Dry Ice Blasting vs. Sandblasting

There are many different forms of media blasting to remove tough materials from a surface. One of the most common methods is sandblasting. Sandblasting is an abrasive blasting process that uses silica sand to remove materials from surfaces.

Comparing Dry Ice Blasting and Sandblasting

When comparing dry ice blasting vs. sandblasting, various things should be considered, including:


  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Toxicity & Secondary Waste
  • Electrical Conductivity

Often, when comparing dry ice blasting vs. sandblasting, dry ice can be the better method to use. Dry ice blasting uses dry ice pellets or MicroParticles, consisting of recycled carbon dioxide, that sublimate upon impact. This process offers many benefits compared to sandblasting.


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Advantages of Dry Ice Blasting

Dry ice blasting offers various benefits compared to sandblasting, the most important being that dry ice blasting is non-abrasive. This means that the surface will not be damaged during material removal when using dry ice. Sandblasting can be a very abrasive method and will damage the surface while removing materials. Sandblasting is not an ideal solution for electronic applications. Neither dry ice blasting or sandblasting is electrically conductive.

Dry ice blasting is a non-toxic solution to removing harsh materials from surfaces. Dry ice is a food-grade media that is EPA, FDA, and USDA certified. Sandblasting can become a toxic hazard waste when it is used to remove harmful chemicals or materials.

Dry ice blasting does not cause any secondary waste because the dry ice sublimates upon impact. This quickens both the cleaning time and the clean-up time. Sandblasting creates a lot of secondary waste when used, which can cause delays and be more expensive.

Dry ice is the most environmentally sustainable blasting option. We use recycled carbon dioxide that is collected from other industrial processes to ensure that we are not putting more carbon dioxide into the air. Sandblasting can be biodegradable, but it can also be harmful to the surrounding environment.


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Why Cold Jet

At Cold Jet, we have more than three decades of experience in dry ice blasting, and we are the industry leader. We offer various benefits, including:


  • Technologically AdvancedWe have an internal R&D department that develops the most innovative dry ice technology
  • Customer Service CapabilitiesWe offer worldwide 24/7 service options. We have office locations across the globe, giving us the ability to assist at any moment
  • Environmentally SustainableOur focus is to provide high-quality machinery that is safe and does not compromise the surrounding environment
  • IoT CapabilitiesWe are the only company to offer Industry 4.0 capability on dry ice blasting units

At Cold Jet, we are the OEM. This gives us the competitive edge to assist you in removing and cleaning various materials from surfaces. We also offer the option to rent or buy our products, or you can buy a used product. Visit our page, How to Buy, to learn more.

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