Grit Blasting – Some Common Questions Asked By Our Customers


Is Grit Blasting a process using sand?

Grit Blasting is usually associated with sand blasting but blasting with building sand is now illegal. Apart from ruining buildings it can lead to operatives suffering from silicosis, which is an incurable lung disease. Grit Blasting with sand that is silica free to 0.001% is a legal process.

Is it acceptable to Grit Blast a building?

If the sand used is silica free to 0.001%, then yes it can be used to Grit Blast dwellings or public buildings. However, it is harsh on the substrate and the volume of sand used makes this process a huge cleaning up operation. Soda Blasting is a far more suitable process. Grit Blasting is better suited to removing rust from metal.

I am looking to clean up the frame on my motor bike, the rear suspension is alloy, is Grit Blasting OK for this?

Grit Blasting a motor bike frame isn’t recommended, it will leave a pitted surface on the frame and rear suspension, which won’t be a suitable base for re-painting.

I am currently in the process of refurbishing an industrial compacting machine. I have been told silica free sand needs to be used, is this correct?

Providing you remove all bearings and seals and anything else not made of steel, then yes silica free sand can be used in the Grit Blasting process. However, be sure to cover or remove any hydraulic rams, as they will be damaged.

Is it possible to Grit Blast an old wardrobe? It is very old with many coats of varnish.

Never Grit Blast wood, it is far too harsh a process. Items such as this are better suited to Soda Blasting at a very low pressure.

If you would like to take advantage of our highly popular Grit Blasting service then contact Aesthetic Services on 0800 772 3139 or use the Contact Form