Category:Sandblast Cabinets

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Sandblast Cabinets

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This document is an internal Artisan's Asylum training document and is provided "as is", to be used as a reference only. Use of this document for any purposes other than as reference material (i.e., for the purposes of training and testing users on tools or equipment by other commercial entities or individuals) is not advised. In no event shall the authors of this material, or Artisan's Asylum, Inc., be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability whether in action or contract, arising from, out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this document for training, testing, or on-going safe use of fabrication equipment. Please consult your own lawyers and subject matter experts if you are looking to develop your own safety curriculum for fabrication equipment operation. Tool operators are responsible for their own safety, including reading and understanding the owners manual for this equipment and all of the warnings it contains.

Sandblasting is an excellent way to strip rust and paint from metal parts, and etch designs into metal, plastic, glass, and stone. It has little effect on resilient materials like rubber.




  • The parts you are sandblasting must be free of grease and oil.
  • Sheet metal may be deformed by sandblasting, try a test piece if possible.
  • Use the basket for small parts so they don't get lost
  • Any finely machined or polished surfaces will be abraded.

Do's and Dont's

Keep these instructions in mind when sandblasting:

  1. NEVER aim the abrasive stream at the gloves! They will eventually wear through.
  2. NEVER aim the abrasive stream at the glass window!
  3. Put very small parts in the basket instead of trying to hold them.
  4. Use the air gun to blow dust off your part before taking it out of the cabinet.


If there is a problem you cannot fix or you think the sandblaster needs expert attention, contact

No abrasive action

This is the most common problem; the abrasive action is weak or absent; you'll notice when it is working correctly. If there is no abrasive in the air stream, look for:

  • Are you using the plain air gun instead? The sandblasting gun has two hoses on it, the sand hose is the one connected near the tip.
  • Kinked abrasive hose to the sandblast gun
  • Loose or disconnected abrasive hose
  • Low level of blast media at the bottom of the cabinet - has it accumulated on objects above the grille?
  • The metal abrasive feed tube at the end of the abrasive hose can sometimes become clogged during extended use. If you notice the flow of abrasive decreasing, firmly tap the metal tube where it meets the flexible hose at the bottom of the blast area. For severe clogs, carefully remove the flexible abrasive hose and spray the air gun into the tube.
  • Check air pressure and adjust the regulator if necessary, but never more than its maximum rating

Gloves appear to be leaking

STOP, shut down, label the tool OUT OF ORDER, and contact

Cannot see what you are doing

There is a light inside the cabinet which turns on with the vacuum.

  • The protective cover on the inside of the window lens may be degraded. contact to get it replaced.
  • Is the shop-vac running and is its filter clean? It removes the dust from the air.

Type of abrasive

The only type of abrasive that the cabinet uses is glass beads [citation needed].

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