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I mnaintain my cars out of my small garage but have always wanted to add a glass bead cabinet to my tool set. Harbor Freight and a lot of others are selling relatively inexpensive stand-up cabinets that claim they only require 5cfm of air volume at 90lbs of compressor pressure. I know that a 10cfm or more flow would be ideal but I don't have a compressor that size. My question is whether or not any of my brothers on this site have any comments/experience with the smaller 5cfm set-ups.
 

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I have a neighbor that restores old Harleys and has a bead blaster in his garage. I'll see him this weekend and find out about the cfm requirements on his unit. I think his also came from Harbor Freight. I know that's where he buys his bead material.

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Thanks Jayare, I look forward to hearing. In the meantime, anyone else have any experience with glass beading?
 

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Thanks Jayare, I look forward to hearing. In the meantime, anyone else have any experience with glass beading?
Try some other blast media , lizard litter from pet stores is walnut shell grit , plastic media can remove softer paint & primer leaving the zinc or Cad. plating (its pricey ) .

A custom bike frame builder says normal silica ( sand ) is better on steel as glass beads can ruin prep for chrome plating .

Seems you can buy 25 lb of glass beads at most suppliers . While it is the best for small part cleaning /rust removable . Two issues surface , on a floor its like ball bearings ,, easy to slip . You need to keep your air and cabinet dry ,,,, once its damp it wont go up the hose . The others I have listed "will"
 

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Be SURE you get yourself a good water separator...moisture in the 'sand' etc will gum up the works Quickly.. Also, having a strong vacuum/dust collector on the box will help quite a bit as it'll allow you to see what your doing..!

Jonathan
 

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Thanks jhodg5ck and uboater for the advice. Water separator sounds like its essential and I need to learn more about media for sure.
 

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tuttebenne, are you looking to use this for body work? or just to clean up small parts?
 
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