Concrete and metal are the most common surfaces to abrasive blast, but they are by no means the only ones where abrasive blasting can be done effectively – in other words so that undesirable impurities and rust are removed cleanly with no or minimal surface damage.

These days, even antiques and porcelain can be gently abrasive blasted. One of the keys here is what abrasive medium you use. Garnet, the safer alternative for sand used by many responsible abrasive blasters, is excellent for industrial type work. It comes in different grades for different levels of finish, and as it is used and reused, the grains become finer. However, for really fine work a softer medium such as crushed walnut shells may be the way to go.

The abrasive blast operator has a good deal of control as well, and a good one will not simply blast away at a precious object the way that is required when cleaning large industrial installations. Machine parts and automotive bodywork can be cleaned very effectively with abrasive blasting while preserving the functionality and visual appeal of the item.

When it comes to restoring vintage cars or building hot rods, it is worth bearing in mind that, while modern cars tend to have quite soft bodies, the body panels of those older cars are usually quite robust and well able to withstand a bit of abrasive blasting. More often than not, abrasive blasting is the best way to get rid off residual paintwork to prepare the metal for a new coat of paint. One of the advantages of abrasive blasting is that it gets into the nooks and crannies that are hard to reach with any manual method.

Household items such as enamel baths, historic pitchers and copper work lend themselves very well to abrasive blasting as part of the restoration process.

For a gentler clean on your equipment try our Sodablasting Service Sodablasting is safe, environmentally friendly and
  • Cleans steel, metal, fibreglass and concrete surfaces
  • Strips paint from vehicles, boat hulls & masonry
  • Effective and non toxic on food processing equipment
  • Tough on graffiti & contaminates in the industrial sector
  • Is a non destructive cleaning and stripping process


"Tauranga Sandblasting's team constantly delivers high quality work carried out Safely and on time for the last ten years."

Gull New Zealand Limited

"For the last 7 years we have used Tauranga Sandblasting to blast and re-paint onsite structural steel, refrigeration pipe work and ancillary equipment. Where it is possible, any equipment is relocated to their enclosed and environmentally protected processing facility.

Tauranga Sandblasting have always carried out any work in a professional manner, with due concerns for any environmental, operational and compliance issues before they arise. In conjunction with a paint supplier's specification, we have utilised their experience in recommending  and applying paint systems for long term applications in our harsh environment.

To date, all work done is performing to specification which reflects Tauranga Sandblasting's attention to suitability, preparation and application of paint systems."

Peter B. Martin - Sanford Limited, Tauranga