Removing coatings from sensitive products, General Abrasives Co. Inc. provides recycled glass blasting as an alternative to traditional sandblasting techniques when dry ice at high pressure does not produce the desired effects. Glass beads added to the pressurized stream of dry ice pellets increases the cleaning performance of the stream, making an abrasive cleaning process suitable for more delicate surfaces. 


An abrasive media is a product that is added to a pressurized stream of air or water to increase its 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. Unfortunately, this method creates a massive dust plume and requires containment as well as added cleanup measures. 

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recycled bottles


Commonly made from recycled glass bottles, this blasting service is extremely cost effective and the glass beads can be reused several times before replacing. Rated 6 on the Mohs Hardness scale, recycled glass blasting is effective when removing rust while also leaving a suitable profile for various coating applications.

Primarily used on aluminum to remove oxidation and contaminants after degreasing, or on thin walled parts or thin welds, glass bead blasting is also better for the environment due to its recyclable nature. A main benefit of dry ice is the added efficiency into your production or restoration processes. Maintaining the integrity of your parts while reducing costs, dry ice blasting as a more cost-effective method of cleaning equipment and paint removal.

  • Removes rust

  • Environmentally friendly

  • Greater efficiency

  • Reduced costs 

  • Removes rust

  • Environmentally friendly

  • Greater efficiency
  • Reduced costs


Turning directly from solid to gas once the dry ice hits the surface being cleaned, the use of glass beads requires minimum cleanup and containment, especially versus the use of silica or other abrasive media in traditional blasting methods. With repeated use, the glass beads become smoother, making it possible to reuse when a gentler abrasion is needed, or when working with delicate materials or complex or fragile parts. 

Also called Bead Blasting due to the use of small, round glass beads, this process leaves a smooth and bright satin finish versus blasting with angular abrasives. Removing burrs or feathered edges from metal surfaces by blasting glass beads onto the surface of your product via a high pressure air nozzle, bead blasting is an affordable way to achieve a contaminant-free surface. This is also superior to batch tumbling to remove production artifacts to avoid any cross-contamination that may occur by mixing different parts in the same machine.

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broken empty bottles for recycling


With the ability to provide a variety of cleaning pressures, ranging from 60 to 250 PSI, our equipment allows us to service a wide range of applications. Commonly used in the automotive industry, glass bead blasting is often utilized in transmission rebuilds and for reconstruction and preparation of automotive gear. Superior over the labor and time intensive option of hand sanding or potentially damaging chemical strippers, dry ice is non-toxic, non-abrasive and time-efficient. 

Preferred among auto enthusiasts and restoration shops, dry ice blasting with glass beads is a gentler method for preparing a car’s parts or paint job for fresh coatings to leave your car looking as good as new. There are times when stubborn coatings like thick paint, epoxy and rust require an added abrasive to create the necessary blank canvas for a new paint job. With added glass beads into the dry ice, even the toughest coatings can be removed without pitting or gouging the product surface. In this situation, glass beads add an additional element of environmental responsibility due to their utilization of recycled glass bottles, creating smooth beads that are among the most gentle abrasive additives for dry ice blasting. 


Dry ice blasting allows you to take advantage of it’s quick services to reduce production downtime and unplanned maintenance. When removal of surface contaminants is necessary, and dry ice blasting alone doesn’t provide the abrasive power necessary, glass beads added into the stream increase the versatility of this preparation method. Reducing your carbon footprint and increasing your green initiatives, recycled glass beads can also be used multiple times before replacement is needed. When you are searching for quality glass bead blasting services, the team at General Abrasives is your top choice. Contact us today to learn more.