Abrasive Blasting

Vapor 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 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.

Video: Comparing Blasting Technologies

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True Dustless Blasting is a Myth

Abrasive Blasting Articles

The Basics

Surface Prep Standards Explained - SSPC/NACE & ISO 8501

Understanding the ISO 8501 and SSPC/NACE blast cleaning surface prep standards.


True Dustless Blasting is a Myth

Know the facts: there is no such thing as dustless or dust-free blasting in surface prep

The Basics

Concrete Surface Prep Part 3: Grades of Roughness

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

The Basics

Concrete Surface Prep Part 1: Unsound Concrete

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


Blast Cleaning for Municipalities

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

How To

Detecting & Identifying Defects in Steel During Surface Preparation

Finding and reporting defects is not only important, but is a good way to distinguish yourself from the competition

Success Stories

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.


EcoQuip Successfully Tested in Hazardous Locations

Norway-based Gexcon AS performed various tests to determine whether the EcoQuip equipment blasting process would create a potential ignition in explosive atmospheres


Abrasive Blasting with ARMEX Soda

Soda blasting has been successfully used for a variety of abrasive blasting applications since the 1980's

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