Shotblasting, gritblasting or sandblasting?

One of the biggest questions we get asked is ‘whats the difference between shotblasting and sandblasting’ or ‘what is gritblasting’?

We’ll try and answer that here for you! Shotblasting tends to be an older phrase, and here in Andover, and at our Devizes blasting premises we are often fielding these questions.

The two terms seem similar but sandblasting and shot blasting are different processes used in blast cleaning trade.

Shotblasting is often a generic term used to describe sandblasting or gritblasting. The difference however is the application technique used in cleaning and preparation.

The sandblasting or gritblasting process uses compressed air to blast abrasive media like sand against the product being cleaned. Shotblasting uses force from a mechanical device to propel ‘shot’ metal media to clean the surface.

Sandblasting is a less invasive abrasion process. Sandblasting or gritblasting is less forceful than shot blasting. With light pressure and soft media materials like organics or glass, very sensitive surfaces can be treated with little risk of any damage.

In blast cleaning we rarely use sand now. There is far safer and environmentally friendly media. These include those manufactured from minerals, metals, glass, plastics and organics like corn cobs and walnut shells.

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June 2018 – Grit Blasting UK buys local shot blasting company

UK’s leading Grit blasting organisation has recently expanded, with the acquisition of a highly reputable local shot blasting company from Andover.

Grit Blasting UK, owned by Kierien Barnes from Trowbridge in Wiltshire continues to grow its surface preparation, powder coating and paint spraying business. Last year the company moved to larger premises in Devizes with outdoor blasting facilities. Now, they have acquired a local blast specialist service at Andover.

The local blasting company specializes in metal surface finishing and restoration, undertaking highly valued work at its premises between Andover and Salisbury. it has grown its customer base over many years specializing in cleaning classic cars, agricultural and plant machinery, commercial vehicles and military vehicles.

Kierien explains “We are delighted to have acquired this specialist blasting business for the Grit Blasting Group. We don’t intend changing the established customer service approach, or the way we do things – they will remain the same. The acquisition gives us the opportunity to broaden our footprint outside of Hampshire and to take on more specialist work from outside of the local county. We very much welcome it to the Grit Blasting Group.”

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Many companies and renovation experts rely on Grit blasting UK as a contractor or sub-contractor because of their reliability and experience. From garden furniture to massive steel bridges or wind turbines to 5000 square feet warehouses, Grit blasting UK boasts an impressive client list for its blasting and cleaning services, whatever the size of project.

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