There are many myths surrounding dry ice blasting that need to be cleared up so that you have all the proper information to make informed decisions about whether you need dry ice blast cleaning services.
Dry Ice Blasting Is Non-Abrasive
Although technically considered a non-abrasive cleaning system, dry ice blasting can be a bit aggressive. It all depends on the type of material that needs to be removed. The combination between the air pressure nozzle, ice feed rate, and operator technique all factor into how aggressive a dry ice blasting session will be. Therefore, it’s best to have the correct combinations between all of these parameters to ensure that the process does not harm any surfaces that are being cleaned.
Dry Ice Blasting Is A Dry Process
Although carbon dioxide is one of the only elements known that can easily go from liquid to solid to gas. However, the problems lie in how much moisture there is in the air at the time of the dry ice blasting. In fact, compressor systems that don’t have air drying capabilities are often the ones that produce compressed air that is then saturated with a ton of moisture. It’s important to note that using a refrigerant system, which will typically produce air around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, can create an excess of moisture in the air. On the other hand, desiccant drying systems have the capabilities of producing air that is negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit, causing a decrease in excess moisture. Yet, incorporating dry ice pellets into any air-stream will almost always cause any possible moisture in the air to condensate. As a result, moisture is instantly launched into the air making dry ice blasting not a completely dry process. Although not typically an issue with most dry ice blasting applications, it can sometimes come into play when cleaning certain types of materials.
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