Commonly used Abrasive Materials

Abrasive Blasting Materials 

The decision to use a certain type of abrasive material can depend on factors such as cost, job specifications, environment, and worker health. Commonly used abrasive materials:
• Silica sand (crystalline)
• Coal slag
• Garnet sand
• Nickel slag
• Copper slag
• Glass (beads or crushed)
• Steel shot
• Steel grit
• Specular hematite (iron ore)

Alternative, less toxic blasting materials include:

Ice cubes
• Dry ice
• Plastic bead media
• Sponge
• Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)