Media Blasting – Some Common Questions Asked By Our Customers


What is Media Blasting?

Media Blasting is the process of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure. This can smooth a rough surface, roughen a smooth surface or remove surface contaminates.

What are the materials used in Media Blasting?

There are many different materials used in Media Blasting, some natural and non-toxic, some toxic and man made. Depending on the surface that needs treatment the most common materials that can be used are, recycled glass, aluminium oxide, silicon carbide, plastic abrasive, steel shot and even walnut shells.

Our company is in the food preparation business and oils and fats are covering the stainless steel machinery. Obviously we have to conform to strict health and safety regulations, can you recommend a solution to this problem? We have been informed that dry ice blasting could solve the problem, can you do this?

Blasting with dry ice would only spread the oils and fats over a wider area. In this instance we would recommend Soda Blasting. This absorbs the oils and fats through a process named saponification. Soda Blasting also deodorises as it cleans as well as making the operation far easier.

I am the transport manager for a road haulage company and a few of our wagon chassis are showing signs of rust. Would Media Blasting remove this rust? An acquaintance in the same business told me he uses sand but the only problem is the amount of waste this leaves on the floor.

Aesthetic Services always use aluminium oxide when Media Blasting on jobs like this. We use the latest blast equipment that uses approximately 25kg of material per hour. We can also use a water dust suppression, which makes the cleaning process far easier. It also has the added benefit of not disturbing the day to day operations of your company.

Can you restore 200 year old stained glass windows by Media Blasting? They are full of grime and carbon deposits through years of weathering.

Aesthetic Services always recommend cleaning stained glass windows by Soda Blasting not Media Blasting. Using our equipment at a low pressure, which is non aggressive, won’t damage the glass and will give remarkable results.

I own an old barn that has been converted into a dwelling. It is constructed in limestone and needs a clean up. A friend mentioned that acid is the best and cheapest thing to use, do you agree with this?

Hydrochloric acid is a favourite method of builders for cleaning stonework. Unfortunately it destroys the substrate and has had catastrophic results in many cases, causing further expense and time delays.┬áMedia Blasting with recycled glass or Soda Blasting are the ideal processes for this kind of work. They are non-toxic and won’t destroy the substrate, ensuring the process is the most beneficial financially.

I am employed by the local council and we have recently had an old bronze statue cleaned with acid. It cleaned the statue well but has affected the marble plinth below. Would Media Blasting be the solution to this problem.

Unfortunately the acid will have reacted with the bronze and leached into the plinth. Depending how much the acid has eaten into the marble will determine if it can be removed by blasting. Soda Blasting was designed for the cleaning of statues, among other uses, and would have been the ideal method of cleaning a bronze statue.

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