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The Pro's and Cons of SodaBlasting vs. Sand Blasting:

  • Soda cannot be re-cycled as sand can; it is a “single use” product
  • Soda does not present the health hazards that sandblasting does
  • Soda is a “soft abrasive” and does not scratch or etch the substrate as sand does
  • Soda can be used on delicate equipment and food processing machinery unlike sandblasting
  • Soda does not cause heat build-up (through friction) in the substrate as sand and other hard abrasives do
  • Soda does not cause sparks and is safe to use around combustible chemicals unlike many other abrasives
  • In many situations items adjacent to those that are to be sandblasted need to masked to prevent damage; sodablasting can be used (again in most instances) without having to mask adjacent equipment
  • SodaBlasting uses a special blast pot so that the media (remember “single use”) can be applied in a strictly regulated and economical manner
  • Soda cannot remove deep rust patches in metal, unlike abrasive blasting; it does however, remove light surface rust with ease
  • Cost comparison, sandblasting is cheaper as it can be reused (as well as sand being a cheaper product), where as soda is single application. There are however specific areas where sandblasting cannot be utilised effectively (e.g. stripping down fibreglass) and then sodablasting offers a cost-effective (and time saving) alternative to manual labour
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