Shot Blasting

Our in-house shot blasting machine offers capacity to shot blast items from small components to 6 metre sections. Our process allows us to achieve a higher quality, galvanized zinc coating which contributes towards the enhanced durability and life span of our products.

What is Shot Blasting?

‘Shot blasting’ is the process of firing an abrasive material onto a target surface, using centrifugal force, to cleanse or polish it. A spinning wheel (or similar device) propel the abrasive material, like a shot from a gun, and blasts it against the target. Hence the term ‘shot blast’.

As the high force technique is quite aggressive, it’s most commonly used on sizeable, dense objects in large scale operations. An example of this would be the strip a steel section of rust or a previously applied finish from the surface ahead of the steel section being galvanized.

Shot blasting needs to be undertaken in a controlled environment in a strong, concealed unit as the force of any blasted shots has the potential to cause collateral damage.

Shot Blasting Machine at BB Price
Shot Blasting Machine

Prior to the popularisation of shot blasting, sandblasting was the primary abrasive treatment. As sand is a more readily available resource than alternatives, it was desirable. However, the use of sand had inherent issues such as moisture content making it challenging to spread with compressed air. Furthermore, the health hazard posed is much greater. The sand types typically used in sandblasting have a high silica content. If inhaled, these can cause are respiratory problems and are a proven cause of lung cancer.

With developments in technology, sand struggles to compete with modern-day alternatives. Whereas sandblasting is limited to using a compressed air blasting process, treatment using centrifugal forces is more versatile and generally more thorough.

Despite the process being over 200 years old, sandblasting still has its uses in the modern world. As it is less force than shot blasting, it is more forgiving and can be used through handheld nozzles for greater focus. As a result, a smoother finish can be achieved, and more fragile surfaces can be treated with a lower risk of damage e.g. glass. The effect of the process ifs very similar to sandpapering.

In comparison, shot blasting is a much more suitable option for more vigorous abrasion materials like steel shot. The heavy-duty materials, when fired at force, are able to loosen rust to clean the target surface.


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