Wet blasting, similarly to dry blasting, is the use of an abrasive media and compressed air to achieve a desired finish on a chosen surface.
However, unlike dry blasting, wet blasting (or Vapormatting) uses a third element – liquid – to enhance the levels of surface finish that can be achieved. The benefit of including water is a much smoother and more consistent finish.
Wet blasting was developed by Norman Ashworth in the early fifties; the introduction of water was originally as a response to the banning of silica in sand blasting although the benefits of wet blasting quickly became clear.
By lubricating the abrasive particles in a buffer of water Norman found that there was a much more even flow across the surface when using wet blasting systems. This has its advantages in that less damage is done to the substrate and any abrasive action is consistent across the whole surface.
In understanding this, companies can have much greater control over their surface finishing and this something that Vapormatt pride themselves on when it comes to wet blast systems design. One of the unique features of Vapormatt wet blasting systems is the world leading levels of control that users can achieve.
A range of abrasive media’s can also be used in a Vapormatt wet blasting system and this is determined by the type of effect or finish that is required. Typically users will opt for a silicon glass bead for a “polished” finish or an aluminium oxide to achieve a “cutting” effect that leaves a matt finish. However, various “special” medias such as ceramic, plastics and steel shot can also be used on particular applications.
Despite a wide range of applications Vapormatt have chosen to build upon their technological advantage and opt to serve only those industries needing a very high quality of wet blasting that gives a very accurate surface finish. This allows us to work closely with high tech industries to constantly improve our processes.
Some of the various parameters that we look to control include:
· Air pressure
· Volume of air
· Slurry pressure
· Water temperature
· Water pH
· Water conductivity
· Gun angle
· Gun range
· Media concentration
· Process speed
When combined, these parameters make for one of the most controlled wet blasting processes available.