Soda Blasting vs. Sand Blasting

When it comes to blasting methods for large projects, the typical mediums of choice are sodium bicarbonite or sand. Although these aren't the only choices, they are by far the most popular.

Which one is better overall? Is soda blasting better than sandblasting? Is one more suitable for a specific project than the other?

The differences between soda blasting and sandblasting are broken down here and you can decide for yourself which is better for your specific projects or needs.

SODA Blasting Pros SAND Blasting Pros
  • Environmentally safe and 100% biodegradable. No additional clean-up required.
  • Non-abrasive properties makes this medium viable for virtually any surface.
  • Will not warp, damage or pit surfaces if applied properly.
  • Does not create excessive heat from impact on the surface being treated.
  • Can be utilized on multiple surfaces attached to one item (i.e. cars, boats, etc.).
  • Highly effective for mold remediation as it cleans and deodorizes.
  • Safe to use on wood, plastics, carbon fiber and similarly soft materials.
  • Removes, neutralizes and prevents surface rust.
  • Abrasive properties makes this medium good for etching glass and removing thicker layers of debris / paint more quickly than soda blasting.
  • Highly effective at removing large amounts of rust.
  • Best utilized for industrial equipment that can handle this medium's abrasive nature and high impact.
SODA Blasting Cons SAND Blasting Cons
  • May leave a subtle white film on the surface being treated.
  • May not be suitable to utilize before applying certain types of automotive refinishing methods.
  • Creates excessive heat from impact which may warp / deform the surface being treated.
  • Will damage or pit surfaces due to high abrasion and will cause imperfections to be visible on substrate surfaces.
  • Not recommended for wood, aluminum, plastics, carbon or similarly soft substrates.
  • Not recommended for mold remediation.
  • Will not sanitize substrate surfaces.
  • After blasting, substrate surfaces must be treated with an additional product to remove excess moisture to prevent surface rust from returning.

Final Analysis of Soda Blasting vs. Sandblasting

Just based on the numbers of pros vs. cons above we can see that soda blasting is generally a better option for most projects.

As is with the case with anything of comparison, you will have parties arguing the benefits and applicability on both sides of the table. It is our belief, however, that even with the arguments available, soda blasting is more versatile and cost-effective than sandblasting for the majority of projects.

In the hands of skilled professionals, such as B&B Stripping, your project can be quickly, easily and effectively treated with soda blasting.

If you believe soda blasting is the right choice for your project then
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