Choosing Surface Prep Media with Confidence


When it comes to surface preparation projects, time is money. Don’t waste it on products that aren't right for the job. Here are a few tips for selecting the products that will perform best and most cost-effectively for any given project.

“First, be sure you’re working with a supplier that makes every effort to understand your needs,” says Russell Raad, president of Abrasives Inc. “Our staff has been in the customers’ shoes and understands the importance of an excellent outcome. We listen to what the demands of the job are, then we team up with the customer to find the right combination of equipment, blast media and coatings for the project.”

This might mean taking time to review the job specifications, discuss the media options and determine which will yield the best results. It might mean addressing environmental and containment issues that call for specific equipment, such as monitors, hoods, hoses, accessories or safety gear.

“For example,” says Raad, “if the project is in a heavy-use area and must meet stringent dust-control standards as well as tight time constraints, we may recommend our Black Magic coal slag, an especially hard abrasive that cleans fast and produces less dust than other slag.”

One of the company’s Midwest customers wrote, “We have used other products, but I get feedback from employees that they prefer working with Abrasives’ (coal slag) product. It cuts better, and it’s not as dusty.”


“A blaster’s health is of utmost importance, so always keep current with industry safety standards and updated equipment,” Raad said. “Black Magic not only meets but routinely exceeds industry safety standards.”


Remember that your salesperson can be a wealth of knowledge

“Abrasives Inc. has served the industry since 1990,” said Raad. “Our experienced sales team of blast media experts will take the time to get to know what customers want and assist them in trouble-shooting when needed.”

Black Magic is available in five grades and is CARB- and QPL-approved. Its particles are consistently sized, which ensures consistent profiles for durable coating adhesion.

The company has a wide network of critically located distributors and also offers online ordering. Customers can opt for delivery in 25-, 50- or 80-pound paper bags, jumbo cells or bulk.

For more information, visit abrasivesinc.com.

Black Magic® is a registered trademark of Abrasives, Inc. Claims or positions expressed by sponsoring authors do not necessarily reflect the views of TPC, PaintSquare or its editors.