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Washington Mills Electro Minerals - Niagara Falls, NY

Original Press Release

Blasting and Surface Preparation Tips from Washington Mills

Press release date: Jul 31, 2017

The surface preparation process requires special attention to the impurities that can be present in blasting media. Iron (Fe) is typically found as a contaminant in blasting media and can wreak havoc on the surface being prepared. Fine impingements containing iron can lead to rust spots on the work piece and the potential failure of any coatings applied. To ensure blast media is properly manufactured with low iron content, Washington Mills uses a magnetic separation process during the production of most blasting media such as BLASTITE (brown aluminum oxide), DURALUM SPECIAL WHITE (white aluminum oxide) and CARBOREX (silicon carbide).

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About Washington Mills

Washington Mills started manufacturing abrasives in the U.S in 1868 and over 140 years later, we continue to manufacture high-quality abrasives and serve thousands of customers around the world. We carefully manufacture our blasting products to the highest quality standards in order to meet your toughest profiles.

Washington Mills Electro Minerals

1801 Buffalo Ave., P.O. Box 423

Niagara Falls, NY 14302

Phone: 716-278-6600


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