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How do you sand blast empty wine bottles and what type of blaster do I need ? Answered


A small bench top sand blaster cabinet will help to conserve the blast media, I use garnet, its eco friendly and the dust is easy on my lungs, ie no silicosis lung disease from using beach sand.

Usually the bench top cabinet comes with a blasting gun, but you will need a compressor. If you're on a budget, Id get just the gun and a compressor, small compressor like a DIY 25L tank model means you will have to wait for the compressor to catch up, so go as big as is practical and affordable.

Link to pics http://www.adendorff.co.za/ProductDetails.aspx?id...

prices in South African Rands so divide by 10. :)

How many bottles, and how thorough a blast?

If it's just a few, and you just want a translucent surface, just sand it, maybe with a power sander.

I want to sand blast the whole bottle and lots of bottles.

You know, if budget is an issue, I'd still go with the sander.

If you make a jig* to hold the bottles, and then have at it with a power sander, you should get the results you need.

*Maybe line a length of guttering with scrap fabric and lay a row of bottles in it. Go up and down the gutter with the sander, turning the bottles as required.

I take it you want to sand blast a design into the surface?

Any sand blaster will do what you want. Just a matter of choosing an adequate grit of sand and regulating the air pressure so you don't destroy the bottle.

Any sand blaster will do. You can get them cheap. The part that costs a lot is the air compressor. You'll need a good sized compressor to keep things going since a sand blaster can drain it quick. You may find you have to stop after a couple of bottles and let the air tank refill.