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Glass Bead Blasting: the Hidden Danger

Because calcium deposits on pool tile are such a pervasive problem in our Arizona pools, pool industry professionals turned to a common industrial cleaning method: glass bead blasting.  However, this pool tile cleaning method was not designed for your pool tile.

Glass bead blasting was first used – and is still used today – as a substitute for sandblasting.  Why is glass bead blasting a suitable replacement for sandblasting?  Glass bead blasting easily strips paint from steel while allowing new paint to more easily bond with the underlying surface by creating thousands of tiny pits in the steel.  This process is called peening.  By creating thousands of small dimples, there is more surface area upon which paint can adhere.

If glass bead blasting intentionally dimples steel surfaces...

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