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What is glass blasting? Is it the same as log home sandblasting?
The process of propelling very fine 50/100 grit abrasive glass (recycled wine bottles) using high volumes of compressed air. This media is as fine as table salt, silica free and 100% environmentally friendly. It replaces the need to use toxic chemicals and naturally dissipates into the environment in the same way that sand is applied to grass for improved drainage.
Glass blasting slightly profiles the substrate surface of the wood, opening up the pores of the logs and wood which then allows stain to penetrate deep into the woods cell structure, providing the ultimate long term protection.
Sandblasting is an interchangeable term with glass blasting.
Does blasting damage the logs?
No. If done correctly, using the proper equipment, glass basting only slightly profiles the logs or wood.
Does blasting damage caulking or chinking?
No. If the caulking or chinking was applied correctly, glass blasting will not damage caulking or chinking
Log Home Sandblasting vs Sanding and Grinding?
Media blasting using ultra fine 50/100 crushed glass is the usually the best preperation method for all types of wood. The alternative is to sand or grind.
Blasting slightly profiles the substrate surface opening up the pores allowing the stain to penetrate deep into the cell structure, ultimately providing superior protection from harmful UV rays, rain and snow.
Sanding and or grinding is labour intensive, taking weeks to complete. It also leaves the substrate surface smooth as glass, closing the pores. The stain doesn’t penetrate deep enough to provide long lasting protection. The coatings on sanded wood become film coats. They are not penetrating like a blasted surface. Film coats will peel and de- laminate, making maintenance a frequent process.
Crushed glass blasting replaces the need to use toxic chemicals. It is also 100% silica-free and naturally dissipates into the environment in the same way that sand is applied to grass for improved drainage.
The two videos below talk about the differences and highlights why we use this proven method of blasting crushed glass instead of sanding or grinding.