Sand Blasting Washers

Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:10 pm

During the restoration of Rex '48 I've done a fair bit of sand blasting washers. In the beginning I purchased from TP tools the little bucket w/handle for blasting small parts. It works well for heavier items but I was disappointed with it for washers as they blow around too easily.

Now I make a loop out of wire, load it up with washers, hook the ends together and blast away. The washers spin on the wire and they separate nicely in the airflow. 20-30 washers at a time works well.

I like it...You may too.

Re: Sand Blasting Washers

Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:54 pm

I don't do any sand blasting, but I clean up washers with the wire wheel on my bench grinder by putting them on a bolt of appropriate size and wheel away. They spin around and get cleaned up, inside and out. :D

Re: Sand Blasting Washers

Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:10 pm

Don McCombs wrote:I don't do any sand blasting, but I clean up washers with the wire wheel on my bench grinder by putting them on a bolt of appropriate size and wheel away. They spin around and get cleaned up, inside and out. :D


Don, great idea - I wish I had thought of that before I purchased the blaster. I did a lot of washers on the wire wheel with them in a vise-grip one at a time. Thanks for the idea.

Re: Sand Blasting Washers

Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:14 pm

i buy new ones unless its a specialized use.

Re: Sand Blasting Washers

Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:54 pm

I have seen a post about putting them in one of the screen basket type flour sifters. I use them for small parts in parts washer

Re: Sand Blasting Washers

Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:06 pm

I use a cullendar to wash small parts in my parts washer. I make sure that I don't return it to the kitchen. :lol: :lol:

Bill