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 runoff.
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 Vapor 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.
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What is wet abrasive blasting
Learn about wet abrasive blasting and wet vapour blasting and how it's different to other methods, such as dry blasting and wet blasting.
Surface Preparation Standards Explained - SSPC/NACE & ISO 8501
Understanding the ISO 8501 and SSPC/NACE blast cleaning surface preparation standards.
How to Blast Softer Substrates
Safely clean and restore wood, concrete, brick, stone and even soft surfaces without damage
Concrete Surface Prep Part 1: Unsound Concrete
How does the blaster know when he’s achieved the specified surface profile on concrete?
Compressed air demands for vapour abrasive blasting
Compressed air recommendations for the best vapour abrasive blasting results
Blasting abrasive comparison
An overview of the different wet blast cleaning methods, with their advantages and disadvantages.
True Dustless Blasting is a Myth
Know the facts: there is no such thing as dustless or dust-free blasting in surface prep
The wet abrasive blasting standards explained
Standards to determine the level of cleanliness and flash rust on steel surfaces after wet abrasive blasting methods applied
How to remove powder coatings: comparing the different methods
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How HoldTight Inhibits Rust
Learn how HoldTight improves efficiency by allowing you to blast longer, without stopping to apply paint and learn wet abrasive blasting standards
EcoQuip confirmed as suitable for explosive atmospheres
Graco’s EcoQuip vapour abrasive blast equipment was thoroughly tested for use in potentially hazardous areas involving explosive atmospheres caused by gases and vapours
Asbestos removal through vapour abrasive blasting
Vapour abrasive blasting can be used for asbestos removal, but only under certain conditions.
ADNOC approves Graco’s EcoQuip Vapour Abrasive Blasting unit
Graco’s EcoQuip Vapour Abrasive Blasting equipment is approved by ADNOC as a surface preparation solution for Zone 1 areas on DAS Island
Abrasive blasting checklist: what you need to do to prep and clean up a job site
This blasting checklist guarantees the perfect preparation for all wet and vapour blasting operations
How to remove powder coatings: comparing the different methods
There are a number of different stripping methods to remove powder coatings.
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 Choose the Right Blasting Abrasive
What to consider when selecting abrasive media for wet or dry blasting
How to Choose the Right Blast Nozzle for Wet Abrasive Blasting
What you need to know to choose the right blast nozzle for your abrasive blasting application
How to blast fibreglass hulls without damaging the gel coat
Removing the antifouling paint from a fibreglass hulls is easy with vapour abrasive blasting
Containing a Site for Vapour Abrasive Blasting
Proper containment in the process of surface preparation protects the environment and your bottom line.
Concrete Surface Prep Part 2: Oil, Grease and Dirt Removal
Concrete Surface Prep Part 2: Removing oil stains from concrete
Abrasive Blaster’s Guide to Rust Prevention
Various types of rust and how to avoid them – a comprehensive guide for abrasive blasters
Safely remove lead-based paints with vapour abrasive blasting
Vapour abrasive blasting is one of the best solutions for the safe removal of lead-based paint
Abrasive Blasting and the Future of Shipyard Surface Prep
Fairhaven Shipyard, the 800-foot pier owned and operated by Puglia Engineering, Inc. faces many surface preparation and cleaning challenges.
The 5 benefits of vapour abrasive blasting compared to UHP waterjetting
Why choose the EcoQuip abrasive blaster compared to Ultra-high pressure waterjetting.
Wet abrasive blasting with EcoQuip
EcoQuip’s revolutionary vapour abrasive blasting technique: faster, cleaner and greener.
Creative Fabrications cleans Julie Penrose Fountain with EcoQuip 2 Blasting Equipment
Creative Fabrications was recently hired to clean the exterior of the stainless steel Julie Penrose Fountain, located inside America the Beautiful State Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The right Municipalities graffiti remover
Councils are utilising wet blasting / vapour abrasive blasting as a graffiti remover, for monument restoration, statue cleaning, and even to remove tough lane markings
Maintenance of yachts and sailing boats in marinas isn’t always easy
Maintenance of yachts and sailing boats in marinas isn’t always easy. Space can be limited and it’s crucial the surface doesn’t get damaged.
Shipbuilder impressed with EcoQuip 2 Abrasive Blaster for Dry Dock
M&M Industrial used Graco’s EcoQuip 2 at Swiftships for an abrasive blasting job of a ship. The Swiftships’ people were impressed with how little water and media the machine used compared to other wet and dry blasting units they had tried before.
Twice the production for large blasting jobs
Learn how Schavicast doubled the production for large blasting jobs with Graco.
Successfully refurbishing challenging surfaces
A Swiss contractor successfully removed graffiti and gum in a pedestrian tunnel without damaging the concrete.
Reducing environmental concerns with vapour blasting equipment
Learn how Lloyds Engineering Reduced environmental concerns with Graco vapour blasting equipment.
Regulating blasting power smoothly with a dust-free result
Learn how Budo-Mat Regulates blasting power smoothly with a dust-free result through Graco products.
Blasting vessel without damaging the wood
Vapour abrasive blasting with EcoQuip 2 where conventional sandblasting is not possible.
Creating a pitted finish on granite with the EcoQuip
The existing kerb in Denman Street, London, UK, was causing damage to a range of high-class vehicles including Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and Jaguars that frequently pulled-up there to drop-off hotel customers. The kerb needed to be modified to prevent additional damage and a cycle path added.
Niles Industrial Coatings reduces dust exposure for employees
The use of silica product in abrasive blasting has increasingly become more of a safety risk for construction workers. Exposure to too much respirable crystalline silica causes serious health problems such as lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease.
Reduce vessel downtime & boat surface preparation with EcoQuip2
Vapour blasting is the most efficient and eco-friendly stripping method for boat and yacht surfaces