When to use Vapor Blasting instead of Sandblasting

June 28, 2017

Vapor blasting kits can be a big time-saver in smaller outdoor jobs that require sandblasting. For cleaning up small areas, such as graffiti removal, vapor blasting equipment is a great fit. The equipment can be set up quickly and, most importantly, the cleanup is minimal. Vapor blasting uses about a quarter of the abrasive required for regular sandblasting.

The major drawback of vapor blasting is speed.  If you are tasked with a job that is thousands of square feet, then traditional sandblasting makes much more sense.  While regular sandblasting uses much more abrasive, there is a good reason for this. The extra abrasive quickly strips the surface thoroughly.  Once you have a dust collection and vacuum system in place, then the left-over abrasive can be cleaned up in large quantities.  For these larger jobs, be sure to also consider grit recycling machines that help your abrasive supply last much longer.

Some popular uses for vapor blasting include:

  • Touch up work
  • Graffiti removal
  • Shipping containers
  • Dumpsters
  • Car frames
  • Pools

Traditional Sandblasting is used in larger applications

  • Bridges
  • Storage tanks & silos
  • Industrial Floors, walls & ceilings
  • Building Restoration

For smaller applications–like automotive parts, blast cabinets, or other stationary machines–use regular sandblasting because cleanup is not required in a contained environment.  Vapor blasting is popular in outdoor applications because of its ability to reduce cleanup.  When using crushed glass, the run off is essentially a mix of sand and water and can easily be disposed of. When using Garnet, the cleanup is also relatively easy.  Vapor blasting equipment can also be used with coal slag; however, the dark color makes cleanup more difficult.

Sandblast Solutions is an authorized distributor of Ecoquip, and also carries GeoBlaster kits. Contact us for vapor blasting equipment sales and rentals.

We are curious to hear your feedback regarding vapor blasting. What jobs have you used it for? Let us know in the comments.