Can anyone gimmie the lowdown on sandblasting a ak?
Yep, silicosis is similar to asbestosis in some ways and is not good. it is for the most part banned in industrial applications due to its dangers. But, like you said, it is an occupational related illness stemming from long term occupational exposure. My company does a good deal of blasting and industrial coating application, and we prohibit silica sand for this reason. We normally use Black Beauty which is good for our uses but it tends to leave a fairly aggressive anchor pattern so it really depends on what coating you plan to use.BadBrad said:I use some stuff from Menards it is a sandblast media silica free, about like black beauty media I think it was around $7.00 for a 40# bag....cuts great leaves a nice coarse finish.
Using regular sand is a bad idea...look up Silicosis...
Silicosis, also known as Potter's rot, is a form of occupational lung disease caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust.