Cyclone Mfg Glass Bead Abrasive - 50 lb. Pail
Glass bead abrasive media is one of the most popular sandblasting abrasives for sale today. This all-purpose abrasive media is ideal for honing and polishing parts. You can also peen, blend, finish, and remove light burrs. Another very popular use is etching or frosting glass. Glass bead abrasive is also an ideal cleaning abrasive for most light foreign matter.
Paint, rust, scale and surface residues are some of the common removal uses. Glass bead blasting generally will not change dimensional tolerances and can detect weld and solder flaws.
Glass bead abrasive is typically consumed at a slow rate in bead blasting equipment. Additionally, they also survive multiple impacts, and thus can be recycled several times. Glass bead media is usually made from recycled glass and is chemically inert. Therefore, they tend to leave no ferrous or other undesirable residue on the surface. When you properly use glass beads, they leave a controlled and clean finish on the prepared surface
First, larger beads remove larger and/or tougher materials from the surface. Next, larger beads produce a more intense peening effect and peen deeper into the material surface. Finally, coarse glass beads are consumed faster at the same pressure as fine glass beads.
In contrast to course beads, finer beads remove smaller materials from the surface. Therefore, fine beads tend to clean faster and produce a less intense peening effect and peen less deep into the material surface. Next, finer glass beads are more capable of reaching into smaller spaces on the material being prepared. As a result, finer glass beads can produce a matte finish, when properly used. Finally, fine beads also consumed slower at the same pressure as coarse beads.
All Beads Sizes
For all sizes of glass beads: bead size, angle of the blast nozzle, shape of the workpiece, distance from the workpiece, air pressure all dramatically affect the ultimate surface preparation and media consumption. Additionally, direct vs. siphon feed bead blasting equipment also affect how glass beads usage and consumption.