The Wetblasting Process

The ideal alternative to dry blasting

Posted on Friday, 24th February, 2017

Vixen's Aquablast® range of wet blasting machines ensures a superior finish at the end of the blasting process.

These machines give you the perfect alternative to dry blasting, in what is a dust-free process with a softer surface finish, which in cosmetic applications, keeps components cleaner for longer. The Aquablast® range has 3 standard model sizes and custom build options.

The key to wetblasting is that the finish is produced through the flow of water borne abrasive. A finer finish is achieved due to the lubrication and flushing action of the water during the blasting process.

Dry grit and bead blasting processes are shown here in diagrams 1 and 2, which demonstrate the severe 90 degree ricochet that occurs when using these methods.

The Wetblasting Process

Diagram 3 shows the wetblasting method and how the cushioning from the water along with the altered angle for the media, produces a lapping effect which travels across the surface of the component being blasted. A satin/polished finish is the result, desired and preferred by many industries.

The wetblasting process is particularly effective for:

  • Cleaning of dies and moulds
  • Removal of paint, rust, scale, carbon and similar deposits
  • Surface preparation prior to bonding, re –painting and recoating
  • Satin finishing of stainless steel and other metals
  • Cleaning of PCBs and electrical components
  • Blasting in environments which must remain dust-free

Advantages of wetblasting:

  • Dust-free process
  • Cleans by flow and not impact
  • Simultaneously degreases and blasts
  • Produces a softer/smoother finish
  • The smoother finish makes the components more resilient to handling without leaving finger marks
  • Water acts as a lubricant between media and the component
  • Promotes longer media life
  • Avoids media impregnation on softer materials

If you need any further information on the Aquablast® range or the wet blasting process contact us today on 01642 769333 or email info@vixen.co.uk

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