Wet Abrasive Blast Cleaning

Definition - What does Wet Abrasive Blast Cleaning mean?

Wet abrasive blast cleaning is one type of abrasive blasting that refers to forcibly propelling a high-pressure stream of abrasive material against a surface to:

  • Smooth a rough surface
  • Roughen a smooth surface
  • Shape a surface
  • Remove surface contaminants

In the case of wet blasting, water is used as the abrasive media along with compressed air to achieve the desired surface finish.

Wet abrasive blast cleaning is also known as wet blasting.

Corrosionpedia explains Wet Abrasive Blast Cleaning

There are two types of abrasive blast cleaning techniques:

  • Wet blasting or wet blast cleaning
  • Dry blasting or dry blast cleaning

Abrasive blasting is a method used to clean or prepare surfaces prior to use. Mechanical force is used to propel blast media at the surface to be cleaned to remove contaminants.

Abrasive blasting systems typically include three essential components:

  • Abrasive container (blasting pot)
  • Propelling device
  • Blasting nozzle
Abrasive blasting can be used to remove excess or unwanted materials from a surface. The advantage of the procedure is that it keeps the surface intact, while everything else is removed.

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