Sandblasting is a technique that is often used to remove paint, rust and other hard-to-remove remnants from metal. Sand, or other types of media, are blasted at the metal to remove rust and paint. Once the debris is removed, the metal can be painted or coated, breathing new life into an old object. If you are looking to sandblast an item, you can either perform traditional sandblasting or dustless sandblasting. Learning the advantages and disadvantages to both options allows you to decide which is best for your project. Below, the pros and cons of dustless sandblasting are listed:
The Cons of Dustless Sandblasting
- Dustless Sandblasting Equipment is More Expensive
One of the reasons why dustless sandblasting is not used more often is because the equipment for dustless sandblasting tends to be more expensive than regular sandblasting equipment. Sandblasting equipment isn't cheap, so spending more just to get a dustless version may not be an option for those on a budget.
- Dustless Sandblasting Involves More Steps
The second disadvantage to dustless sandblasting is that it involves more steps. Water needs to be added to the dustless equipment to suppress dust. The metal then needs to be treated with a rust inhibitor once the blasting is done to ensure the moisture from the dustless blaster doesn't cause rust. All in all, this takes more time and slows down the project.
The Pros of Dustless Sandblasting
- Dustless Sandblasting Minimizes the Amount of Dust You Inhale
Traditional sandblasting is a dusty, dirty project. If you have allergies, asthma or other breathing issues, working with the amount of dust that is kicked up by this task can trigger symptoms. You should always wear a mask to minimize inhaling the dust, but you still will inhale a number of particles. If you love sandblasting, but can't work with that much dust, dustless sandblasting minimizes the amount of dust you inhale, making the work environment better for you.
- Dustless Sandblasting Keeps Your Workspace Cleaner
The other advantage to dustless sandblasting is that it helps to keep your workspace cleaner. If you use traditional sandblasting techniques, dust can fly everywhere, causing the tools and equipment in your workspace to get dirty. Dustless sandblasting minimizes dust, helping to keep the space, and all of your items stored in it, cleaner.
Both sandblasting and dustless sandblasting can be used on the same items. As such, it typically comes down to a matter of preference as to which you should use. Taking the time to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of dustless sandblasting can help you make the best decision for your project.