Abrasive Blasting

Clean Surfaces Better and Faster Than Traditional Techniques

RP Abrasives offers a wide range of abrasive blasting services, also known as bead blasting depending on the application. Bead blasting typically results in a more uniform surface texture, whereas abrasive blasting tends to create a coarser finish. Regardless of your unique needs, we can precision blast parts from 1/2″ to 3 square feet, masking off areas not to be blasted.

Abrasive Blasting Can Improve Parts in Several Ways:

  • Preparing surfaces to receive coatings
  • Removing thin coatings
  • Achieving a desired surface texture or roughness
  • Cleaning complex surfaces
  • Efficiently removing burrs

We Have Many Ways to Bead Blast Your Parts:

  • Suction & pressure blasting services
  • Tumble blasting services
  • Micro blasting services
  • Many different abrasive materials such as glass bead, aluminum oxide, and garnet to name a few bead blasting methods

Abrasive & Bead Blasting Methods

Micro Abrasive Blasting

We do micro-abrasive blasting using Comco Inc. equipment. While this is often referred to as “pencil blasting” because the nozzles are so small, it is actually micro blasting and is well suited for small precision parts that require tight control. Precise surface texture and deburring are both easily done this way. The industry that most commonly utilizes this finishing method is advanced manufacturing.

This process differs from tumble blasting in that we are normally blasting only one surface or even a portion of one’s surface, whereas in tumble blasting the whole part is being blasted. With micro-abrasive blasting, multiple parts are sometimes loaded into the machine simultaneously but are ultimately being finished one at a time.

Tumble Blasting

Tumble blasting is a process of slowly rotating parts in a basket while the blast media is applied. This can be done with one part or with batches of parts. It is a very economical way to uniformly deburr or texture the surface of batches of small parts. We use Empire basket blast equipment. We bead blast medium and larger size parts using Zero brand blasting equipment made by Clemco Industries. This very reliable equipment allows us to supply a variety of industries including aerospace, computer, medical, surgical, and others.

Abrasive Media

All of our abrasive and bead blasting capabilities can be applied to just about all materials, including but not limited to stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, and plastics. The medias we use range from mil spec. glass beads, aluminum oxide, garnet, silicone carbide, and walnut shell. All our medias come in different “grits” or sizes to allow our customers to customize the texture of their parts. All the medias we use are from the BCS company or Stratus technologies.

Contact the Finishing Experts

Please visit our bead blasting process page for additional information on how RP Abrasives can help you achieve your surface finishing goals. To request a free quote, contact us online!