Abrasive Blasting

Vapour abrasive blasting (also known as wet abrasive blasting) removes coatings, contaminants, corrosion and residues from hard surfaces. It's similar to dry blasting, except that the blast media is moistened prior to impacting the surface, reducing dust significantly and also reducing the amount of water used when compared to traditional wet blasting.

How wet abrasive blasting works

How Does Wet Abrasive Blasting Work?

Water and abrasive are combined in a pot under water pressure and then precisely metered into the airflow. When wet abrasive impacts a surface, the additional water weighs the particles down and creates a “dustless” effect.

Since EcoQuip 2 uses less water than slurry or other water-based technologies, pools of water aren't left behind so there is less need to worry about toxic run-off.

Understanding "Dust-free" or "Dustless" Blasting

True Dustless Blasting is Impossible

Some might claim that their products are "dustless" or "dust-free," but the reality is there is no such thing.

Sure, using a wet abrasive blasting machine will cut down on the plume of dust you get from dry blasting, but you're also left with a puddle of water. Make sure you understand the facts around dustless blasting.

With Graco's EcoQuip 2 Vapour Abrasive blast equipment, you will see up to 92% dust suppression over dry blasting without the wet, slurry mess you get from traditional wet abrasive blasters.

Video: Comparing Blasting Technologies

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True Dustless Blasting is a Myth

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Silica Comparison Wet vs. Dry Blasting

Third-party Industrial Hygiene Survey in order to evaluate potential exposures to respirable airborne dust and respirable silica

How To

How to Prevent Flash Rust When Wet Blasting

As wet cleaning methods have increased, so has the prevalence of flash rust and the need to prevent it - here are a few tips.

How To

How to Choose the Right Blast Nozzle for Wet Abrasive Blasting

What you need to know to choose the right nozzle for your abrasive blasting application


How to Bid on a Blasting Project – and Profit

A guide to calculating a bid that is designed to meet your target profit margin

How To

Detecting & identifying defects in steel during surface preparation

Finding and reporting defects is not only necessary; it’s an excellent way to distinguish yourself from the competition.

Success Stories

Curb Masters Nicollet Mall Footpath Stencil

Curb Masters uses Graco’s EcoQuip to add stencil design to Nicollet Mall footpaths in down-town Minneapolis

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Containing a Site for Vapour Abrasive Blasting

Proper containment in the process of surface preparation protects the environment and your bottom line.

The Basics

Concrete Surface Prep Part 3: Grades of Roughness

How much surface profile is sufficient for various types of concrete coatings and overlays?

How To

Concrete Surface Prep Part 2: Oil, Grease and Dirt

Concrete Surface Prep Part 2: Oil, Grease and Dirt

The Basics

Concrete Surface Prep Part 1: Unsound Concrete

How does the blaster know when he’s achieved the specified surface profile on concrete?

Success Stories

Cleaning Polyurethane Foam On Concrete

Polyurethane foam is difficult to scrape, sand, or chemically remove from concrete – vapour abrasive blasting does this easily and requires no harsh chemicals


Blast Cleaning for Municipalities

Public works departments are utilising wet blasting/vapour abrasive blasting to clean graffiti, restore weathered monuments and even remove tough lane markings


PPE & Respirator Requirements For Safe Abrasive Blasting

Everything you need to know about blasting PPE for dry, wet and vapour abrasive blasting.

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