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BEAR12686
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From: NEW YORK
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posted 12-30-2005 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BEAR12686   Click Here to Email BEAR12686     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
CAN YOU USE REGULAR SAND IN A BLASTING CABINET OR IS IT SPECIAL SAND

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Scott H
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posted 12-30-2005 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott H   Click Here to Email Scott H     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Regular sand is too fine, it won't cut very well and will pulverize easily creating a lot of dust.
Use something more coarse and you will be very glad you did.

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TOPDowNMUSTANG
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posted 12-30-2005 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TOPDowNMUSTANG   Click Here to Email TOPDowNMUSTANG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I forget exactly which grade I used. I went to the material supplier recommended by the place I rented the sand blaster and they told me what to use.

Are you doing your whole car? Boy are you in for some fun!!! I bought 500 lbs of sand (Could've used more). Do you know where it winds up when you're done? ........EVERYWHERE!!!!

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BEAR12686
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posted 12-30-2005 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BEAR12686   Click Here to Email BEAR12686     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NO JUST SMALL PARTS IN A CABINET 36X24 , I WAS JUST WONDERING IF IO CAN GO TO BUILDING SUPPY STORE AND GET IT I DIDNT WANT TO WAIT TO GET FROM EASTWOOD IF ANYONE CAN LET ME KNOW IF THERES A GRADE OF SAND I COULD PICKUP LOCALLY THANKS SAL

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Whitson
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posted 12-30-2005 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Whitson   Click Here to Email Whitson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most cabinets use glass bead rather than sand. Sand can be "too much" in a lot of cases. Glass bead is gentler but still gets the job done.

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majik455
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posted 12-30-2005 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for majik455   Click Here to Email majik455     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I dont know if you can use it on your cabinet or not but lots of ppl use pecan shells cheap and bio friendly

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71RESTO
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posted 12-30-2005 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 71RESTO   Click Here to Email 71RESTO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glass beads are best for the small parts in a small cabinet. I always pick mine up at a local industrial supply place (La Grande Supply). Check your local yellow pages for places like that. It's around $30 for 50 pound bags.

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ciscokid
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posted 12-30-2005 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ciscokid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See if there is a Northern Tool and Equipment nearby. They have whatever media you need. Cheap too.

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rmousir
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posted 12-30-2005 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rmousir   Click Here to Email rmousir     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I made my own cabinet. I use the play sand from home depot with great results. Now I just do parts and stuff like that. Works well. If I was doing somthing really important or expensive I might go with somthing else but my sand has worked just fine.

I am sure that there are better material but for what I am doing it works great. I say you go for it and try it on a small item and see if you like the results.

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mustangs68
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posted 12-30-2005 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We use walnut shell in the one at work,used to use "sand" or glass but when we "blasted" the plates (1/8 inch thick 6X6 square) we use to hold the parts for coating they would "warped" changing to walnut solved the problem.
Sam

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MLariviere
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posted 12-30-2005 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you go to a tool rental center that rents sandblasters,they will usually have the media there.

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Big D
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posted 12-30-2005 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you use Silicone Sand,, even in a cabinet,, if it's creating dust outside the cabinet you should use a Respierator.. It's bad stuff on the lungs..

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sigtauenus
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posted 12-30-2005 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FYI...

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs238/en/

I highly recommend paying the extra money for quality blasting media, it could literally be your life you are wagering otherwise. Also make sure to have a vacuum/dust collector and use a good hood/respirator depending on the type of blasting you are doing.

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sigtauenus
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posted 01-02-2006 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For rusty metal or heavy paint, I use Starblast and recommend it. It has very low levels of silica in it, low dust, and can be reused multiple times. For aluminum I use glass bead.

Here's the product info on Starblast: http://www.titanium.dupont.com/TTPORTAL/EN/Products/Lite rature/MI_B_H_60159_2.pdf?GXHC_gx_session_id_=c347d39198d5d06f

Edit: starblast normally runs about 4-5 bucks for a 50 lb bag. Considering cheap sand is only about 2 bucks but may cost you your life, I say the 5 bucks is worth it.

You may have noticed I'm pretty big on this.

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