Abrasive Blasting

Commonly known as sandblasting, there are various forms of abrasive blasting to suit differing needs.

Garnet Blasting

Suitable Applications
  • Delicate items
  • Car panels
  • Antiques
  • Metal Furniture
  • Heavy Corrosion Removal
  • Heavy Coating Removal
  • Plant and Equipment
  • Earth Moving Machinery

Garnet Blasting utilizes an Inert Natural Mineral in different grades, mesh sizes and is used for items which require either heavy coating/corrosion removal to gain the required specification finish (Class 1, 2, 2.5, 3). Our Purpose Built and Designed Chamber is unique with adjustable pressure for care on thinner metals (car panels, aluminium boats), has full air-wash and trommel recycling to ensure unwanted contaminants are removed before re-use. It can fit any object up to 8m long, 5m high and 5m wide. The 2nd Blast Chamber (Blastroom) will fit large machinery up to 12m long, 7m high and 12m wide. Both Rooms are EPA approved and maintained regularly and have best visibility for operator comfort as this is coupled up to our 55,000 CFM Reverse Pulse Dust Collector.

We pride ourselves in blasting car parts/panels with no warping, using skilled operators and procedures developed since 1998. Garnet is sourced from WA or overseas but thoroughly checked for Chloride Levels to meet client specifications, and is free of toxic components. This abrasive can be recycled many times and maintain its profile. This makes it cost effective and safer than silica sand or copper slag.

Industrial Grit Blasting

Suitable Applications
  • All machinery
  • Structural items
  • Mining Equipment
  • Metal Furniture
  • Heavy Corrosion Removal
  • Heavy Coating Removal
  • Plant and Equipment
  • Earth Moving Machinery

Industrial Grit Blasting is an abrasive blasting process in which Steel Grit ustilizing tough angular steel particles forced at high pressure (100 PSI) at a surface. This is the fastest technique of heavy coating/corrosion removal with exceptional consistent profile and finish.

Our 12m x 6m x 6m Blast Chamber (Blastroom) can be extended to suit 24m items. Contaminants are removed out of the used Grit by a fully functional air-wash and trommel recycling system of which is self-loading. In the Chamber, operator comfort is at its highest standard with over 95% vision, as this is coupled up to our 55,000 CFM Reverse Pulse Dust Collector. Our whole plant air is produced by the latest technology Ingersoll Rand 1200 CFM VSD Computer Controlled Compressor, which passes produced air at 100 PSI to a huge Horizontal Air Receiver (to ensure no pressure fluctuations), Refrigerated Dryer (to remove any moisture), In-line Filtration (to remove final microscopic oil or moisture) resulting in clean delivery air to all pneumatic requirements in the factory. We achieve with Fully Trained Operators Standards of Blast Profile and Finish to all customer and Australian Standard Requirements. The thru track railway system can handle up to 30 ton on the trolley system with 2 skilled workers.

Vaqua Blasting

Suitable Applications
  • Component cleaning
  • De-scaling
  • De-carbonising
  • De-flashing
  • De-rusting
  • Peening
  • Deburring
  • Polishing
  • Radioactive decontamination

Vaqua Blasting is environmentally friendly in its own controlled cabinet.

This process is one of the most versatile, safe to softer metals, efficient and economical metal cleaning applications on the market.  Vaqua blasting uses a solution of media, water and compressed air to develop a scrubbing action on the surface. This scrubbing action prevents the surface from obtaining a profile, leaving a clean “Peened” finish. Having said that this, process is also versatile in being able to achieve different finishes – mild to aggressive, satin to matte finish using different media.

There is no need to pre clean as oils, grease, burn on carbon, paint, scale etc… are removed all at once.

  • Aggressive enough to etch marble and stone quickly without dust.
  • Safe cleaning of weld heat affected areas, giving a uniform surface finish to stainless steel.
  • Controllable blasting pressure to remove the varnished surface from printed circuit boards, without damaging the conduction surfaces.
  • Brilliant bright surface finish on alloys.

Vapor/Wet/Dustless Blasting

Suitable Applications

At Bundaberg Sandblasting we now offer a cutting edge blasting process called “Vapor Blasting” or “Mist Blasting”.

This unique process is much more effective, efficient and environmentally friendly, leaving you with the best quality surface finish every time.

Our cutting edge Vapor Blasting machines allow us to adjust air pressure from 30 PSI through to 140 PSI. Minimal abrasive is then added to this stream of air, to which water is then injected at 1800PSI.

By the time this makes impact the abrasive has a “vaporising” effect leaving you with the highest quality surface finish.

Another major benefit of Vapor Blasting is that it uses less than 3 litres of water per minute, which is a huge water saving when compared to “Wet/Dustless Blasting”, which consumes between 20-40 litres per minute.

Also the amount of Abrasive consumption for “Wet/Dustless Blasting” is approximately 300-500 kilograms per hour, which is not only wasteful but leaves a huge mess to clean up at the end of a long hard day. “Vapor Blasting” on the other had gives you much more control over abrasive consumption, which can be as little as 50 kilograms per hour.

This means less abrasive product impacting on the surface, and little mess and clean up at the end of the day.

More Benefits of Vapor Blasting:
  • No dampness on surface
  • No dust
  • No tea staining or flash rusting
  • Less mess and clean up
  • No inhibitor required
  • No clinging of abrasive to surface
  • Full control over blast pressure
  • Increased productivity
  • Injected high-pressure water adds to coating removal productivity
  • Excellent operator vision for more precise blasting
  • Ability to remove coatings and corrosion from thin metals (aluminium) and composite fibres

PMB Dry Strip
(Plastic Media Blasting)

  • Automotive – Car bodies, bumpers, Aluminium casings, Powder Coated Bullbars, wheels
  • Aircraft Bodies – Wings, mainframe, mechanical components
  • Mining – Components of all kinds
  • Industrial-
  • Marine – Fibreglass Boats, Aluminium motor housings
  • Agricultural
  • Military
  • Commercial – Removing paint from shop fronts, cleaning heritage sandstone or brick buildings
  • Flooring

In late 2014 Bundaberg Sandblasting installed a PMB Dry Strip System. PMB Dry Strip is an alternative to Garnet and Steel Grit. 

This method uses vinyl and acrylic granules which are harder than paint but softer than the base material. Using high volume, low pressure application, the media will cut, shear and lift paint without affecting the substrate. It’s non-corrosive, inert and safe for all metals as it does not generate heat. 

We have a large dedicated arrangement with both cabinet and full size recycled drive in blastroom. PMB is excellent for stainless steel, fibreglass, plastics, aluminium and moving parts. PMB is recognised and used in the Military and Aeronautical Industries to remove paint or Powder Coat from any metallic or composite materials.

Vacuum Blasting

Suitable Applications
  • Factories
  • Ship Structures
  • Processing Areas
  • Food Processing Areas
  • Warehouses
  • Public Amenities
  • Public Surroundings

Vacuum Blasting or Closed Circuit Blasting is still Abrasive Blasting which captures the abrasive using equipment with a vacuum shroud to remove abrasives, dust, debris and other materials from escaping into the environment.

We have a unique compact vacuum blast machine that can be taken to any site allowing the corrosion of surface contaminants (lead paint, corrosion, etc…) to be removed without any debris getting into the machinery, atmosphere or surrounding sensitive equipment. All abrasive used is sucked back through the machine and recycled for reuse. This is useful in factories where downtime is critical to production, allowing production to continue without interruptions. It can be also changed over to Soda Blasting for delicate coating removal.