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Sandblasting and Bead blasting

RIE is able to help prepare surfaces for coating through sand and bead blasting on Aluminum and Steel.

Sandblasting and bead blasting are abrasive blasting techniques used for surface treatment and preparation. Sandblasting is typically more aggressive and is used for heavy-duty applications like rust removal on large structures, while bead blasting is preferred for precision cleaning and finishing work, where a softer touch is required to avoid damaging the substrate.

Industry uses – marine, aviation, civil contracting, home restoration and more.

RIE is able to help customers choose between the two techniques depending on the specific project requirements and the type of material being treated.

Sandblasting Specifications at RIE:

  • 9906020
  • MIL-A-21380


The operation of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure to smooth a rough surface, roughen a smooth surface, shape a surface or remove surface contaminants. It is the process of smoothing, shaping and cleaning a hard surface by forcing solid particles across that surface at high speeds; the effect is similar to that of using sandpaper, but provides a more even finish with no problems at corners or crannies.

Aluminum oxide

Aluminum Oxide is used as a sandblasting abrasive. It’s fused electrically by using alumina and other materials. It is angular, durable and low in cost, making it a popular choice for deburring jobs and grinding. It can round off edges and comes in a variety of sizes, meaning it can contain a high number of particulates per cubic inch. This smaller grain size is great for polishing and smoothing surfaces.


– Smooths or textures metal
– Removes rust and scale
– Removes heat treat discoloration
– Prepares metal for welding

Bead Blasting

Bead Blasting is the process of removing surface deposits by applying fine glass beads at a high pressure without damaging the surface. Bead blasting is often used in creating a uniform surface finish on machined parts.

Glass Bead

To obtain a finish with no profile, Glass Bead is the product of choice. The non-metallic spherical beads provide effective cleaning, polishing, debarring or peening of metal, plastic or rubber materials.  Glass beads also come in a variety of sizes and are made from soda-lime that puts very little stress on the substrate. They are excellent for preparing metal surfaces for painting and powder-coating as well as for removing unwanted surface blemishes like burrs, rust, paint and scale.


– No free silica
– Works well on stainless steel
– Removes paint finishes from automobiles
– Clean chrome or copper parts, aluminum wheels & rims