Starting with your first sandblasting project can initially be overwhelming. We have tried to simplify the setup for you in the image below to give you an idea of what an efficient sandblasting setup should look like.
1. Air Compressor
Abrasive blasting equipment demands more from a compressor than any other air-driven tool. Compressor size is determined by nozzle size.
2. Air Hose
Ensure that the inner diameter of the air hose is at least 4 times the size of the nozzle’s orifice.
3. After Cooler
Water and oil are by-products of compressed air. After coolers cool compressed air down to a temperature that will cause moisture to condensate.
4. Blast Pot
A blast pot is a coded pressure vessel which cannot be certified without a stamp and certificate. Different blast pot sizes affect downtime.
5. Blast Hose
As with air hose, the internal diameter of blast hose should be 3 to 4 times the size of the blast nozzle.
6. Blast Nozzle
Abrasives are accelerated at the blast nozzle. Different nozzle shapes have a different effect on acceleration.
7. PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)
Personal protection equipment is essential to protect the blaster from dust hazards as well as deflected particulate matter.
Different types of abrasives will vary in size, hardness and density which in turn will affect the profile and cleanliness of the blasted steel.
For more information on starting with your sandblasting setup read our blog ‘ Compressors- What size will you need for sandblasting?’