While sandblasting refers to operations involving spraying media at surfaces to clean or abrade them, sand is often not involved in these processes. Though it was the first to serve this purpose, sand as a media has fallen out of favor for several reasons, including dust production, health hazards, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) restrictions. Learn why modern businesses are turning from high-dust abrasives like silica sand and using cleaner and safer low-dust alternatives.
Why Choose Low-Dust Abrasives for Your Operations?
Low-dust abrasives resist fracturing when colliding with surfaces, resulting in less dust. These substances often perform better in sandblasting applications than high-dust abrasives, which create more airborne debris during use. This quality is partly due to the improved visibility when using the product. Less dust during operation also indicates that the material is strong enough to stay intact and clean surfaces more effectively, which means you can expect a longer life span for your abrasive media investment.
The strength of these abrasives offers several advantages during low-dust sandblasting, including:
- Protecting the operator’s health: Using low-dust abrasives reduces the amount of material that could enter the operator’s lungs and helps prevent diseases like silicosis, which can affect workers exposed to silica dust.
- Saving money: Paying for low-dust abrasives may cost more than high-dust options initially, but you will likely pay less per square foot because you won’t have to use as much material due to the material’s increased particle efficiencies.
- Enjoying a faster, cleaner outcome: Less dust generation will make it easier for you to see what you’re blasting, enabling you to clean surfaces faster and more thoroughly.
Choosing low-dust abrasives is also beneficial because they frequently have fewer restrictions. OSHA has strict guidelines for materials containing silica due to their health risks, so working with an alternative low-dust and low-silica option for abrasive blasting is easier and safer for your workforce.
Benefits of Superoxalloy Abrasives From 10X Engineered Materials
If you are interested in finding a low-dust sandblasting option, consider working with superoxalloy abrasives from 10X Engineered Materials. In addition to producing little dust compared to other options, this media offers benefits such as:
- Greater efficiency: Superoxalloy abrasives can continue to be effective at nozzle pressures of 120 or more psi without breaking down. As a result, you can blast and clean surfaces more quickly and easily and save money by getting more life out of your media.
- Healthier operation: Our safe materials are noncarcinogenic and biosoluble, meaning they can dissolve in an operator’s lungs without affecting their health. This feature helps protect your workers from potential future diseases.
- Cleaner results: Some other low-dust abrasives like garnet and steel grit can embed in the substrate you’re sandblasting, accelerating rust bloom formation. Superoxalloy abrasives clean surfaces with little to no particle embedment and significantly delay the onset of rust bloom formation.
With our innovative superoxalloy abrasives, you can sandblast surfaces more effectively while preserving your operators’ well-being better than with other low-dust options.
Choose 10X Engineered Materials for Low-Dust Abrasives
Partner with 10X Engineered Materials to benefit from a high-quality, patented abrasive that produces less dust and offers more benefits than other popular options. Whether removing paint from surfaces or preparing materials for powder coating, our abrasives enable you to clean a wide range of products effectively. You can contact our team online for more information on our options or find a distributor near you to browse superoxalloy abrasives today.