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Vapor Honing

Vapor honing is one of the most advanced technologies you can use for finishing and cleaning surfaces.

It is a non-aggressive surfacing process that provides a high-quality finish even on delicate surfaces. It also can even remove dirt, contaminants, rust, corrosion, anodizing, and old paint while gently cleaning the surface leaving a nice satin finish.

Vapor honing is also known as vapor blasting, aqua blasting, wet blasting, slurry blasting, and dustless blasting.

As you can see from all these names, vapor honing is the “wet” version of dry blasting. 

Basically, this is a technology that involves the blasting of abrasive material blast mixed with pressurized water. This mix is called “slurry,” and is pressurized before you hit the surface you’re treating with the pressurized water and abrasive material mix.

When it’s used to clean a surface, the abrasive eliminates the materials you’re removing and the water washes them away. When it’s used to finish a surface, the abrasive smooths down the surface and the water softens it blow.

How It Works on the Micro Level

When the slurry mix hits the surface that you’re finishing, the abrasive materials in the mix create the scrubbing action that causes the surface to become more smooth. Then, the water clears away the abrasive materials. Additionally, because the abrasive materials attach to the water on a molecular level, you end up with a surface that’s even more smooth.

Vapor Honing Is Better Than Dry Blasting:

More Even Finishing

When you use a dry blasting machine to finish a surface, you’re hitting the surface at an angle. This means that you need to focus on specific areas of the surface with the pressurized air and abrasive material mix.

While this can be effective, it does risk the result of an uneven surface.

Because water spreads around when it hits the surface you’re finishing it hits the surface more evenly. As a result, you have more even finishing with vapor honing.

A Gentler Process

Because of the water present in the slurry mix, vapor honing is a more gentle process when you’re treating a surface. Whether you’re finishing or cleaning the surface, the water makes the impact more gentle.

Even though the abrasive materials are strong enough to get the job done, this gentle process makes it possible to preserve your surface better.

Vapor honing is one of the most modern technologies out there for finishing and cleaning surfaces. This was created as an alternative in the ’70s to the use of crystalline silica in sandblasting processes, which was causing irreversible lung diseases.

Since then, vapor honing has become popular in many industries, from construction to engineering.

In the past 20 years especially, wet blasting has become an alternative to dry blasting.