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Blow Out! The Silicone Carbide Crunch

Micro Sandblasting Blowout!

Wine Bottle SandblastingPicture this…..(some of you have lived it – no imagination needed!)

You right are in the middle of an important  Glass Sandblasting Project when the bomb goes off.

What in the world just happened?

What’s that CRUNCHING in my teeth? (Taste’s Like Chicken – NOT!)

If you have sandblasted very many projects at all, you are probably laughing right now because you know exactly what I am talking about.

There’s sand shooting all around. It appears that someone just coated the room with silicone carbide and it keeps coming.

Hurry, unplug the compressor hose!

Even after you have stopped the sand from coming, you are left with the “after taste” and mess.

If you don’t know this situation, and you are a sandblaster, believe me – it’s just a matter of time before you know EXACTLY what I am describing here – unless you are proactive – or learn from others mistakes.

Side note : Sometimes we get asked why we only carry silicone carbide and not Aluminum Oxide – the real reason is that Silicon Carbide is much harder and cuts much quicker (and harder surfaces) than Aluminum Oxide, however, it’s fun to answer with, “it just tastes better.”

Now don’t get me wrong, this mess (and taste) is avoidable – it is called Maintenance.

There are parts to every sandblaster that need to be replaced – wearable parts. It is the nature of sandblasting, as sand travels through hoses and fittings – they will wear out. Period.

You can avoid the mess and the aftertaste by getting a ParaBlaster Repair Kit – keep one on the shelf and replace the parts – BEFORE they wear out!

Here’s my recommendation:

  1. Purchase a ParaBlaster Replacement Kit
  2. Remove the parts that are currently on your blaster (the wearable parts in the kit)
  3. Install the new parts
  4. Keep your used parts for backup.
  5. Keep an extra ParaBlaster Replacement Kit on hand.

This is a very low cost investment and it will save you a ton of time, mess – do I need to mention the TASTE again?

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One Response to Blow Out! The Silicone Carbide Crunch

  1. Juanita Young March 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    excellent demo…..as soon as I get this engraver paying for itself…I will be at your doorstep for this equipment….these are excellent info videos Russ is putting together….thank you so much….Juanita