What is the Dustless Blaster?

The Dustless Blaster works by mixing water and abrasive inside the blast tank. By introducing water we’re drastically increasing mass and energy the machine is putting out, while eliminating dust. Imagine throwing a handful of dry sand, versus throwing a handful of wet sand; which one is going to have a more significant impact on the target? Not only will the wet sand hit the target harder, but it won’t disintegrate and become a cloud of dust like the dry sand will. This is the very simple principle behind Dustless Blasting. The Dustless Blasting system has the following advantages over the old, outdated dry blasting method:

Faster  ­  The Dustless Blaster can strip a car in under 2 hours.

Minimal Dust  ­  The abrasive gets trapped in water and grounded, eliminating the plume of dust.

Lower Abrasive Consuption  ­  The Dustless Blaster uses less media to do more work.

Abrasive Flexibility  ­  The Dustless Blaster can use almost any abrasive that sinks in water.

No Warping  ­  The water prevents friction and won’t warp thin metal like sandblasting will.

Safe for Workers  ­  Recycled bottle glass contains no free silica, the leading cause of silicosis.

Less Containment Needed  ­  In most cases, expensive, time consuming containment doesn't need to be set up.

Doesn’t Affect Nearby Workers  ­  Never sacrifice productivity, other workers can work nearby unaffected.

Leaves a Paint Ready Surface  ­ The rust inhibitor decontaminates the metal leaving a clean, chloride free paint ready surface.

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What kind of abrasive does it use?

The Dustless Blaster can use just about any abrasive that sinks in water and doesn’t dissolve. Our favorite is recycled bottle glass because it’s clean, cheap, good for a wide range of jobs and eco-friendly. If you choose to use another blast media you need to make sure it has minimal trash and a consistent particle size. Lots of trash or dirt will turn into mud inside the machine. Watch the video below for tips on choosing an optimal media.

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What kind of compressor do I need to run a Dustless Blaster?

The Dustless Blaster is a high volume air tool that requires a large compressor to be effective. These large compressors usually measure their air volume output in Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM). Below we have a chart that indicates what size compressor you will need to run various DB machines.

Dustless Blasting Air Requirements

Model

DB150

DB225

DB500 - DB800

DB1500 - DB3000

Required CFM

60-185 CFM

185 CFM

185-375 CFM

375+ CFM

 

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How Much Does It Cost?

To see all of our pricing immediately, please fill out our Contact Form or call us at 800-727-5707.

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Where Can I Buy A Dustless Blaster?

We sell factory direct in the USA and Canada. Since we don’t go through distributors, there is no middle man markup.

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Since Water Is Used, Won't It Rust Metal?

 

We use a specially formulated rust inhibitor to prevent flash rust for up to 72 hours. This extremely effective rust inhibitor is added to the blast water to prevent flash rust during blasting, and then used to rinse after blasting is complete. Watch the video to the right to learn more about the Dustless Blasting Rust Inhibitor and how to use it correctly.


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What machine do I need for ______?

All of our machines are capable of the same process. The main difference is size, so what blaster you choose is only a matter of convenience. If you don’t mind having to stop and refill 4 times while blasting a car, the DB150 is perfect for you. If you want to refill less, get one of the bigger models. The approximate blast times are listed below:

Approximate Blast Times

Model

DB150

DB225

DB500

DB800

DB1500

DB3000

Run Time

10-15 Minutes

25-30 Minutes

45-60 Minutes

75-90 Minutes

2-4 Hours

4-8 Hours

 

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How Much Abrasive Does It Take To Strip A Car?

It varies depending on nozzle size and abrasive flow. To strip a car in 2 hours it should take about 4-6 bags of glass. To strip a car in 1 hour (like in the Impala video) it may take 8-10 bags. The higher the productivity the higher the media flow.

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What Happens To The Abrasive After Blasting?

The abrasive will settle on the ground beneath or very near to whatever you’re blasting. If you’re in a place where you need to dispose of this media, the easiest way is to spread out some plastic before you begin blasting, and roll it up after blasting. Watch the video below for tips on the easiest way to blast a car.








 

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Can The Dustless Blaster Cause Warping Like Sandblasting Can?

Warping occurs when the metal heats up due to friction from dry abrasive. The Dustless Blaster will not cause warping, because friction and heat are reduced by the water. In fact the temperature of the metal being blasted usually comes down about 10 degrees from ambient. Some people say warping can still occur regardless of temperature, we disagree. Have you ever seen a blacksmith working cold metal? With that being said, you can still bend metal by applying too much pressure, just like you could bend it with a solid object. For large flat pieces of metal like trunks or hoods we recommend using about 70 PSI at a 20º angle to avoid bending metal. Also, be careful not to separate the sheet metal from the metal bracing on the underside of a trunk or hood.

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Will The Dustless Blaster Damage Chrome And Glass?

Glass and chrome can be damaged by any kind of abrasive blasting. You should always mask off the chrome and glass prior to blasting. Watch the video below to see how to prepare a car for blasting.











 

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How Much Do The Abrasive And The Rust Inhibitor Cost?

Recycled Bottle Glass


$10/50 LB Bag on 56 bag skids.

$8.50 per bag for a 15 pallet truckload (840 bags total)


*Dustless Blasting Rust Inhibitor


$225 for a 5 gallon bucket

$40 per gallon in a 55 gallon drum



* This product will mix in a 1:100 ratio with water. So 5 gallons of Rust Inhibitor will treat 500 gallons of water.

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