Abrasive Blasting - Glass Bead Blasting

Glass Bead Blasting

Glass bead blasting is the process of cleaning or stripping the surface deposits from hard materials like ceramic tiles, stainless steel, aluminium, copper, etc removing paint and rust.

Tiny glass beads are forced on to the material under high pressure, blasting with glass beads is a slower process than sandblasting but is much gentler on the material and effectively strips it with minimal damage to the material itself.  This leads to a soft satin look which is a more shiny and polished appearance than sandblasting.

Glassbead blasting is used extensively in restoring car bodies, automotive parts, machinery, cabinets, food equipment as it creates a uniform surface finish without removing a significant amount of metal and reduces the need for time-consuming polishing and other labour intensive finishing.

Glass Impact Beads are manufactured from recycled glass, making it one of the more environmentally-friendly forms of abrasive blasting materials.

Motor Casing Glass Blasting
Statue Before Glass blasting
Stature After Glass Blasting

Advantages of Glass Bead Blasting

Glass bead blasting has many advantages over other types of abrasive blasting. Aside from the attractive finish, it features other benefits, including:

  • Good for delicate, thin-walled parts
  • Leaves a soft satin finish
  • Achieves a uniform surface finish without changing the dimensions of a part
  • No free silica
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Recyclable
  • Chemically inert

Uses for Glass Bead Blasting

Glass beads can help you achieve a uniform surface finish without changing the dimensions of a part. 

  • Peening
  • Deburring
  • Removing rust, paint and scale
  • Cosmetic finishing
  • Removing calcium deposits
  • Polishing materials like cast iron, stainless steel and aluminium
  • Preparing metal surfaces for painting and powder-coating
  • Stainless steel food equipment 
  • Refinish aluminium automotive parts

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