What Are the Differences Between Shot Blasting and Sandblasting?

Smoothing down a rough surface, whether it’s to remove peeling paint or clean a commercial building, can often prove a difficult proposition. Often doing this job properly can require the use of intense abrasive blasting techniques. Here at Keljay Shot Blasting & Refurbishment, we are specialists in performing such blasting techniques for the benefit of our customers across the Derbyshire area.

The two main types of abrasive blasting techniques we perform here at Keljay are sandblasting and shot blasting. While quite similar techniques, these approaches to smoothing a surface do have their distinct differences. For those who are wondering, here are the differences between the two.


Sandblasting is defined by aggressively smoothing down a rough surface with the use of a strong diesel-propelled stream of sand. This technique has been used since the 1800s for a large variety of purposes by numerous industries such as construction – where there is a need to remove paint quickly and easily – or local council maintenance in cleaning concrete pavements.

The impact of sand blasting services can be altered by varying the type of sand, such as fine-grained silica sand or sturdy steel grit, which can be decided on a job-to-job basis. As sandblasting services can be dangerous to the health of the person who is operating the machine, seeking a professional engineer to perform the job is vital.

Shot blasting

Shot blasting is the process of propelling steel shot via compressed air to remove paint, rust or other surface imperfections from most metal structures. This restores metalwork as close to its original condition as possible, increasing its lifespan and aesthetic appeal.

While shot blasting is useful for construction and refurbishment, like sand blasting, shot blasting’s focus on treating metal makes it most suitable for industries regularly using metal structures. Examples of industries in which shot blasting is regularly used include: oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, and rail, along with domestic applications, such as garden furniture.

As shot blasting can be a dangerous technique, precision is a key consideration. That’s why, similarly to sand blasting, shot blasting is best performed by a trained professional. Most shot blasting services will also use a dust filtration system to reduce the risk of inhaling dust created by the procedure, in-keeping with EU regulations.

Contact us!

Here at Keljay, our professionally trained engineers are adept at performing both shot blasting and sand blasting services using state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. We pride ourselves on our unparalleled standards of customer service and we are always happy to adapt to our customers on a bespoke basis to provide exemplary services for your personal or commercial needs.

If you would like more information regarding our sandblasting or shot blasting services, or if you would like to discuss how we can adapt our services to your individual requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Keljay today. We would be delighted to work with you to provide you with the best possible service.


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Keljay Shot Blasting & Refurbishments Ltd
Salcombe Road,
Meadow Lane Industrial Estate,
DE55 7RG


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