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Sandblasting can be one of the messiest jobs in a restoration project, but it is often indispensable and exceptionally effective. If you plan to do a sandblasting project at home, you can buy the equipment, or you can consider obtaining sandblasting rental equipment. The best sandblasting rental equipment will depend on the size and duration of the project, and your budget for rental. Think carefully about your project and plan out where you will do the blasting, when you will do it, and for how long you will be renting the equipment.
Regardless of the size of the job, some sandblasting rental equipment you will definitely need include a compressor, blasting nozzle or gun, and plenty of sand. For smaller projects, you may also need to rent a blast cabinet that will help you contain the spent sand. Larger blast cabinets are available, but for larger projects, you may want to consider building your own blasting cabinet and doing the project outdoors. Remember that the most important sandblasting rental equipment is safety equipment: a gas mask, eye goggles, and even a hood may be a wise investment for rental while sandblasting, as these will protect you from the sand that is propelled at high speeds.
The compressor tank you use will need to be high capacity to ensure it can propel the sand at a high enough speed that paint and rust can be removed. While there are no set guidelines for size, it is best to get a tank that is at least 60 gallons (227 liters) and a motor that is at least 7 horsepower. A larger tank will allow you to remove more materials and work longer; smaller tanks will need to recharge more frequently, and this can put excess strain on the sandblasting rental equipment.
Before renting, make sure you do a visual inspection of the equipment. Look for obvious signs of damage or clogging in hoses and nozzles. Any sand you buy or rent from the company should be dry and of an appropriate grit to do the job you need to do. Wet sand can lead to clogging in hoses and nozzles, which can in turn lead to damage to the sandblasting rental equipment. The equipment you rent should work in conjunction with the sand you are given. Be sure to take note of any contracts you sign and be sure you know what you are responsible for, especially if the equipment breaks during use.
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