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fitter1 03-16-2011 03:48 PM

wood sandblasting
I have a 32yr.old log cabin in Vt. made from 6x6 pine. I want to restore inside and outside and clear coat. Anyone here have any know how on this and know of any contractors in Vt. that can do this. I understand crushed walnut shells are used and is very messy.

oh'mike 03-16-2011 03:57 PM

Sandblasting - Contractor Talk - Professional Construction and Remodeling Forum

This is a site for sand blasters----you can look but not join---However,many have their websites linked so you can contact one of them through their site.

I have read some very educational posts there----If you have any questions I'll do what I can for you.

Mike--(I'm a member ,but not a sandblaster)

fitter1 03-16-2011 07:18 PM

Thanks Mike.

Maintenance 6 03-17-2011 06:50 AM

Dry ice blasting works well for wood, but is not a DIY project. Also seen it done with plastic beads. Walnut shells are still pretty hard and you'd need to be really careful not to destroy the surface. Walnut shells are often used for light sheet metal to prevent shot peening and stress relieving the surface.

HomeProductsLmt 03-17-2011 11:00 AM

What type of tools would you use for sandlbasting?

oh'mike 03-17-2011 02:16 PM

A giant tow behind compressor a hopper and a blasting gun---Thousands of dollars---not a DIY project.

Click on that link to see pictures.----Mike----

Maintenance 6 03-17-2011 04:02 PM

If I sandblast a car frame or somebody's wrought iron railing, I can make 8hp worth of compressors run non stop. And that's not what it would take to do an industrial type of job. Sandblasting isn't something you want to tackle without some good knowledge and the proper equipment. Once you erode away a piece of your house with the wrong technique or the wrong blast media, there ain't no puttin' it back. Most surfaces, except for heavy iron, are unforgiving when it comes to sandblasting.

Bud Cline 03-17-2011 04:07 PM

Why can't it be water blasted outside? That's a DIY method easy enough to do. You would raise a little fuzz in the wood grain but if it is rustic why would that matter.

There are also deck cleaning chemicals that can restore any raw wood back to its original color and appearance.:)

fitter1 03-17-2011 06:03 PM

The outside is now inside so water is not an option. I built a new camp over this one.Camp went from 20x20 to 28x38 and this is an after thought. I want to get this done before I finish the inside addition. I went with rough cut 6x6 posts and 2x8 wall with log siding to try and match what I have. BTW log cabins suck. They require a lot of maintenance.

Maintenance 6 03-18-2011 06:39 AM

Then I would look for somebody who does dry ice or plastic media blasting. The only other alternative is sanding or soft wire brushing.

Bud Cline 03-18-2011 05:17 PM

I really can't see any kind of "blasting" being a good idea now that I think about it.:)

Maintenance 6 03-19-2011 06:31 AM


Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 612133)
I really can't see any kind of "blasting" being a good idea now that I think about it.:)

It's done pretty often, but you need to be really careful with pressures, stand off distances, nozzle types and blast media, etc. You don't want some guy who only does bridges.

mark942 03-19-2011 06:46 AM

Media blasting is a great way to get that new look. I did my home a couple years back. The grain doesnt raise to much, and can be sanded down easily. You have to be careful not to harm the gaskets between the logs. A commercial grade hopper and compressor will be needed, also you will need a fresh air source as well. if you have never done this type of work before I would leave it to a pro. Try giving these guy`s a call Either way you go, Good Luck To You.

Bud Cline 03-19-2011 08:34 AM


Remember" If women do not find you handsome, They should at least find you handy"

Shouldn't you be giving credit to the true author for that quip?

Shouldn't it read:

Remember: "If women do not find you handsome, They should at least find you handy."
-Red Green

desiree_furman 04-01-2011 04:45 AM

Dry ice blasting is good for wood?

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