What is Sandblasting?

Abrasive blasting, or commonly known as “Sandblasting”, is the operation of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure to smooth a rough surface, roughen a smooth surface, shape a surface, or remove surface contaminants.

Despite the common use of the term, it is illegal in the UK to use most common forms of sand for abrasive blasting, as the fine dust particles which are created when the sand is projected at high speed, can cause silicosis – a potentially fatal lung disease. (HSE’s CN7)

Wikipedia has a good detailed description of abrasive blasting.

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