The Difference Between Dry and Wet Blasting Part 2

Part 2 of explaining the difference between dry and wet blasting...

Vixen’s Wet Blasting Machines

Our Aquablast range allows you to clean parts, remove unwanted paint, rust and burrs as well as preparing surfaces in a quick and dust-free process. The wet blasting range includes; the 91512151515 and the Aqua Wheelblaster – all to ensure a superior finish.

The Aquablast 915 is an excellent entry-level wet blasting machine and is the smallest of the range produced in our very own factory. Despite this, the power and the performance remain the same as the 1215 and the 1515. All of these Aquablast models are robust and manufactured to the highest standard by our in-house specialists.

We also have the Aqua Wheelblaster that is designed exclusively for alloy wheel preparation. This machine blasts, washes and prepares alloy wheels both quickly and easily, leaving a surface that is ready for paint and lacquer to adhere to in just 3 minutes.

The Advantages

The key to wet blasting is that the finish is produced through the flow of water borne abrasive, giving a finer finish due to the flushing action of the water. No media is impregnated into the component, nor is there any dust created by the breakup of media.

●    Dust-free process
●    Cleans by the flow of water, not by impact
●    Simultaneously degreases and blast cleans
●    Water acts as a lubricant between the media and the component
●    Promotes a longer media life
●    Produces a ‘softer’ finish
●    Avoids media impregnation on soft materials

The Process

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The illustrations above show the different natures of grit, bead and wet blasting.

A specially designed glandless polyurethane pump agitates water and media into a slurry, which is contained within the cabinet sump. Delivery of the slurry to the manual blast nozzle is via a glandless polyurethane pump and associated hoses located inside the machine. The slurry is pumped at approximately 2 bar to the nozzle and compressed air is introduced at the blast nozzle to accelerate the slurry and provide the cleaning effect on impact.

After contact with the component, the slurry then drains back into the sump creating a recirculating system. Fine, broken down media and other contaminants are fed via an overflow to a sedimentation filter located at the rear of the cabinet.

Suitable Applications

Vixen’s Aquablast range of wet blasting machines uses the vapour blasting process to simultaneously degrease and blast industrial components, of many different shapes and sizes.

The Aquablast range is particularly effective for:

●    Cleaning of dies and moulds
●    Removal of paint, rust, scale, carbon and similar deposits
●    Surface preparation prior to bonding, re-painting and re-coating
●    Satin finishing of stainless steel and other metals
●    Cleaning of PCBs and electrical connectors
●    Removal of small burrs from manufactured components
●    Blasting in environments that must remain dust-free

Not Sure Which One is Best for You?

Vixen Surface Treatments prides itself on manufacturing a selection of advanced and market-leading dry and wet blasting equipment. If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between wet and dry blasting or you’re unsure of the kind of cabinet that will best suit your company’s requirements, do not hesitate to get in contact with our highly professional and fully trained sales engineers.

We strive to ensure that you have the best possible machine for your needs, which is why we offer demonstrations and free sample testing. No matter what it is you’re looking for, you can be sure that we’ll be able to provide you with a suitable blasting machine.

Call Vixen today on 01642 769 333 to discuss

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