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Crushed Glass Vapor Blasting: The Versatile Choice for Environmentally Friendly Cleaning

calander Apr 29 , 2023 user-icon Nash Painting

In our last article, we talked about how coal slag is an aggressive media choice to use in the vapor blasting process. Tough, sharp, and angular, the small chunks are perfect for stripping away even the most tenacious buildup of old paint, coatings, or corrosion.

But what about if you want to harness all the benefits of vapor blasting, but with a gentler touch? Crushed glass might just be your answer.

Versatile, eco-friendly, and efficient, this effective technique pairs the power of crushed glass media with the gentle touch of vapor blasting. It’s a match made in heaven for a wide variety of surfaces. Today, let’s explore all the benefits in more detail, plus discuss which surfaces/situations it's best suited for.

What Is Crushed Glass Vapor Blasting?

Backing up a bit, vapor blasting, also known as wet abrasive blasting, is a surface treatment process that combines water, abrasive media, and compressed air to create a powerful cleaning force. Crushed glass, made from 100% recycled glass, is used as the abrasive material in this case. It offers a great balance between aggressiveness and gentleness, making it ideal for cleaning a wide variety of surfaces without causing damage.

Also, we know that “crushed glass” can sound intimidating, more like a dropped drinking glass than a material to use for cleaning. The media itself is crushed to an extremely fine consistency, almost like powdered sugar. So don’t worry! It’s clean, safe, and totally renewable.

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Benefits of Using Crushed Glass When You Vapor Blast

Let's take a closer look at the benefits:

  1. Versatility: Crushed glass media is suitable for a wide range of surfaces, from delicate materials like fiberglass to tougher surfaces like concrete.

  2. Environmentally Friendly: Made from 100% recycled glass, crushed glass is an eco-friendly media option, reducing waste and contributing to a greener environment.

  3. Non-Toxic and Non-Hazardous: Crushed glass is chemically inert, which means it poses no risk to the environment or the operator during the vapor blasting process.

  4. Effective Surface Preparation: Crushed glass vapor blasting creates an ideal surface profile for painting or coating applications, promoting better adhesion and durability.

  5. Cost-Effective: Crushed glass is an affordable media option, making it an attractive choice for budget-conscious projects.

Ideal Surfaces for Crushed Glass Vapor Blasting

What kind of surfaces are ideal for this approach? Here’s a closer look:

  1. Wood: Gently clean and restore wood surfaces like decks, fences, and outdoor furniture without damaging the wood grain or causing splintering.

  2. Fiberglass: Safely remove dirt, algae, and oxidation from fiberglass surfaces like boats, RVs, and swimming pools.

  3. Metal: Effectively clean and prepare metal surfaces like railings, gates, and outdoor equipment by removing rust, paint, and other contaminants.

  4. Concrete and Masonry: Revitalize concrete driveways, walkways, patios, and brick or stone surfaces by eliminating built-up dirt, grime, and stains.

  5. Vehicles and Machinery: Safely remove paint, rust, and grime from cars, motorcycles, and other equipment without damaging the surface underneath.


Crushed glass vapor blasting offers a versatile and environmentally friendly solution for cleaning and restoring various surfaces. With its gentle yet effective cleaning action, this technique can help you achieve outstanding results while minimizing environmental impact.

Have more questions about our vapor blasting services in Nashville? Take a look, then be sure to contact us with any additional questions. We’d love to chat with you.