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Sodium Bicarbonate Blast Cleaning (SBBC)

Last updated: September 12, 2019

What Does Sodium Bicarbonate Blast Cleaning (SBBC) Mean?

Sodium bicarbonate blast cleaning (SBBC) refers to a non-destructive metal surface preparation method that is used for cleaning, paint stripping, surface maintenance and rust removal, and is primarily used in the automotive and food processing industries.


Corrosionpedia Explains Sodium Bicarbonate Blast Cleaning (SBBC)

The effect of sodium bicarbonate blast cleaning (SBBC) is similar to that of using a sand blaster. Like other abrasive blasting methods, SBBC uses an air compressor but uses sodium bicarbonate instead of sand as the cleaning abrasive.

Some unique advantages that SBBC provides:

  • Facilitates both surface cleaning and removing old coatings in one step
  • Allows for unique cutting patterns and action due to the specific properties of sodium bicarbonate
  • Does not require any surface cleaning or preparation
  • Does not require any steel reprofiling
  • Reduces solid waste because sodium bicarbonate is soluble in water
  • An environmentally friendly alternative to traditional abrasive blasting
  • Acts as a natural rust inhibitor

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