As a potential Dustless Blasting business owner, we know that you have some questions about the business. We've collected some of our top FAQs here.
Is it really dustless?
Yes it is! Dustless Blasting works by mixing water and abrasive inside the blast tank. During blasting, the water encapsulates the abrasive and coating being removed, preventing them from becoming airborne. Because no bulky containment is needed, your customers will appreciate that you can blast items at their location.
Imagine that you are stripping a car in a football stadium. With Dustless Blasting, the blast media would be contained in an area about the size of the logo in the center of the field. Whereas if you were dry sandblasting, the entire stadium would be filled with airborne media.
Do I need to clean up afterwards?
Whatever media you put in the machine is going to come out, so there will be some cleanup afterwards. However, the water in our system helps control the mess by keeping it within a small radius of the work area. It suppresses the airborne particulates associated with dry blasting, eliminating the plume of dust.
Can my truck pull the DB500?
When fully loaded, the compact DB500 Mobile S weighs in at 5,200 lbs and it can be towed by most trucks.
The larger DB500 Mobile XL weighs 8,600 lbs when fully loaded. It generally requires a 1-ton truck to tow it.
Finally, the DB800 Mobile weighs in at 9,700 lbs when fully loaded.
Does it work in cold weather?
There are many things you can do to blast in freezing weather, such as adding isopropyl alcohol to the blast water. Read the full post and more tips here.
Remember, all of our machines have the ability to dry blast, which can be a good alternative in very cold weather.
How much should I charge people for this service?
Pricing varies significantly throughout the country, so it’s important to base your prices on YOUR area. Though we can’t give you exact pricing, we can share tips, tricks, formulas, and ballpark numbers. In no time at all, you'll be a pro at estimating jobs. Download our How To Price Jobs PDF below - it’s full of tips and examples!
Will it warp metal?
The Dustless Blaster will NOT cause warping, because friction and heat are reduced by the water in our process. Warping occurs when the metal heats up due to friction from dry abrasive. With Dustless Blasting, the temperature of the metal being blasted actually comes down about 10º from ambient.
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 auto trunks or hoods, we recommend using about 70 PSI at a 20º angle to avoid bending metal.
Read our blog post titled 1956 Buick Riviera restoration to see how beautifully the Dustless Blaster works on metal!
Will it rust metal?
By using a specially formulated rust inhibitor, you can prevent flash rust for up to 72 hours. Add the inhibitor to the blast water to prevent flash rust during blasting, and then use it as a rinse after blasting is complete.
Watch a video on how to use rust inhibitor.
What finish do I get?
Different jobs will require different levels of surface cleanliness, which is often referred to using SSPC or NACE standards. This will be dictated by the type of surface and what will be done to it afterwards.
For example, if you are blasting a classic car before body filler is applied, you need to take it down to an extremely clean white metal finish. On the other hand, if you are stripping a dumpster which is to be repainted, a rough brush blast will do.
With the Dustless Blaster, you can achieve various surface profiles in several ways, such as using different abrasives, blasting quickly or slowly, or adjusting your blast distance.
Read more about surface prep for metal here: 3 Key Ingredients to a perfect metal paint job
Do you have a distributor near me?
We are able to ship our machines direct from our factory in Houston, Texas anywhere in the world. For more details on shipping internationally, give us a call at 713-869-2227.