What garnet abrasive to use for guns

To keep the appearance of your gun looking like new, abrasive blasting is a common way that gun owners prepare the surface of their firearms for Cerakote or refinishing. Utilizing this method, abrasive blast media is used to remove a layer or prepare the surface for a new coating. When choosing a blast media for your gun, garnet blast abrasive is one of the most commonly used media, along with glass beads and aluminum oxide. 

Choosing the right abrasive

When choosing the right abrasive for your gun there are several things to consider such as:

-How much wear is on the gun? 

-What type of coating will be applied to it afterward? 

-Does your budget allow for a more expensive abrasive, or are you trying to find something cheaper. 

To help answer these questions and others, here’s what each garnet blast media has advantages over others.

Garnet: While this  blast media is generally more expensive, it has the best longevity and safety rating. 

Glass beads: Glass beads are a good option if you’re looking for an abrasive that’s cheaper than garnet but still want to maintain durability. It also does not create as much debris or dust which can get into your gun’s internals making them harder to clean before you reassemble them.

Superoxalloy: Superoxalloy blast abrasives from 10X is an engineered alloy of oxide minerals that creates non-crystalline particles that resist breakage and can be reused. These abrasives contain no free silica, heavy metals, crystalline structures, or beryllium making them safe for many applications including your next bed liner removal project.

In Conclusion

While there are many options when choosing the right blast media for your gunn, choosing EpiX superoxalloy abrasive blast media from 10X Engineered Materials can save you both time and money when refinishing your firearm or preparing for a new finish. 10X blast abrasives have been shown to be cost effective and “clean” in many blasting applications including Cerakote removal.

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