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Soda blasting is an environmentally friendly way of removing paint, dirt, coatings, and other surface contaminants that will not cause damage to the surfaces being cleaned. Soda blasting is a non-abrasive action. The action of sodium bicarbonate will not cause heat buildup, sparks, or abrasion to the surface being cleaned.
Soda Specs -How does soda blasting work and what are its advantages?
The sodium bicarbonate used in the blasting process is a larger particle than the baking soda used in the food industry, although it is the same purity. The particles (baking soda) are propelled by compressed air through specialized blasting pots. The blasting pots use air pressure that can be varied from 20psi on soft surfaces to 120psi on harder surfaces. The now pressurized sodium bicarbonate particles remove coatings by the energy released when the particles explode as they contact the surface being cleaned.
Sand blasting, on the other hand, removes the coatings by wearing it away (abrasively). This is also the result when the sand hits the base surface being cleaned; the base surface is worn away and damaged. Sodium bicarbonate has a non-abrasive action that allows it to be used on surfaces that the currently popular abrasive media (sand blasting) would damage i.e.: aluminum, stainless steel, brick, stone, glass, fiberglass, wood, plastic, seals, bearings, spines, radiator cores, and hydraulic cylinders. Since there is no heat buildup warped metal is eliminated. The non-flammable properties allow sodium bicarbonate to be used in the petroleum industry where other methods posed a higher risk. Sodium bicarbonate breaks down hydrocarbons, which makes soda blasting an excellent method of cleaning engines, engine parts, and other areas where oil and grease are present.
Another major advantage of soda blasting is that it does not break down the surface tension of metals, thus the problem of flash rusting is eliminated. Sodium bicarbonate can act as a rust inhibitor, which will leave a protective coating on the surface being cleaned. This allows for time to pass before the surface has to be painted. This is unlike a sand blasted surface that must be painted immediately. When the time arrives to paint the surface, the protective coating (soda) can be removed by an application of a vinegar/water mixture.
Tell me about Graffiti removal?
The removal of graffiti is a difficult and costly operation using many of the conventional methods available. Soda blasting provides a very valuable alternative to these methods. Because it is a non-abrasive media, soda blasting can be used to remove graffiti on brick, sandstone, marble, and other sensitive surfaces without leaving any evidence behind. The addition of a wet blasting nozzle provides a nearly dust free method of cleaning. Care must be taken when setting the pressure, airflow, and media flow as damage may occur from improper application, thus testing in a non-visual area is still advised.
Abrasive Blast is post consumer-recycled glass. It is recycled and sized to meet specific blasting needs. It is made up of sharp angular particles, yet it is safe for handling and loading. It does not feel like glass, it feels like salt for the # 30 course and talcum powder for the # 100 extra fine. It comes in 3 sizes and can be shipped in either 50 lb bags, or 2000 lb super sacks. It is excellent for removing a wide variety of coatings. It is especially well suited for removing epoxy, alkyds, vinyl, polyurea, coal tar.
Steel • Aluminum • Stainless • Concrete
Fiberglass • Wood • Stone Surfaces
- Angular particles allow for aggressive profiling and removal of coatings Similar hardness to many slags, 6.0 on Mohs scale
- Less media required to achieve equal or better results, 30-50% less glass than slags or mineral abrasives.
- Very low particle embedment (less than 2%) which produces a whiter(SP-10) finish.
- Superior rust-back performance vs. slag/mineral abrasives.
- Can clean aluminum, brass, copper and stainless steel without warping, excessive profiling, or surface damage.
Safety & Environment
- No detectable CRYSTALLINE SILICA
- Chemically non toxic and inert
- Can be used near water
- No detectable heavy or toxic metals such as arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, etc. which are commonly found in coal-slag and many mineral abrasives like garnet and staurolite
- Glass is listed on the EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for Blasting Grit
- 100% recycled material compliance with federal and state affirmative procurement guidelines
- Available in 3 sizes: Coarse 15 – 30 grit, Medium 30 – 70 grit, Fine 60 -100 grit
Safe for Process Areas
Safe to use around rotating equipment, bearings, and sliding mechanisms
Will not produce sparks and is suitable for use in explosion proof areas; including refineries, chemical plants, and grain elevators.
Surface does not need to be neutralized after blasting.
Non-toxic, silica free.
Auto restoration • Marine restoration • Offshore drill rigs • Refineries • Pulp & Paper plants • Natural gas plants • Concrete restoration • Asphalt plants • Chemical plants
American Surface Prep is proud to introduce one of the newest media’s available on the market today. ST-Shell (Walnut) is today’s media for yesterday’s Corn Cob media. The price of corn cob has almost tripled, due to the simple rules of economics “Supply and Demand”. Our countries search for alternative fuel has led to a higher demand of corn cob. There by prompting a cost increase.
After a year of testing and research, we have concluded that the Walnut Shell is an excellent media that has many uses within the blasting industry, i.e. wood, metal, concrete and stone. Walnut Shell is biodegradable, non-toxic, environmentally safe, and of course cost effective media. Crushed Walnut Shell will not cause silicosis and has minimal dust.
Be sure to check with your local and state EPA websites for credits using our Eco Friendly media blasting product.
Lead Abatement and Asbestos Removal
Hazardous coatings are being replaced on all types of structures including power plants, buildings, bridges, etc. Abrasive blasting results in hazardous airborne and we are a state certified lead abatement company.
WE DO NOT USE SAND. SAND WILL CAUSE SILICA DUST, WHICH IS THE CAUSE OF SILICOSIS DISEASE, A CONDITION OF MASSIVE FIBROSIS OF THE LUNGS. THIS STATEMENT INDICATES POTENTIAL PERSONNEL HAZARD. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONNEL INJURY.
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S.A.R.A. TITLE III SECTIONS 313(40 CFR 372) – Not applicable CERCLA (40CFR 302.40 – Not applicable TSCA (40 CFR 710) – Listed OSHA (29 CFR 1910.1200) – Not hazardous Food and Drug Administration- Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) direct food additive (21 CFR 184.1736).