Choosing an aluminum oxide blasting grit for paint removal

A common problem is the need to remove paint from machinery. This is not just for aesthetic reasons but is also important for reasons of corrosion prevention. Paint can, however, be very difficult to remove at times. There are many different methods that can be used to remove paint. Aluminium oxide blasting is one of the most common methods used but there are different abrasive options with pros and cons to each.

Paint Removal

Removing paint from different parts and various surfaces can be quite challenging. It is always important to consider the different methods available to remove paint so that you can get the best results. Sandblasting is usually the most effective way to get rid of paint and to prepare your surface for new paint or a new finish. Sandblasting allows you to remove paint effectively without the need of  strong chemicals . 

The Best Abrasive Media for Removing Paint

The best abrasive media for removing paint is a question we hear a lot. The answer is not as simple as you might think. There are a lot of variables that go into choosing the right abrasive media for removing paint. The most important factor is the type of surface that the paint is on. Paint tends to be sticky and creates a lot of dust, so you need to be sure that your abrasive media will not damage the surface.

Aluminum oxide is one of the strongest forms of blast media and is therefore commonly used for a number of projects. Note that when working with aluminum oxide to remove paint, it is always best to use a finger grit—larger grit may result in uneven or scratched surfaces. 

For these reasons, when looking at a blast media for paint removal, most people use either aluminum oxide or glass beads due to their general strength and effectiveness. However, new superoxalloy abrasives (discussed below) offer several advantages over other blast media.

Currently, KinetiX and EpiX are available from abrasive distributors around the US. If you don’t see a distributor near you, contact 10X and we will work with you to get you what you need. EpiX abrasive, which is best for precision applications such as powder coating and medical applications, is also available to purchase directly from the 10X Engineered Materials website.