How Much Does Dustless Blasting Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

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Dustless blasting is a type of sandblasting which, as the name implies, is a clean and efficient form of blasting any surface without the dust.

A dustless blaster will work by mixing water and abrasive inside of a blast tank.  When the water is introduced, it increases the energy and mass inside the machine, while eliminating the dust, allowing the “blast” to hit the target harder.

How much does ductless blasting cost?

To hire a professional to perform the job, plan on spending anywhere from $75 to $225+ per hour.  This price will depend on the material, the type of surface, length of the job, local labor rates and the contractor you’re hiring.  Since all jobs can be so unique, we highly recommend you check out HomeAdvisor.com to receive as many free quotes as possible.

On this JalopyJournal.com forum thread, for example, a forum member said you should be prepared to spend $300 per hour to dustless blast a car.

Renting a dustless blaster will usually cost anywhere from $100 to $200 per day depending on the rental company, the day of the week and the duration of the rental.

As for those who are interested in purchasing a unit, our table below will show the ballpark estimate for specific models we received from some dealers:

ModelDescriptionAverage Price
DB150Highly popular with smaller shops or hobbyist. It's able to replace grinders and sanders.

- 1 Cubic Foot Capacity
-15 Minute blast time per fill
- Tank Dimensions: 42"h x 23"w x 21" d
- Weight - 158 pounds
- Operating Pressure: 30-150 PSI
- ASME / PED / CE Certified
$7,500
DB225Holds up to 10 gallons of water and 100 pounds of abrasive, allowing up to 30 minutes of blast time. Runs with a 185 cfm air compressor and is ideal for a business with one to four hours of blasting per week.

- 2 Cubic Foot Capacity
- 30 Minute blast time per fill
- Tank Dimensions: 55"h x 26"w x 34" d
- Weight - 263 pounds
- Operating Pressure: 30-150 PSI
$9,600
DB500The in between for commercial businesses. It can hold up to 20 gallons of water and 200 pounds of abrasive, allowing 60 minutes of continuous blast time.

- 5 Cubic Foot Capacity
- 60 Minute blast time per fill
- Tank Dimensions: 55"h x 36"w x 40" d
- Weight - 368 pounds
- Operating Pressure: 30-150 PSI
$13,300
DB800Best choice for a commercial setup, holding up to 30 gallons of water and 300 pounds of abrasive. Allows up to 90 minutes of continuous blast time.

- 8 Cubic Foot Capacity
- 90 Minute blast time per fill
- Tank Dimensions: 64"h x 36"w x 40" d
- Weight - 427 pounds
- Operating Pressure: 30-150 PSI
$17,000
DB1500A choice for industrial projects, holding up to 30 gallons of water and 300 pounds of abrasive. It can allow up to 90 minutes of continuous blast time.

- 15 Cubic Foot Capacity
- 120 Minute blast time per fill
- Tank Dimensions: 78"h x 49"w x 49" d
- Weight - 838 pounds
- Operating Pressure: 30-150 PSI
$25,000
DB3000Perfect for everything ranging from a small job to an industrial-sized job. It can hold up to 30 gallons of water and 300 pounds of abrasive, allowing for 90 minutes of use.

- 30 Cubic Foot Capacity
- 4 to 6 Hour blast time per fill
- Tank Dimensions: 98"h x 49"w x 49" d
- Weight - 1200 pounds
- Operating Pressure: 30-150 PSI
$34,000

NOTE: These are just “estimates” and will all depend on the dealer you’re working with.  Your results will vary.

What are the extra costs?

The machine, as mentioned, will use a mix of water and recycle bottle glass abrasive and/or a rust inhibitor.  The recycled bottle glass abrasive retails for about $10 per 50-pound bag and the rust inhibitor retails for about $250 per five-gallon bucket or about $40 per gallon inside of a 55-gallon drum.  Remember, since the rust inhibitor will be mixed with water, five gallons will treat 500 gallons of water.  To strip a car in two hours, you will probably need to prepare to use four to six bags.

Tips to know

All machines, when purchased new, will come with either a 50 or 100-foot blast hose, a deadman activator valve, tungsten carbide nozzle, fill funnel with a screen and a lifetime warranty on the blast pot.  The industrial sized units will often come with the 100-foot hose instead of a 50 foot.

Dustless blasting is 100 percent eco-friendly since the machine can be used without the use of chemicals.

How can I save money?

Financing is available via many dealers for as little as $185 to $325 per month, depending on the model you’re looking to purchase.

A used compressor can often be found on Craigslist or even eBay for a fraction of the costs mentioned above.  It doesn’t hurt to check out these listings to hopefully find a slightly used unit.


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