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Why Clean Glass?

Our Clean Glass (recycled glass) abrasive is the new standard for many applications that previously involved many slag abrasives. There are a few reasons for the recent popularity of recycled glass abrasives over slags. It has been well published that coal slag contains beryllium and other heavy metals. With awareness being brought to the public, many companies are making the switch to recycled glass.

Embedment is also a major concern when using slag products. We have personal experience with coal slag being used on the blasting equipment we manufacture. We rent assembly line time a couple of times a year, when we need a production run of vessels. Prior to shipping the vessels to us, the plant was blasting our vessels with coal slag and then priming them. After arriving to powder coat, the vessels would be brushed blasted with glass and coated. The embedment of the coal slag was providing a horrible finish for the powder coating. It looked like weld spatter and was ruining the final product. We initially re-blasted the surface with glass to remove all of the coal slag particles, finally requested our vessels leave the plant with no blasting at all. It was much easier to deal with the surface rust rather than the coal slag embedment.
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Clean Glass

Clean Glass recycled blasting abrasive is manufactured from 100% post-consumer, recycled bottle glass. This Clean Glass delivers superior performance relative to mineral/slag abrasives. Clean Glass has no free silica, is non-toxic and inert and contains no heavy metals typically found in coal and copper slags. All of our feed-stock material is sent through a state-of-the-art clean glass plant, to remove any contamination and unwanted particles. This is followed by multiple magnets, screens and burners to provide a superior "Clean Glass" product for final sizing. Clean Glass recycled Glass produces no embedment, which produces a whiter, cleaner finish.
A continuous screening process is used to create the various grades of Clean Glass. This continuous process allows for the on-site screening operation to maintain quality control and consistency of the various grades of media. Screens are checked on a regular basis and restored to original specifications immediately. The 100,000 square foot facility provides plenty of room for clean, dry storage of the product prior to shipping.

Blasting With Clean Glass

The angular particles of recycled glass allow for aggressive surface profiling and the removal of coatings such as epoxy, paint, alkyds, polyurea, coal tar and elastomers. Clean Glass has less bulk density than many slags, allowing for decreased consumption and increased production time - up to 30% less glass grit used. Clean Glass has a hardness of 6.5 on the Moh's Hardness Scale.

Clean Glass & The Environment

Considering Clean Glass is manufactured from recycled bottle glass, it contains no free silica which is commonly found in blasting sand. The use of post-consumer glass directly benefits the environment by diverting waste from landfills. Clean Glass is free of heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, asbestos, beryllium, titanium. These are all typically found in coal and copper slags.

Our Clean Glass Abrasives Come In (4) Sizes:

12/20 Coarse -- Best suited for heavy repair and maintenance blasting. Use for use with heavy coating and heavy rust removal is required. 3.0-4.0 mil profile. Bridges, ships and water towers.
20/40 Medium -- Best suited for light industrial applications where a reduced profile is required. 2.0-3.0 mil profile. Trailers, heavy fabrication, concrete prep.
40/70 Fine -- Best suited for lighter metal work and sheet metal. Perfect for log home restoration and fiberglass. 1.5- 2.0 mil profile
70- Extra fine. Best suited for cleaning brick, graffiti and other cleaning projects. .5-1.0 mile profile.


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