Wet Blasting (Liquid Honing)
The liquid honing or wet blasting process uses water to cushion the blast media and eliminates damage to the surface of the component, mold or tool. This abrasive blasting process is used for precision surface finishing and allows us to control and regulate the flow and type of material used in the blasting slurry. It also allows us to control the velocity, pressure, location (areas can be masked) and other engineered elements to provide the optimum finish for your part, mold, die or tool.
Wet Blasting Process
Wet blasting is used primarily, but not exclusively, as a surface preparation. This process deep cleans with no damage, impregnation, dust, warping or contamination to the surface. It also provides superior bonding, extended duty and even abrasion to the surface.
Dry Blasting Process
A dry blasting cabinet system uses compressed air and an abrasive media feeder to mix particles and discharges this media, with the use of a nozzle, at the part surface. Media is recycled from the system to a hopper for reuse. This process is used for more aggressive surface preparation.
How Wet Blasting & Dry Blasting Are Used
Wet blasting and dry blasting are used for surface cleaning and preparation including creating a finish before plating; cleaning & stripping a surface for coating; establishing a stipple finish; gloss adjustment on texture finishes that have been acid engraved; de-burring; rust removal; de-scaling.
We use the following Blast Media:
- Ceramic beads
- Glass beads
- Aluminum oxide
- Silicon carbide
- Metal shot and steel grit
Glass bead and ceramic bead media are used to clean, smooth, brighten, peen, and de-scale surfaces. Fine glass and ceramic media can smooth or de-burr parts. Aluminum oxide, crushed glass, and steel grit are used in more aggressive applications such as machined components and can remove heavy scale or rust. Wet blasting can also aid in lubricity and release
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