An Overview of the Applications of Plastic Blasting Media

Plasti-Grit® plastic blast media is made from 100% recycled materials. This eco-friendly abrasive is used in industrial cleaning and paint removal processes. Plastic media abrasives effuiently strip epoxies, powder coatings, primers, paints and coatings from steel, hard metals, brass, aluminum, plastics, composites and fiberglass.

Plasti-Grit® is manufactured in 5 grades of hardness (Urea, Melamine, Clear-Cut®, Acrylic and Polyester) in all standard sizes and meets MIL-P-85981.

Blasting with Plastic Media prevents damage to delicate substrates and is therefore an excellent alternative to hard abrasives as well as chemical stripping. Plastic abrasives can be reclaimed many times, offering excellent cost benefits.

Plastic Media Blasting Applications

Plastic media blasting for automotive restoration.

Figure 1. Plastic media blasting for automotive restoration.

Plastic media is commonly used to remove paint from cars, trucks, airplanes, boats, trains, helicopters, components and parts.

Using plastic media blasting to remove powder coatings from parts.

Figure 2. Using plastic media blasting to remove powder coatings from parts.

In contrast, PMB is an effective method for stripping all types of metals. It removes all or a part of a cured powder coating from the surface of a part without causing any damage. Figure 2 shows the PMB process used for removing powder coatings from components.

Aluminum missile airframe

Figure 3. Aluminum missile airframe

Plastic Blast Media for Aircraft

British Aerospace Hawk Jet airplane is carefully masked, and then its paint is blasted using plastic media in preparation for re-painting.

Plastic Blast Media competently strips paint from an extensive variety of substrates including steel, fiberglass, rubber, aluminum and composites. With carefully determined air pressure, media size and type, plastic abrasives offer cost and time advantages over other paint removal methods.

Composition Materials manufactures Plastic Abrasives for use in maintenance, restoration and blasting operations all over the world.

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Plastic Media WWII Airplane

Paint removal from rare Vampire Jet. The Vampire is made of wood, aluminum and canvas, making paint stripping an extremely delicate operation, and one perfectly suited for plastic media blasting.

Aviation Paint Removal and Aircraft Maintenance

Composition Materials Plasti-Grit® Plastic Blast Media is a preferred media for carefully removing paint from military and commercial jets and airplanes, and in aircraft maintenance operations throughout the world. Plastic Media Type V Acrylic is used on composite and aluminum aircraft skins, and also for blasting delicate parts. Plastic Media Type II Urea is used on tougher aluminum aircraft parts and landing gear. Type VI Clear-Cut is effective on composites and aluminum.

For more than 30 years, Composition Materials has manufactured Acrylic, Urea and Clear- Cut Plastic Blast Media capable of meeting the Military specification requirements for MIL-P-85891A, approved for use by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. A number of private and commercial jet companies request Mil-Spec grade Plasti-Grit Plastic Blast Media for aircraft maintenance and aviation paint stripping operations.

 

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