sjoemie himself, in Tools and Equipment
Yesterday I was using my newly acquired blasting cabinet. I have it hooked up to a vacuum and thought this was good enough to keep from breathing the dust that escapes from the cabinet. My shop is crowded, so I usually move the two tractors that are parked in the center of the shop out the back door and then move them back in when I come inside for the day. Since it is colder now I had both the garage doors closed while I was using the blaster. I am using 80 grit glass beads by the way.
When I finished, I opened the rear door to move the tractors back in and I was surprised to see a large cloud of dust billowing up into the sky. I suddenly realized that I had spent several hours breathing all this dust into my lungs.
I will wear a face mask from now on.
I recently purchased a blasting cabinet and used it to clean paint and rust from two wheel. My problem is with the resulting finish of the wheels. They were left with a dull gray finish that is not smooth. I suspect it is the result of the material I used to clean the wheels.
I was under the impression that glass beads would leave a clean, smooth finish. What I got was a gray, kind of gritty finish. Reminds me of what I got from using sand several years ago with a pressurized outdoor blaster. Am I expecting too much?