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Abrasive and Media Guide


Produced from soda-lime, glass beads are used for peening and the removal of almost any surface blemish. They can be used safely for texturing or producing attractive cosmetic finishes, without damaging the base material. Being totally inert, there is no risk of corrosion or any contamination. Unless excessive blasting occurs there is no alteration in the dimensions of the treated surfaces. Strict control of both manufacturing and grading processes ensure consistency of finish. 25Kg bags shrink wrapped on 1 tonne non-returnable pallets.



Virgin Brown Aluminium Oxide is a sharp, fast-working abrasive ideally suited for hand cabinets and blast rooms. Used wet or dry, where ferrous blasting abrasives are not suitable due to the risks of corrosion and magnetisation involved. Ideal for extremely hard workpieces. Reclaimed aluminium oxide is a cheaper alternative to virgin brown but not as cost effective, due to increased breakdown when blasting at high pressures. White and pink aluminium oxide also available.




Made from high carbon, tempered steel providing durability and resistance to fracture. Used for peening and cleaning. Typical applications include metal improvement, stress relief, removal of heat treatment residue, mill scale, rust, paint and sand from castings.


Cleans quicker than shot but breaks down at a faster rate. Steel shot or grits are not suitable for certain applications and surface corrosion may occur after treatment. Immediate coating or temporary protection is essential. Metallic abrasives are available in three different types with suitability depending on application.


White iron structure which shatters on impact. Harder than steel with a quicker cleaning action. For use in air driven machines to complement their speed and flexibility. The grits are frequently used to etch structural steel and components prior to coating with paint, metal spray or plastics.



Garnet is dense, tough and dust free for fast cleaning and coating removal. Particularly suitable where material can be recycled, making it very economical. Generally works 30% - 50% faster than slag grits, due to its higher density.



An expendable synthetic mineral abrasive which is widely favoured for open nozzle blasting applications by virtue of its fast rates. A range of grades are available to suit most applications.




Made from Urea, more aggressive than Type V suits light industrial cleaning. For use at low pressure it’s fast, efficient and non-damaging. A cost effective replacement for chemical stripping and superb paint remover.


Made from Acrylic solves coating removal and surface preparation problems. Provides rapid coating removal, minimal substrate abrasion and a low cost alternative to chemical stripping and sanding.



Multi-purpose expendable abrasive, safe alternative to silica sand suitable for cleaning brick, stone, concrete, wood, stainless steel and soft alloys to provide a fine profile prior to coating application or a decorative satin finish. Ideal for applications where a light coloured abrasive may be more aesthetically or environmentally acceptable.



Airblast Olivine is a naturally occurring silica free material of low specific density and is available in four sizes. Olivine is particularly good for many light blasting applications, and has proven very popular with expendable users. It is sand coloured and highly suitable for wet blasting and building cleaning where darker medias may cause a nuisance, for instance on clean up or with impingement. Airblast Olivine being iron free and containing no free silica can also be used on stainless steel and aluminium surfaces for coating preparation or removal applications.



For more information about blast media and abrasives please view our range of products here Blast media, or to place an order please call us on 08450 725015.