Soda blasting is an environmentally safe, non-abrasive form of blasting that uses sodium bicarbonate as its blast media instead of sand, walnut shell, steel or corn cob.
The pros of Soda Blasting
- Due to the fact that soda blasting is non-abrasive, you don’t need to worry about the physical impact of the process on the object you are soda blasting. That’s to say that, if you are soda blasting let say a glass or plastic wall or object, be rest assured that your wall or your object will still be in good shape even after the process. Unlike in sand blasting where you can’t blast surfaces of glass or plastic because the sand blasting media which is large rocks and dense sand will cause severe damage to your glass or your plastic. In addition too, in sand blasting, even when you sand blast hard objects like metals chances are, the metal will rust as a result of moist that will build up on it. But with soda blasting you won’t have to deal with impact marks on your objects or surface. So therefore, the most common soda blasting involves cars, car frames, plastic and other fragile materials.
- Apart from objects, soda blasting can be used in cleaning food grade products. But in this case the soda blasting media that is used is the baking soda. Since baking soda is edible and also nutritionally safe for use in the cooking process. Soda blasting offers an option for blasting a product without fear of contamination.
The Cons of Soda Blasting
- Unlike blast media like coal slag, steel or glass, soda blasting doesn’t give room for surface profile. And surface profile is necessary because if you fail to do that, it might result in coating failure which means paint won’t bond to the surface again. as a result, the surface lacks the protection it needed
- Soda blasting usually cannot remove painting or coatings that are hard to remove. And most times it takes repeated soda blasting efforts to remove these coatings.
Soda blasting is however unique in the sense that it requires special sandblast pot considerations when compared to the most abrasive types. Notably, you need a blast pot for effective soda blasting. The following are the most common areas where soda blasting has been effectively utilized: engine parts, oil pumps, fiberglass components, aircraft parts, delicate substrates, etc.
In conclusion, Soda blasting is a good means of removing dirt, mildew, grease, stains and also used in stripping surfaces. When you consider the wonderful benefits of soda blasting like its eco-friendly non-abrasive, swift nature and also the fact that it doesn’t leave any blast mark on objects you will then realize why it is a preferred choice for effective stain removal.