I want to acheive now a nice sand blasted finish
on my pieces - how do I do that? What equipment do I need.
You need exactly that - a sand blaster. A variety of medias
(the stuff you put inside it) will give you anything from:
–a smooth glowing satin finish (Glass Beads),
–to a slightly coarse texture with a matte finish (Quartz
Abrasive) which contrasts beautifully next to highly polished
–to a slightly coarser but sparkly finish (Crushed Ruby). I’m
proud to say that Gesswein in fact invented the crushed ruby
There are a variety of sandblasters to choose from. But think
about what finishes you want and don’t assume all sandblasters
can do them. For example the little inexpensive pen-type
blasters have tubing and tips that are too narrow to accept the
coarser medias (quartz and ruby) and will only take glass beads.
These little blasters also have a tendency to clog easily
because the glass beads pick up moisture from the compressed air
that’s used to run them. It’s important to put a filter/dryer in
the air line as close to the sandblaster unit as possible in
order to dry the air before it gets to the sand.
Also available are great little tabletop sandblasters (yes, they
too require an air compressor). These almost never clog (because
an internal lite keeps the sand warm and dry) and they
automatically recirculate the sand too so you can reuse and reuse
it. They are worth the expense if you plan to do a lot of
The good news is that the major trade shows are coming up - MJSA
NY and MJSA Providence. Gesswein almost always has these
tabletop blasters on $how $pecial. Even if you can’t get to the
show, call us around March 29th when the show is going on and
check the price over the phone. It will be the best deal you can
get on these units all year long.
Hope that helps and I tried to keep it succinct this time too.
But if you need more help or have any questions, please give
me a call or email me here.
GESSWEIN CO INC USA
Tech Services: 1-800-544-2043, ext 287 for me