Best Sandblasting Abrasive to Use for Guns

When starting a new cosmetic project on your gun, you may find yourself wanting to remove an old coating. One of the best ways of doing that is through abrasive blasting. This process uses a fine mesh gritty material and uses it to mechanically blast off old coatings so the gun surface is ready for a new surface treatment or coating.

When choosing a blast abrasive for use on a gun for coating removal or surface preparation, it’s important to consider the conditions of both the surface being blasted and the media being used. Keep reading to learn why superoxalloy abrasives are the best choice for blasting your guns and firearms.

Types of Abrasives for Blasting a Gun

When working on a gun, most people use either aluminum oxide or glass beads due to their general cleanliness of blast and overall effectiveness. Note that when working with aluminum oxide on a firearm, it would be best to use finer mesh grit — coarser particles may result in an uneven or overprofiled surface or irreversible damage to the surface. 

Glass beads are less abrasive than aluminum oxide, and will leave a smooth, bright finish with less profile depth on the underlying surface. They’re not as strong as aluminum oxide, so the process will take longer, and the media will break down faster than aluminum oxide. However, the underlying surface is less likely to be over profiled. 

Superoxalloy: The Best Blast Media for Guns

At 10X Engineered Materials, we’ve created a line of superoxalloy abrasives that are effective and will leave the surface of your gun clean, bright, white metal, ready to re-coat. These abrasives are made up of tempered particles, so they take longer to break down and can be reused many times.

They remove layers quickly and efficiently in just one step. These abrasives are tough and have a high impact resistance, but when used at lower pressures, they are gentle on the substrate and will leave the underlying surface of your firearm unharmed, and because of the ultra-low embedment, the coating you apply will have better adhesion strength, helping the coating to last longer than other abrasives. 

Contact 10X Engineered Materials for Superoxalloy Abrasives

We offer two types of superoxalloy abrasives at 10X Engineered Materials — EpiX and KinetiX. Our EpiX line of blast media is ideal for working with firearms, as well as many other blast applications. Our superoxalloy abrasives were designed for optimal performance so you can save time and money on your next project. 

Contact us today at 260-253-2278 or fill out our online form to learn more. You can find our products at distributors around the U.S., or order EpiX directly from our website.