Starting a blasting business: The Ultimate Guide
Why Dustless Blasting?
Dustless Blasting is a form of wet abrasive blasting that efficiently removes paint, corrosion, and coatings from a variety of surfaces including metal, brick, and wood.
Unlimited Revenue Potential
Dustless Blasting equipment owners have a distinct competitive advantage from the start.
Armed with brand recognition, marketing support, reliable American-made equipment, and a self-contained rig that’s made to move, you’re able to perform countless onsite jobs that others simply cannot.
You can offer paint stripping, cleaning, and etching services in a variety of high demand markets. Some examples include:
Commercial: building exteriors, graffiti removal, line stripe removal, stone etching, and more.
Residential: home exteriors, decks, patio furniture, swimming pools, and more.
Auto and Fleet: cars, trucks, fleet trucks, buses, railroad cars, ships, boats, and more.
Marine: ships, aluminum boats, barges, fiberglass boats, expose blisters, and remove antifouling paint.
Construction: masonry cleaning, heavy equipment cleaning, paint stripping, and more.
Industrial: factories, refineries, machinery, metal buildings, tanks, towers, offshore equipment, and more.
The bottom line is that almost everything is painted, rusted, or dirty, and will eventually need to be restored. By offering this valuable alternative to purchasing new items, you are making money while saving your customers lots of money too. It’s a win-win for everyone
I had more business than I could handle. I made my investment back in about 2 months.
— Ryan W, Business Owner
Pioneering a brand new industry.
Ready for a change? Dustless Blasting is pioneering a brand new industry — mobile paint stripping and cleaning. With versatile equipment that is made to move, you can offer a wide variety of onsite services.
Here is what inspired us to create this exciting business opportunity:
Revenue Potential: The mobile paint stripping and cleaning industry is valued at over $10 billion annually, with strong year-over-year growth.
High Demand: Look around. Everything is painted, rusty, or dirty. The demand for this service is everywhere, but providers are few and far between.
Low Overhead / Startup Costs: You can start a business for around $50,000!
Quick Startup Time: You can be operational in days — not weeks or months.
Scalable Growth: It’s easy to scale your business by adding trailers and crew as you grow.
Smart Risk: We give you the best of both worlds. Benefit from a community of business owners, marketing support, and a trusted brand to help you succeed — all without franchise fees.
Did we mention it’s NOT a franchise?
You work hard for your money, so we believe you should keep all the profits.
No ongoing fees.
No corporate limitations.
Keep 100% of your profits.
We believe in setting you up for success, so you can count on training, support, marketing materials, and advertising services.
Your success will never be dependent on someone else.
Your True Costs
Dustless Blasting vs. Franchising
How Much Can I Make?
How many hours will you blast per week?
Use the slider to discover your earnings.
Part TimeSupplement your income on the weekends
Make some extra cash in retirement
Fit around an unconventional work schedule (e.g. offshore worker, teacher, firefighter)
Even if you only plan to run your Dustless Blasting machine for 5 hours a week, the cash adds up significantly. That’s because our contractors make, on average, $300 per hour of blasting.
Escape your nine-to-five.
Start working for yourself.
Stop making someone else rich.
Make your own hours.
If you can run your machine for 10, 20, or even 40 hours a week, you’ll see why so many of our contractors are happy to quit their jobs in favor of working for themselves.
I've already got jobs lined up and I haven't even gotten home yet! I'm looking forward to getting home and getting started.
— Lorne A, Business Owner
See more of Lorne's story here.
If you start to get more business than you can handle, scaling up is simply a matter of buying another machine, teaching someone how to use it, and sending them off to do the jobs you can’t. Based on blasting for under 20 hours a week, your business could plan to deliver sales of about:$300,000 in the 1st year with 1 mobile system
$600,000 in the 2nd year with 2 mobile systems
$900,000 in the 3rd year with 3 mobile systems
$1.2 million in the 4th year with 4 mobile systems
Some of our business owners have done just this. So if you want to take control of your financial future, this might be the opportunity you’re looking for.
The opportunities to make money don’t stop after you have removed all the old coatings, rust, and grime for your customer. Use the auxiliary air ports to power paint guns, air tools, and more.
This means that you can offer sealing, priming and/or painting services in addition to blasting — and charge a premium for doing so. After all, this makes you a one stop shop for your customers.
Unlike most start up businesses, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, you can start your own blasting business for under 50k. Hundreds of contractors have used this remarkably affordable machine to supplement their income or quit their day jobs.
Each unit is self-contained, so you’re ready to start blasting as soon as you pick up your machine.
What’s more, Dustless Blasting allows you to make more in an hour than many people make in a day. This is truly a machine that pays for itself in no time.
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Get approved for quick and easy equipment financing.
It doesn’t matter how good your services are if potential customers can’t find you.
Good marketing is essential for the success of any business, and mobile paint stripping and cleaning is no exception. It is the single best way to get customers, grow your business, and make more money.
MMLJ has been in the surface preparation business for over 75 years, so we know a thing or two about the industry. Through our marketing services, we can share this winning formula with business owners like you.
Online Presence and Advertising
The vast majority of consumers — 97% to be exact — go online to find a local service. If you want them to choose your company, you need to be on the web. We can build you a customized website for your business that’s full of information, pictures, and videos to show off your work.
We will also create social media ads and Google ads for your business, which are shown to thousands of potential customers in your area.
Video: Premium Online Presence Overview
We can create professional trifold brochures, quote forms, business cards, shirts, and more — all customized with your company information.
Just imagine the time it takes to find local designers, and then the time you would spend educating them about blasting, and why your service is better than the competition...it goes on and on.
You could spend that same time with a handful of professionally created marketing materials, and land your first few jobs.
It's a huge tool to have right away.
— Mike O, Business Owner
Explore: Shop for Printed Marketing Materials
Support and Training
Operating your Dustless Blasting machine is incredibly simple, and only takes a few minutes to learn. Receive hands-on training in Houston, TX when you pick up your machine or schedule a free demo today.
Dustless Blasting Academy
The Academy features in-depth articles and videos, which will give you the techniques to become a blasting expert. Try searching the Academy for topics like:
Private Facebook Group
This group is a forum to share advice, ask for help, and learn from experienced and successful business owners.
Membership is exclusive to owners of mobile equipment, as well as their spouses and business partners.
I feel like it's a family — a support system where people truly want you to succeed.
— Diane M, Business Owner
See more of Pat & Diane's story here.
Shop online 24/7 for blast equipment, accessories, consumables, parts, and more. Need it right away? Next-day delivery and in-store pickup are available for most items.
You are always welcome to contact us for technical support by submitting a ticket or giving us a call.
Visit the Academy to learn more
Watch Patrick Grime's Story
Dustless Blasting is not a franchise. There are no fees or royalties, ever. You truly own your business and are free to make 100% of the decisions and keep 100% of the profits.
You still get some of the benefits that come with a traditional franchise, like brand recognition and pre-made marketing materials.
Our marketing services are the best way to attract new customers and keep a steady flow of work coming in. As the experts in the surface preparation industry, we know and utilize all the best techniques for promoting your particular services to your potential customers.
Most of our business owners make around $300 per hour of blasting. Pricing varies throughout the country, so it’s important to base your prices on YOUR area.
This one is simple — just Google it! If you can’t find paint stripping & cleaning services near you, chances are, your potential customers can’t either.
However, if you do find a contractor in your area, does that mean you’re out of luck? Of course not — read more about finding your niche and understanding competition here
Learning to use the Dustless Blaster is simple, and only takes about 5 minutes. We're always happy to have people stop by and demo our machines. If you pick up your machine in Houston, you can receive hands-on training
If you can't make it to Houston, our online Academy features helpful articles and videos which will help you become a blasting expert.
In the blast pot, water acts as a natural lubricant. This causes less wear on nozzles, hoses and valves, which means less time and money spent on replacing parts.
Like any engine, your compressor will require routine oil changes and filter changes. You can refer to the individual maintenance schedule of your compressor in its manual, which can be found here.
If you need to purchase replacement parts, you can get them in our Online Store 24/7. Next-day shipping and store pickup are available for many items if you need a part ASAP.
Take the Next Step
Entrepreneurship is a learning process and a journey of discovery. You don’t need to know everything to take the first small step, and when starting your own business, oftentimes, the best way to learn is by doing. Now, you have the tools and information you need to start — all that’s left to do is to get to work.
Get a Quote
Get a complete picture of your investment, including any applicable tax and shipping by getting a quote.
Get pre-qualified for a small business loan here.