Wet Abrasive Glass Blasting

Starr Restoration Services offers Dustless Abrasive Media Cleaning – an environmentally friendly, versatile alternative for removing some of the toughest coatings.

Dustless Abrasive Media cleaning offers advantages over traditional blasting methods. An environmentally friendly, low dust cleaning method. Wet Abrasion Blasting uses compressed air, water and abrasive media that is sent through a nozzle to effectively clean and prep many surfaces. There is very little dust because of the water mist, so airborne particles are reduced. This reduces cleanup and the process also gives a softer finish to the surface.

Dustless Abrasive Media Cleaning

Wet cleaning will remove the toughest coatings, yet can be adjusted to clean the most fragile surfaces, without damage. Whether removing corrosion on a storage tank or removing graffiti from sandstone, Wet-Abrasive cleaning is extremely versatile.

Some of the materials, such as bronze, lime stone, cast iron, ceramic, copper, marble, and wood can be cleaned without damaging the surface. Paint can be removed from most surfaces utilizing our Eco Quip EQ600 unit with virtually little or no dust. The wet abrasive process gives us a 97% reduction in dust and allows us to clean at a lower pressure. Wet abrasive is a Eco friendly process utilizing recycled glass or other materials can be used based on the cleaning or stripping needs.

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Graffiti removal Abrasive Dustless Media Blasting using recycled glass

Some additional applications for cleaning include: Buildings – both interior and exterior, Masonry, Sensitive Mosaics, Metals, Stones, Murals, Grave Markers, and Statues.


  • Removes unwanted coatings and prepares surfaces for re-coating
  • Removes rust and scale
  • Restoration Work – Paint Stripping– brick, stone, decorative metals, monuments, historical items
  • Graffiti Removal
  • Marine Applications
  • Remove roadway markings
  • Remove Sealers from Exposed Aggregate and Stamped Concrete Surfaces

Types of Media

In the early 1900s, it was assumed that sharp-edged grains provided the best performance, but this was later demonstrated not to be correct.

Mineral abrasive is garnet. Garnet is more expensive than silica sand, but if used correctly, will offer equivalent production rates while producing less dust and no safety hazards from ingesting the dust. Magnesium sulphate, or kieserite, is often used as an alternative to baking soda.

Agricultural: Typically, crushed nut shells or fruit kernels. These soft abrasives are used to avoid damaging the underlying material such when cleaning brick or stone, removing graffiti, or the removal of coatings from printed circuit boards being repaired.

Synthetic: This category includes corn starch, wheat starch, sodium bicarbonate, and dry ice. These “soft” abrasives are also used to avoid damaging the underlying material such when cleaning brick or stone, removing graffiti, or the removal of coatings from printed circuit boards being repaired. Sodablasting uses baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) which is extremely friable, the micro fragmentation on impact exploding away surface materials without damage to the substrate.

Additional synthetic abrasives include process byproducts (e.g., copper slag, nickel slag, and coal slag), engineered abrasives (e.g., aluminum oxide, silicon carbide or carborundum, glass beads, ceramic shot/grit), and recycled products (e.g., plastic abrasive, glass grit, recycled bottle glass).

Metallic: Steel shot, steel grit, stainless steel shot, cut wire, copper shot, aluminum shot, zinc shot.

Starr Restoration Services, Inc. can choose the right media for your project.