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Vapor blasting goes by many different names: Wet blasting, wet abrasive blasting, aqua blasting, slurry blasting, wet sandblasting, dustless blasting, and vapor/liquid honing. It is a surface refinishing process that effectively removes coatings, contaminants, corrosion and residues without damaging the original surface. Because of this, vapor blasting is quickly becoming the number one choice for applications, like restorations, that require the highest quality surface finish.


This process is clean and dust-free, but more importantly, vapor blasting can operate at lower pressures to remove coatings, contaminants, and corrosion without damaging the underlying substrate from erosion or distortion. The water also reduces friction and localized heat that can warp metal surfaces in normal dry blasting.


Vapor blasting is the preferred method for restoring antiques, soft surfaces such as aluminium, copper, brass, bronze, magnesium, titanium, cast iron, stainless steel and even wood. Overall vapor blasting is far less aggressive (but equally effective) form of blasting that restores the finish to better than new. It cleans the surface like no other process could, while creating a finish that gives the look and feel of a high quality restoration.


Vapor blasting is a superior process with significant advantages over traditional dry sandblasting. With fine abrasive media mixed with water and pressurised air, the blasted surface is left with an attractive satin finish that is smooth and almost polished due to a peening-effect that doesn’t leave fingerprints like sandblasted parts do, while being more resistant to future staining and corrosion.

Dry blasting on the other hand uses sheer impact force from high-pressure compressed air to propel abrasive media at a surface. This process causes the media to shatter on impact into finer dust particles, distorts and embeds abrasive particles into the substrate, generates heat, and can cause dry sparks charged with static electricity.

So if you are looking for a like-new polished finish, vapor blasting is the route to go down.


By comparison, in vapor blasting, the water slurry softens the impact of the abrasive media and adds mass to the particle at impact. This creates a hydrostatic force that blasts away surface coatings and imperfections, scrubbing the surface clean by the flow of water borne abrasives, without embedding the media into the substrate.

This process produces a lapping effect across the surface; knocking down the high points of the surface to improve the uniformity and smoothness of the surface. This is part of what gives vapor blasted components the smooth, polished, satin finish. Softening the impact also prevents the particles from shattering and cleans the surface without damaging or changing the surface itself.





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