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#1 caseguy OFFLINE  

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 08:12 AM

Does anyone here charge for sandblasting? If so, what do you charge and how (i.e. by the hour, by the piece, by the square Ft.)?
How about if you've had someone do this for you. What did they charge?
I've had several people ask me about it and I have no idea what to charge.

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 08:29 AM

I believe my blaster guy charges $60 per hour. Problem is [for him] he has very good equipment and it doesn't take him long to get over a project. A lot of the time his estimates are double of what the actual bill comes to.
I haven't complained yet.
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Posted September 18, 2012 - 08:38 AM

I would think by the hour would be the best way to go with a minimum charge that way if it only takes 15 minutes you can still at least make it worth your while.

I forget what the one local guy charges anymore. I had checked in to it a long time ago but never actually took anything to him to get blasted.
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Posted September 18, 2012 - 08:42 AM

Charge plenty because you have environmental issues to deal with here. The lead based paint on old stuff is one of these issues. In this part of the country they have been after sand blasting operations. Many have gone to inside blasting and reclamation systems.

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 09:01 AM

Charge plenty because you have environmental issues to deal with here. The lead based paint on old stuff is one of these issues. In this part of the country they have been after sand blasting operations. Many have gone to inside blasting and reclamation systems.

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Kurtee is right.. you might want to look into the regulations around your area. Big fines for doing stuff like that wrong..
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Posted September 18, 2012 - 09:05 AM

I suppose you know what you are doing. I only went to one guy and he kind of messed up sheet metal.
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Posted September 18, 2012 - 09:43 AM

I suppose you know what you are doing. I only went to one guy and he kind of messed up sheet metal.


Oh yes, sheet metal will warp and distort with as sandblaster

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 10:01 AM

A local steel tank manufacturing shop here charges $90 an hour but the work they can get done in an hour is amazing due to the equipment they have on hand.
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Posted September 18, 2012 - 10:19 AM

The last one I used was around $50 per hour and I paid $110 to get all the sheet metal and nose of the panzer done.
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Posted September 18, 2012 - 10:31 AM

Oh yes, sheet metal will warp and distort with as sandblaster


Thank you. I am aware of the warping risk (been there done that LOL). There are ways to control and eliminate that by grounding the work and also by watching your air pressure.
I did a little research and found that 3M makes a kit that instantly tests for lead in paint. It's called "Lead/Check" and according to their website, it's available at most hardware / home improvement stores.
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Posted September 18, 2012 - 10:33 AM

I also want to thank the rest of you for your speedy input! You guys ROCK! If there are more suggestions, responses, or comments, please keep them coming!

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 10:53 AM

I spent a couple years locked in a box about the size of a two car garage running a sand blaster at Farmhand inc.
Wearing leather Bibs and a fiberglass helmet with air fed to it waundering around in a dusty haze..
If your going to do much blasting you can't charge too much!
Like any business, the secret to sucess is planning and research. Find out what the competetion is charging and don't under cut them much at all. Don't forget insurance and investigate the envoirnmental issues and restrictions.The common silica sand(bags) used in blasting will each have a warning "This product is known to cause Silicosis" That is a lung disease somewhat simular to black lung. Regulation too often prohibits an individual from making a few bucks on the side!

One funny story I can relate was when Grover(the plant manager) decided the sand cost too much. A salesman convinced him that using garnet chips would save a lot of money since it could be used over and over(That was true) but the sheet metal had a surface texture of a Rasp or sandbur and had to be polished with a sander eating up any cost savings+..
I also learned form this experience, that being good at something is not always a good thing. There are some jobs you should screw up, so they never let you do it again. :bounce:

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 11:56 AM

I charge $50/hr for blasting smaller stuff (my blaster isn't the biggest (100lb cap.)) and the bigger things I hire out. Most times it costs me $125-150/hr. Example, semi truck frames are usaully $225-300, but I've paid as much as $700 in a pinch (use a couple of different guys) which hurts the pocket book alittle.

Use to use silica sand, but quit using it due to the cost and more importantly the health risks. Been using Black Beauty sand ( avalible at Menards) which is spent coal ground up. Also if you have a foundry close by their used up casting sand works great too (cheap and sometimes free).

You can reuse the sand afew times over just depends what your blasting. Rusty scalely things I tend to go with fresh sand just because it cuts faster, but leaves a coarser profile than the used stuff.
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Posted September 18, 2012 - 02:39 PM

Can anyone tell me if the glass beads that the highway paint strippers use is the same stuff as the blasting beads???

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 03:04 PM

Can anyone tell me if the glass beads that the highway paint strippers use is the same stuff as the blasting beads???


A friend gave me some of the glass beads you mentioned, and I can see no difference between them and the glass beads sold as media for glass-beading.

I had a stamped-concrete sidewalk done many years ago. ...The mason applied a sealer with an expensive, "special" grit sold to him for making a non-slip finish. ....When he showed me what his expensive grit looked like, I walked into my garage and came back with a handful of glass beads for my blaster. .....Of course, they were the same, but he was shocked when I told him how little they cost me, compared to what his cost was from a masonry-supply house.
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