Dictionary AbrasionAbrasive WearSteel Grit Steel Grit Last updated: January 14, 2018 What Does Steel Grit Mean? Steel grit is an abrasive material that is used to abrade surfaces in a process known as abrasive blasting. Steel grit is jagged in shape, which allows it to abrade materials extremely well. Steel grit comes in many different chemical forms and sizes and is made by crushing steel shot. Advertisement Corrosionpedia Explains Steel Grit Steel grit is most frequently used in a process called abrasive blasting, in which a substance is projected at high velocities towards a base material in order to remove material from the base material or to prepare the surface for further work. This is often done to remove any unwanted contaminants or oxide layers prior to coating a base material to improve the coating's adhesion. Steel grit belongs to a family known as steel abrasives, which consists of steel grit and steel shot. Steel shot are round balls of steel; however some applications require sharper edges so steel grit is used for these applications. Because steel grit is used as an abrasive, the steel grit should be harder than the material it is abrading. Therefore, high carbon and high alloy steels are typically chosen to make steel grit. Steel grit is frequently made out of stainless steel so that no rust appears on the finished product, which could occur if plain carbon steel was used. Advertisement Share This Term> Related Terms Steel Shot Abrasion Abrasive Abrasive Blasting Iron Slag Abrasive Surface Topography Contaminants Stainless Steel Carbon Steel Grit Inclusions Related Reading Why is Stainless Steel Corrosion Resistant? Emergency In-Situ Repair Problems & Surface-Tolerant Solutions An Introduction to Stainless Steels 5 Wet or Vapor Abrasive Blasting Equipment Considerations Understanding the Industry Shift To Wet Abrasive Blasting Replica Tape: A Source of New Surface Profile Information Tags Stainless Steel Carbon Steel Corrosion Environments Prevention Substrates High Abrasion Preventative Coatings Surface Modification Abrasion Equipment Substances Substance Modification Abrasive Wear Material Modification Equipment Surface Modification Equipment Chemical Compound Material Modification Cleaning Surface Preparation Trending Articles Corrosion An Introduction to the Galvanic Series: Galvanic Compatibility and Corrosion Chemical Compound 5 Most Common Types of Metal Coatings that Everyone Should Know About Asset Management Understanding Aluminum Corrosion Asset Management If Copper is a Noble Metal then Why Are My Pipes Corroding?