Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Dustless Blaster?

The Dustless Blaster works by mixing water and abrasive inside the blast tank. By introducing water we’re drastically increasing mass and energy the machine is putting out, while eliminating dust. Imagine throwing a handful of dry sand, versus throwing a handful of wet sand; which one is going to have a more significant impact on the target? Not only will the wet sand hit the target harder, but it won’t disintegrate and become a cloud of dust like the dry sand will. This is the very simple principle behind Dustless Blasting. The Dustless Blasting system has the following advantages over the old, outdated dry blasting method:

  • Faster    The Dustless Blaster can strip a car in under 2 hours.
  • Minimal Dust    The abrasive gets trapped in water and grounded, eliminating the plume of dust.
  • Lower Abrasive Consumption    The Dustless Blaster uses less media to do more work.
  • Abrasive Flexibility    The Dustless Blaster can use almost any abrasive that sinks in water.
  • No Warping    The water prevents friction and won’t warp thin metal like sandblasting will.
  • Safe for Workers    Recycled bottle glass contains no free silica, the leading cause of silicosis.
  • Less Containment Needed    In most cases, expensive, time consuming containment doesn't need to be set up.
  • Doesn’t Affect Nearby Workers    Never sacrifice productivity, other workers can work nearby unaffected.
  • Leaves a Paint Ready Surface  The rust inhibitor decontaminates the metal leaving a clean, chloride free paint ready surface.

What Kind Of Abrasive Does It Use?

The Dustless Blaster can use just about any abrasive that sinks in water and doesn’t dissolve. Our favorite is recycled bottle glass because it’s clean, cheap, good for a wide range of jobs and eco-friendly. If you choose to use another blast media you need to make sure it has minimal trash and a consistent particle size. Lots of trash or dirt will turn into mud inside the machine.

Since Water Is Used, Won't It Rust Metal?

We use a rust inhibitor called HoldTight 102 to prevent flash rusting for up to 72 hours. This extremely effective rust inhibitor is added to the blast water to prevent flash rust during blasting, and then used to rinse after blasting is complete.

How Much Abrasive Does It Take To Strip A Car?

It varies depending on nozzle size and abrasive flow. To strip a car in 2 hours it should take about 4-5 bags of glass. To strip a car in 1 hour (like in the Impala video) it may take 8-9 bags. The higher the productivity the higher the media flow.