Sandblasting uses compressed air to propel a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure to smooth a rough surface, roughen a smooth surface, or remove surface contaminants. The effect is similar to using sandpaper, but provides a more even finish with no problems at corners or crannies. It is often used to remove a previous finish on an item, to remove rust, or to prepare a surface to receive a new finish. It also is used to create a textured look on metal, glass, plastic, concrete and wood.
The sandblasting cabinet is taught in conjunction with our powder coating bay, so you an learn how to sandblast and powder coat metal in one training session. The sandblaster is located tucked away in our grinding room, by the metals bay, and is next to our benchtop grinders, vibratory bowl, and tabletop waterjet. It’s been used by members for various reasons: de-rusting a bicycle frame so it may be powder coated, cleaning off paint and enamel from vintage furniture, creating a ‘frosted’ look on metal and glass, etching onto glass that’s masked with vinyl (using MADE’s vinyl cutter, of course!), and much more!
To get started using equipment at MADE, sign up for training here! Need it made, but you want us to do it? Check out our Custom MADE fabrication and design services, our portfolio and estimate form can be found here.