What garnet abrasive to use for autoparts

Before starting a new project on your auto parts, it may be necessary to remove rust or old paint. Traditionally, hard abrasive materials were used, such as garnet sand. 

Rust and paint removal for auto parts in recent years has moved away from hard abrasives and into plastic media and other soft materials. Recently, that too has changed and people have explored baking soda blasting as a method to remove paint and rust. Soda blasting is simple and low risk, but the downside is that soda is not very aggressive, which may leave surfaces not fully clean, especially for rust removal. 

There’s also the concern of peening the surface and leaving media particles embedded. Large size heavy abrasives accelerated at high velocity can peen metal surfaces, soft lightweight media such as soda or plastic are less likely to peen, but also do not clean the surface as well.

Solid steel parts of a car’s underbody are able to be blasted with most forms of media and are able to withstand a harsher abrasive than the actual body of the car, for example, which is thinner and should be handled with more care to avoid damaging the metal.

With all of these factors to consider, it can be challenging to consider what abrasive media to use, but fortunately there’s a better alternative.

The Best Method for Blasting Auto Parts

10X Engineered Materials has created a line of superoxalloy abrasives that will get the job done and leave the surface of your auto parts smooth and clean. Products include KinetiX (high-production grades) and EpiX (precision grades), both of which perform in finer grit sizes, as well as or better than expensive, clean, ultra-high-performance media.

These abrasives are made up of polymorphous particles, meaning they can perform multiple functions at one time, removing the layers quicker and more efficiently in just one step. Additionally, these abrasives are strong but gentle and will leave the underlying surface unharmed. 

Currently, KinetiX and EpiX are available from 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.