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Why We Used Crushed Glass for Media Blasting

One of our team’s specialties is media blasting: a fast graffiti and rust removal method that involves spraying the surface with a mixture of water and abrasive material. Our choice of abrasive (or ‘blasting media’) at SignLITE is recycled glass. Why? Allow us to explain the many benefits of crushed glass media blasting for graffiti removal and rust removal.



What is Crushed Glass Media Blasting?

Media blasting is widely used as a way to clean and restore walls, fences, decks, and other exterior surfaces. It is also popular among car enthusiasts as a way to strip paint and rust from the body of a vehicle for restoration. At SignLITE, we primarily use portable media blasting equipment to rescue commercial properties from beneath layers of paint, grease, graffiti, and rust.


Our system is what’s referred to as wet abrasive blasting or hydroblasting machine: it uses compressed air to propel a mix of water and crushed glass against the surface of the object to be cleaned. The glass strips the surface, while the addition of water cuts down on dust (a benefit we’ll say more on below).


Why crushed glass? In short, crushed glass media blasting is fast, gentle, safe, sustainable, and mess-free. Each of these benefits are worth exploring in more detail.


Fast Graffiti and Rust Removal

Time is money. When a business owner needs a wall clear of graffiti, or a deck ready for staining, they want it done fast. As a general-purpose abrasive, no other material matches the effectiveness of crushed glass. It cuts through rust, paint, and oil fast, covering a lot of ground in minimal time.


For proof, check out the before and after photos our team has snapped at some of our previous jobs: the results are impressive.


No Surface Damage

Crushed glass media blasting is tough on blight, but gentle on the underlying surface. In addition to tough rust and graffiti removal jobs, it is a suitable for restoring the original appearance of sensitive surfaces like wood, concrete, stainless steel, and fibreglass.


With crushed glass, property owners don’t have to worry about expensive touch-ups or extra restoration work after the job is done.


No Mess

The advantage of hydroblasting (wet blasting) is that it all but eliminates dust from the equation. Unlike alternatives like sodablasting, which leaves a messy residue behind on the surface, hydroblasting with crushed blast leaves no mess. That means no extra clean-up work for property owners to deal with.



Since there’s no dust or chemicals involved, this method of graffiti and rust removal is safe to use around people and animals. Business owners will be relieved to know they won’t have to shut down for the day in order for us to do our job.


Sustainable and Environmentally-Friendly

Crushed glass media blasting is the greenest way to remove graffiti. Being inert, non-toxic and non-hazardous, this choice of blasting media poses no danger to the natural environment. Plus, it’s sustainable: all the crushed glass we use comes from recycled bottles.


Have a job you’ve been meaning to take care of? Get in touch with us today for a free estimate on media blasting services in Kitchener-Waterloo and Southwest Ontario.

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Danny Sullivan
February 21, 2020
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