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BCS Industrial offers all types of sandblast medias available, most of which are in stock and ready to ship at the time you place your order.

Coal Slag
Sharp, angular shaped blasting media, cost effective, low free silica (less than 0.1%) A common choice by contractors for wide variety of substrates.  Available in Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Coarse and Extra Coarse.
Crushed Glass
The angular nature of crushed glass grit allows for aggressive surface profiling and removal of coatings and surface contamination. Crushed glass grit contains no free silica, is non-toxic and inert and contains no heavy metals. Hardness 5-6; Avail. Grit size range Coarse to Extra Fine; Angular shape.
Garnet, a naturally inert mineral, is a sharp, angular, twelve-sided crystal (officially a rhombic dodecahedron), with a hardness of between 7.5 and 8.5 on the Mohs scale. Available in grit sizes from coarse to fine.
Aluminum Oxide
Aluminum oxide is an extremely sharp, long-lasting blasting abrasive that can be recycled many times.  Hardness 8-9; Avail. Grit size range 12-220; Angular shape.
Glass Beads
Manufactured from lead-free, soda lime-type glass, containing no free silica, glass beads are manufactured into preformed ball shapes. Glass beads produce a much smoother and brighter finish than angular abrasives. Glass beads can be recycled approximately 7-10 times. Hardness 5-6; Avail sizes #3 - #13; Round shape. 
Steel Shot
Blasting with steel shot is a popular method for cleaning, stripping and improving a metal surface. Steel shot is manufactured into a round ball shape that results in a smooth and polished surface. The peening action of the steel shot produces improved compressive strength to metal surfaces. Hardness 40-51 HRC; Grit size range S-70 to S-780; Spherical shape.
Steel Grit
Highly demanding, aggressive applications are ideal for steel grit. Steel grit offers a very fast stripping action for many types of surface contaminants from steel and other foundry metals. Softer than aluminum oxide but still angular in shape, steel grit will not fracture as easily making it perfect for creating an etched surface on metal. Hardness 47-56 HRC; Grit size range G-40 to G-80; Angular shape.
Corn Cob
Corn cob is an organic, soft blasting grit that is safe for delicate parts and soft substrates. As the preferred blasting media for log homes and other wood surfaces, corn cob offers excellent cleaning and stripping properties without damage to the substrate. Hardness 4-4.5; Grit size range Extra Coarse to Extra Fine; Ground, Angular shape.
Walnut Shell
Walnut shell grit is used for applications that require aggressive stripping or cleaning without damage or effect on the underlying substrate. Organic and biodegradable, walnut shell is extremely durable, angular in shape but is considered a soft abrasive. Walnut shell sees utility in applications such as cleaning hard woods and aircraft and automotive stripping. Hardness 4.5-5; Grit size range Extra Coarse to Extra Fine; Angular shape.
Plastic Abrasive
Plastic abrasives are available in a variety of types that deliver quick stripping rates and consistent performance. This media is ideal for stripping coatings and paint from substrates, including aluminum and other delicate metals, composites and plastics. The relative softness of plastic abrasive media makes it ideal for automotive and aerospace blasting applications. Hardness 3-4; Grit size range 12-80; Soft, angular shape; Urea, Melamine, Acrylic compositions.
Ceramic Beads

ZirPro ceramic beads perform very efficiently in dry or wet pressure blasting systems and multi-turbine blasting equipment. ZirPro ceramic beads ensure excellent working conditions thanks to their low dust emission, round shape, smooth surface and high strength. Chemically inert, the ceramic beads do not contaminate the treated substrates. ZirPro ceramic beads are available in the following engineered ceramic microstructures:

  • Zirblast ceramic beads used for cleaning or preparing surfaces and for steel tool cleaning applications.
  • Microblast fine ceramic beads for smooth surface finishing of satin aspect.
  • Zirshot ceramic media provide unique stress profiles in shot peening and peen forming applications remaining very gentle to the substrate surfaces.
Also available: Aluminum shot, Stainless shot and Stainless Cut Wire  


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