blasting pressure, substrate and toughness of the coating.
  • It is always recommended to start with a low pressure and work it up as needed.  We recommend blasting between 20-50 PSI, but the actual pressure will be related to the substrate.
  • Consumption:  When blasting metal - 5-10lbs per sq. ft. is a good place to start.
  • Anti-Slip Applications Consumption Rates:  Varies dramatically, but a good ballpark is to figure 5-10 lbs per square foot of area.  When mixing it directly into a paint or coating, use 2lbs per 5 gallons of paint as a start. 
  • Any grit size is suitable for blasting metal.  If there are grooves and fine areas, you will need a finer media to get into them.  If it's a flat surface, the larger the better (metal substrates only).
  • If you want to do more than remove a coating, and want to effect the substrate, then going to a coarser size than normal would be the best place to start.
  • Costmetic walnut shell is not sterilized, you will have to do this yourself.
  • Blasting Brick:  Pay attention to the condition of the mortar!  Walnut usually does an effective job of removing paint from brick without damage, but if the mortar is in poor condition, it may be too aggressive and will pit/damage the mortar.  Use a finer size in this case, and adjust your pressure.
  • Blasting Boat Hulls:   If it's a steel hull,  a 12/20 should work fine.  If it's wood or fiberglass, you will want to use a smaller size, even as low as 40/100 if it's delicate.
English Walnut Shell vs Black Walnut Shell, for blasting applications.  What is the difference?  Not much!  Black walnut is used mainly in oil wells to take up space as a filler.  The shell is thicker, so in larger grade sizes, it will appear rounder than english walnut.  They have the same hardness, so there is not much difference in blasting. Some government jobs and oil field drilling applications will require black walnut.  Ditto on some oil filter applications.  However, for those of us using it for sandblasting, either will work just fine for you.

Grades Available For Purchase - depending on the shipping origin:

  • 60/10
  • 8/12
  • 12/20
  • 20/30
  • 18/40 (used to polish brass gun shell casings, or corn cob 14/20)  This size also used for log home/wood blasting
  • 35/60
  • 30/100 - mainly a flour
  • 40/100 Flour
  • 60/200 Flour
  • -100 Filler
  • -200 Filler
  • -325 Filler


  • Ph:  4 to 5 at 25 degrees Celcius
  • Typical Packaging:  50lb bag or by net ton (2,000lbs per pallet)
  • Shipping Point:  East Coast, West Coast, and Chicago
  • NMF Classification:  Class 55, Item 175480
  • Color:  Light Brown
  • Hazardous?  No
  • Disposal:  According to Federal, State, Local regulations
  • Sterilization:  No, media is not sterile
  • Grain Shape:  Appears granular or powdery depending on grade
  • Specific Gravity:  1.2 - 1.35 (Walnut Shell)
  • Minimum Order Quantity:  2000 lbs, 40 bags minimum order
  • Type:  English (Black walnut is available upon request)
  • Bulk Density:  Approximately 40 lbs per cubic ft., varies by grade

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