August 9, 2010 at 7:23 pm
There are a lot of people that want to get into sandblast etching (link) but don’t want to invest in large blaster equipment, so I decided to point out the different small sandblasters that you can use. These mini sandblasters are less cumbersome, cheaper and don’t require as big of an air compressor. Listed below are some of the available blasters in the marketplace with included links showing where you can get them.
- Paasche Air Eraser Kit- The Paasche air eraser usually costs around $70 – $110 for the kit, but you have to order the air compressor separately (as do all the others). It is recognized as a quality name brand for smaller sandblasters. Paasche also makes airbrushes for painting which will not work with sandblasting so be sure you pick the correct one. They look similar in appearance.
- Paasche Remote Air Eraser Etcher Kit- (After purchasing this, I strongly discourage anyone from buying this.) It has poor blasting power and the abrasive always lags behind. It is another brand made by Paasche with a larger container at a quart large and costs around $90 – $140.
- Larger Paasche LAC #3 Air Eraser- The third type that Paasche makes is a little bit larger in general. If you have slightly larger projects, you might want to check this one out too.
- Badger Mini Sandblaster Set- This is another different type by Badger and costs about $40- $60. It appears to be powered by aerosol cans, so you don’t need to buy an air compressor. I’m not sure if it has an attachment to connect it to an air compressor, but I am sure you can rig something up to fabricate it to work. It requires very fine grit of 220 and finer.
All these are sold through Amazon.com. You can visit the pages by clicking the above links. Please leave me a comment, any reviews of these (I haven’t tried all of these yet), and let me know if I missed any. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference and ask me any other questions.
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