Eco-Friendly Dustless Hull Blasting
Questions and Answers
July 15, 2013
What is dustless blasting and how is it different from other hull cleaning methods?
Dustless Blasting is a revolutionary new blasting process. It involves water encapsulating the media increasing the blast pattern once it hits the substrate, while keeping the media from heating up.
What equipment is used in the dustless blasting process?
The blaster, which is available in 1, 5, 8, 15, and 30 cubic foot configurations which includes the blast hose, nozzle, and fill funnel. In addition to that, you will need an air compressor, the size will depend on the size of the blaster.
What material is used in the dustless cleaning process and are there any environmental discharge or cleanup issues a user needs to be concerned about?
The media is water, recycled bottle glass and an optional rust inhibitor. You can absolutely use other forms of media in this blaster and you can use it wet or dry. This machine is built to blast. That being said the clean up will depend on what you are blasting. The recycled glass we use is less than 1% silica, so there are no environmental issues with it. If you are using sand or other medias, you might need to check with your local guidelines.
How does the cost of dustless blasting process compare to other hull cleaning methods?
It saves hours of time and costs less than any other method available. We blasted a 55’ aluminum vessel for just over $1,500.00. When the owner of MMLJ was looking to do his beloved Andromeda, he didn’t hesitate to blast it dustless and he couldn’t have been happier.