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Soda Blasting Vs Sand Blasting

The myths exposed!!!

Please note: We provide both sand and soda blasting services. Below is a non biased explanation of pros and cons of both Sand and Soda blasting.

Business that provide only one of these blasting services will encourage you to favor one over the other.....

Soda blasting Pros:

  • Soda blasting is Non abrasive
  • Soda blasting does not warp or damage steel surface due to not producing any heat on impact. Providing there isnt multiple layers of paint on the substrate
  • Soda blasting strips painted surfaces quickly depending on layers of paint on item.
  • Soda blasting media is non abrasive which makes it a very universal blasting media which can be used on lighter substrates such as aluminium, plastic, stone/ brick work, fiberglass & wood
  • Soda Blasting does not damage glass, rubber, chrome which makes it much more cost effective when blasting items that are still complete
  • Soda blasting is environmentally friendly
  • Soda blasting can be applied wet or dry 

Soda Blasting Con's:

  • Soda blasting is non abrasive it does not remove rust
  • Soda blasting is generally more expensive than other forms of blasting as the soda blasting media is imported from U.S.A.
  • Soda blasting does not strip powder coating
  • Soda blasting will not remove body filler from vehicles
  • Soda blasting will not remove stone guard or under body sealer
  • Soda blasting can be slow to strip paint if there is multiple layers of paint on the substrate 
  • Soda blasting can damage or warp panels of a vehicle if there are multiple layers of paint on the panel as most operators will increase the blasting pressure to compensate for the lack of abrasiveness of the soda

Sandblasting Pro's:

  • Sand blasting Strips paint very fast as it is very abrasive compared to soda
  • Sand blasting media is available in a number of grades from light to course grit 
  • Sandblasting removes rust and body sound deadener very fast
  • Sand blasting can remove powder coat 
  • Sand blasting is great for industrial items that can handle high pressure and course media.
  • Sand blasting is great for etching or profiling steel of galvanizing to create a profiled texture for greater adhesion of paint or powder coat
  • Sand blasting can be done wet or dry
  • Sand blasting can almost be used on every substrate providing the operator is skilled and experienced

Sandblasting Con's:

  • Sandblasting is not suitable for directly blasting automotive vehicle roofs, bonnets, boot lids and other panels as on impact it creates heat and  may result in warping or distortion if the operator is unskilled
  • Sandblasting is abrasive and the item being blasted will need to be treated within 24 hours of being blasted to reduced surface rust from forming especially if there is moisture present.
  • Sandblasting pits the surface it is being applied too and if this pitting is too course, powder coating and other forms of coatings may show up imperfections in the final coat due to the course rough surface left from the blasting. This than creates more priming and sanding work 
  • Sand blasting is dusty and the job will require additional preparation before final paint work 

The verdict:

The simple answer is that they both have their pros and cons and the operator should make the final decision on which media blasting method to use on your item. We use a combination of both to achieve the best desirable result possible.