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dry ice blasting on wood surface

Dry ice blasting is a nondestructive, safe method of removing surface coatings and rust or corrosion used primarily in industrial and commercial applications. A pressurized stream of air and dry ice pellets is aimed at your product surface, creating an explosive sublimation. The dry ice instantaneously turns to gas and the surface contaminants are blown off the product. This dustless cleaning method leaves no residue on the surface of the product and is considerably less time consuming, with reduced need for cleanup.

Dry ice blasting uses a pressurized stream of dry ice pellets instead of using small, abrasive particles for blasting. The dry ice is initially solid and begins to sublimate (instantaneously turn to gas) upon impact. Surface coatings like paint oil, adhesives, and accumulated debris shrink from the change in temperatures and are forcibly blown off the surfaces they are attached to, leaving a clean, dry surface. 

Reduce downtime on your job or in your manufacturing process by utilizing dry ice blasting. A non-abrasive media that eliminates the need for chemicals, there is no secondary waste and minimal cleanup necessary in this process. 

Since it does not require water or chemicals, dry ice blasting can be used to clean a variety of products across numerous industries. Coupled with the fact that this pressurized stream can be used without the need to accommodate equipment disassembly or cool down, dry ice blasting is an effective cleaning and surface preparation method. Across all industries, dry ice blasting can be an effective addition to cleaning and maintenance programs. From automotive restoration to parts finishing and industrial paint removal and container cleaning, dry ice blasting is a gentle cleaning method that preserves the surrounding environment and requires minimal cleanup. The pressurized stream can be directed into nooks and crannies, making it extremely effective in cleaning printing presses, food service and preparation equipment and much more!

Since dry ice sublimates on contact, there is no secondary waste produced that can harm the environment. Dry ice itself is made from reclaimed carbon dioxide, thereby it does not add any additional CO2 into the atmosphere. Safe for commercial and food grade use, dry ice blasting as an environmentally friendly and efficient cleaning and preparation process.

Dry ice blasting uses pressure blasted particles of solid carbon dioxide (commonly called dry ice), instead of using small, abrasive particles for blasting. This pressurized stream of dry ice pellets are initially solid and begin to sublimate (instantaneously turn to gas) upon impact. Surface coatings shrink from the change in temperatures and are forcibly blown off the surfaces they are attached to, leaving a clean, dry substrate. Eliminating the need for water and reducing hazardous waste or chemical drainage, cleanup following dry ice blasting is as easy as sweeping up residue that has been removed from the surfaces.

Like nearly everything we encounter, when used inappropriately, dry ice blasting can be dangerous, however with a properly trained technician, the danger is greatly reduced. Because dry ice is extremely cold particles of carbon dioxide, it is important that technicians are properly equipped to prevent frostbite when coming into contact with dry ice pellets. Proper ventilation is essential, as is making certain that equipment is properly grounded to prevent static discharge. As with any industrial process, eye, ear, and mouth protection is of utmost importance. Overall, dry ice blasting is a safe and effective method of surface preparation when the proper precautions are in place. 

An abrasive media is a product that is added to a pressurized stream of air or water to increase it’s aggressive strength in removing paint, rust, and other contaminants from the surface of a product. In traditional cleaning, sandblasting is one of the most commonly referred to cleaning methods, in which sand particles are used to remove such contaminants and create a clean substrate. This method creates a massive dust plume and requires containment as well as cleanup measures. With dry ice blasting, recycled bottles are repurposed as glass beads to be used as the abrasive medium when mixed with the dry ice pellets. Garnet crushed to various sizes is another abrasive media that is utilized with dry ice blasting, both causing considerably less environmental impact.