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Choosing the right abrasive media

It is important to know the differences in blasting media, since different abrasive blasting media are required for different applications. Blasting media can be used for purposes such as cleaning, stripping, etching, strengthening and polishing. In addition to the media type, grit or mesh size is another factor to consider for your application. The final choice of media depends on the nature of the work required and on the blasting equipment that is employed. Kelso Blasting & Restoration has the knowledge and expertise to advise you on the best abrasive media solution for your removal requirements. No matter what the application, Kelso Blasting & Restoration strives to use environmentally friendly abrasive blasting products.

Soda blasting applications include maintaining and preparing surfaces for paint or coating. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), when blended with compressed air, literally blasts away surface materials without damaging the substrate. Often called soda blasting, abrasive blasting provides excellent results for decontamination and removal of certain types of mould and bacteria. Soda is an absolutely benign product. This is especially important in the pharmaceutical and food processing industries.

We provide abrasive blasting with a wide spectrum of media including those listed below. Kelso Blasting & Restoration will get your project done right the first time. With offices in Milton and Ottawa, we are happy to service not only the Greater Toronto area and eastern Ontario, but also the entire of Ontario and beyond. Give us a call today.

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sodium bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate

Granular sodium bicarbonate comes in a variety of formulations for different soda blasting applications. Each formulation consists of sodium bicarbonate particles, uniform in size, that exhibit the flow characteristics needed for productive soda blasting. It is an environmentally friendly, water soluble material that can remove contaminants and coatings efficiently without damaging delicate substrates.

calcium carbonate

Calcium carbonate

Calcium carbonate (crushed limestone) has rounded granuals and a compatible chemical structure, making it ideal for granite, marble, masonry and limestone-based restoration work. It is mostly used for cleaning stone, especially delicate old brick on monumental works defaced by soot, black crusts, carbonizations in general, air-borne particles and saline efflorescence.

glass beads

Glass beads

Glass beads are used for general cleaning, peening and cosmetic finishing of sensitive metal surfaces; removing automotive paint; brightening grout and removing fungus and calcium deposits from tile; polishing cast iron, stainless steel, aluminum, propellers and turbine blades. Its round shape gently cleans metal parts, leaving a smooth, polished or matte finish. Glass has a low dust level.

crushed glass

Crushed glass

100% recycled bottle glass provides a non-hazardous silica free media that is approved for use by federal and state agencies. This cost effective media is ideal for removing typical coatings and other surface preparation. Depending on the formula, it can be used for anything from "light" sandblasting or aluminum, to paint and rust removal on log homes or pools, to a heavy duty sandblasting job. Glass has a low dust level.



Garnet is a gemstone that is a dual purpose media that works great for surface prep and rust removal. This hard abrasive can be used multiple times before losing its effectiveness and when used at a low pressure is nearly dustless. Garnet is fast-cutting and excellent for removing tough coatings, paint, rust and mill scale from steel. Garnet also permits precise feathering control. A good general outdoor surface preparation abrasive.



Walnut Shell is an organic abrasive commonly used to polish and clean soft metals, fiberglass, wood, and stone. Specific applications include fire & smoke remediation, graffiti removal, brick restoration, automotive restoration and specialty petrochemical or offshore applications where a minimal sparking, non-ferrous abrasive is required. Walnut Shell will clean metal parts without etching or pitting the surface.

Abrasive Blasting Services for the following areas

Restoring what matters with eco-friendly blasting for over 25 years

Automobile Restoration

Abrasive blasting can easily strip paint and rust from automobiles, producing professional results for refinishing

Fire and Mold Restoration

Our team removes structural fire damage, soot and smoke stains, and mold remediation, to fully restore your property

Food Equipment

Baking soda itself is a food item, which makes it the perfect environmentally friendly solution to clean equipment

Graffiti Removal

Depending on your perspective, graffiti can either be art or an eyesore. For most, it is definitely an eyesore

Industrial Parts

Whether ceramic, steel shot peening, aluminum oxide or sand blasting methods, you get great results with abrasive blasting

Pavement Line Removal

Baking soda is a non hazardous food grade material that is 100% water soluble and environmentally safe to use on pavement

Petrochemical Plants

Abrasive blasting removes surface contaminants such as rust, paint, and other chemicals and Kelso is a leading specialist

Printing Anilox

Abrasive blasting cleans deep into anilox cells, removing dry ink without any damage to delicate cell walls

Swimming Pools

Before you repaint a cement swimming pool, you need to remove all traces of old paint with abrasive blasting

Water Treatment Plants

It takes a facility dedicated to keeping itself as corrosion and grime-free as the water it sends out with abrasive blasting