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Old 24 October 2006, 10:10   #1
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Sandblaster anyone?

I am desperatly trying to find someone/somewhere with a sandblasting box reasonably near Portsmouth.

It's for a uni project; we need use of it in a few weeks (before christmas) and then possibly more after. Obviously we would pay to use/hire etc it (although we are impoverished students so maybe payment could be of other means). HSS charge a small fortune so that is probably out of the question at the moment.

If anyone can help please send me a pm!

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Old 24 October 2006, 10:13   #2
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Obviously we would pay to use/hire etc it (although we are impoverished students so maybe payment could be of other means).

Thanks, Tim
Will any lady students be using it !!!
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Old 24 October 2006, 10:16   #3
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No Biggles just us manly students. By "other means" I meant we'd clean your boat or something.....

Of course if you wanted your boat cleaned by a load of lovely ladies I could probably make that happen, for the right sandblaster of course
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Hmmm... Interesting Timmers, wonder if they'd miss the one at work!

Doesnt your uni or faculty of have an engineering or design department? What are you trying to blast?
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We're going to be blasting glass. Our department doesn't have a sandblaster but another one does. Because communication and intergration is so great throughout this uni they (the other department) are going to charge us (the students) to use the facilities in their deparment. Becuase of this we're trying to find a cheaper way of doing it as it's a project we're being forced to do (don't you just love modern higher education).
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We're going to be blasting glass. Our department doesn't have a sandblaster but another one does. Because communication and intergration is so great throughout this uni they (the other department) are going to charge us (the students) to use the facilities in their deparment. Becuase of this we're trying to find a cheaper way of doing it as it's a project we're being forced to do (don't you just love modern higher education).

So one Government Educational Dept is going to charge another Government Educational Dept...... wow that makes sense
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Excercise caution Timmers, glass dust isnt nice. Had you thought of etching;using an acid? you can mask etching also. My Dad may know someone I'll phone him tonight. There's also different grades of blasting medium and methods of doing it i.e. in a liquid usually water or dry. Weirdest medium I heard of was prune stones.
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I remember doing something similar at school. The cabinet we had was totally enclosed (with glass top, heavy duty gloves going inside etc) so there was no risk of the dust getting out. We were able mask bits off as well. This is called a "sandblasting box/cabinet" isn't it?

Edit: yes it is. A photo for clarity:
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I take it you have access to a big compressor - sandblasting uses a lot of air.

I built my own from this kit

http://www.frost.co.uk/productList.a...stCat=Cleaning

You could sell it again afterwards get your money back - even make a small profit.

As to blasting medium use kiln dried sand - you can get the stuff in bigger Tesco stores - kids playtime sand or something it's called. Make sure you wear a mask - silicosis is not very nice.

Dry as possible is the trick for sandblasting.
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So one Government Educational Dept is going to charge another Government Educational Dept...... wow that makes sense
No - sicker than that - they're going to charge the students for facilities in the same establishment! How much wear and tear are they really going to cause? Perhaps it would be cheaper if they take their own sand.
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