Sandblasting yourself - is that possible?

There is a wide range of uses for sandblasting - from vehicle rust removal to facade cleaning. Again and again, the question arises whether you can not sandblast yourself at home. Whether you can do it, what you need, and what to look for, you can read here in detail.

Application areas for home improvement

Sandblasting is mainly used for cleaning and removal. By the impact of different blasting agents on a surface unwanted substances are removed by the polishing effect of the surface.

If you want to stripping and rusting in a classic car renovation or vehicle repair, this is usually done by sandblasting.

Shining sheet metal parts in the car is usually not a mere handyman task - depending on the existing equipment and the sheet state, this also often takes a lot of patience. Also, the blasting of steel wheels for rust removal can be troublesome.

Today, special equipment is being used for façade renovation, which is difficult to do as a handyman.

Skilled craftsmen can also build a sandblasting booth themselves. In it, individual parts - such as sheets - can be blasted with less effort and more effectively. This is only rewarding if you actually have to carry out blasting work frequently, for example because you are renovating and processing several classic cars.


The following parts are essential for sandblasting:

  • Compressor (when blasting with sand and corundum at least 6 - 7 bar pressure, sufficient air flow)
  • Cup guns (available in the hardware store, the DIY version)
  • Abrasive (sand, corundum, blast furnace slag, glass beads)
  • Protection and fixation for the workpieces (to prevent the blasting material from flying through the area - there must also be a suitable seal)
  • Personal protective equipment

Much of it can also be bought on Ebay - but you must always pay attention to the quality and performance of the device. Not everything is suitable for every purpose. Anyone who wants to derust and strip metal sheets needs high-performance equipment and the appropriate blasting media.


Sandblasting needs expertise! Without sufficient expertise, health problems can also threaten. Above all, the use of quartz should be avoided, as this can threaten a high health risk.

Not every abrasive is suitable for any purpose. Some blasting agents can deform sheets when used improperly. Unattractive dents and bumps are the result. Even deep grooves on the sheet can occur.

In extreme cases, a sheet can also lose its tension due to improper sandblasting. It is then no longer usable as a body part and can no longer be installed.

Conversely, some blasting agents are again not abrasive enough to actually produce the desired removal. Lack can usually be removed with home remedies and DIY tool, rust not always.

So let yourself be advised by a professional, if you are not sure which abrasive is suitable, or which equipment you need. There you will also get valuable tips for the practice.

Cost use Bill

Specialist companies do the blasting quickly and perfectly and often for just a few hundred euros. Even with good guidance and with sufficient expertise, you need a lot of time as a handyman. In addition, you risk damaging the workpiece or blasting unclean.

After blasting, the bare metal must be primed as quickly as possible. In many specialist companies, the primer is already included in the price, and is applied perfectly.

Tips & Tricks

Get offers from specialist companies and think about whether buying an expensive device is actually worthwhile. Bear in mind that you will need a specialist for some work anyway.

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