What is Soda Blast Media?

Soda Blast Media

Soda Blast Media is sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) utilized in soda blasting, which is a type of sand (abrasive) blasting.  There are a number of grades mostly differentiated by granulation. Under most applications a granular grade of sodium bicarbonate is used for blasting, it is several times the size of regular baking soda.  The media is utilized for cleaning and stripping where a softer abrasive is required to prevent damage to the substrate or media needs be water soluble.  Some of the surface materials or contaminants typically removed effectively by the soda blast media are paint, powder coating, grease, carbon, asphalt, dirt, mold, graffiti, and odors.

Definition:  Sodium Bicarbonate

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Composition/Information on Ingredients

  • Chemical name: sodium hydrogen carbonate
  • Chemical formula: NaHCO3
  • Synonyms: sodium bicarbonate; bicarbonate of soda; sodium acid carbonate; carbonic acid; monosodium salt
  • CAS Number: 144-55-8
  • Concentration (% by weight): 100%

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Appearance: white crystalline powder or granules
  • Flammability: none
  • Upper/lower flammability/explosive limits: not applicable
  • Odor: none
  • Odor threshold: not applicable
  • Vapor pressure: not applicable
  • Vapor density: not applicable
  • pH of 0.1 M solution (0.84% w/v): 8.3 @ 25°C
  • Density: 2.2 g/cm^3
  • Melting Point: not applicable (thermal decomposition occurs on heating)
  • Solubility in water: 86 g/L @ 20°C
  • Boiling point: not applicable
  • Flash point: not applicable
  • Evaporation rate: not applicable
  • Partition coefficient, n-octanol/water: no data available
  • Auto-ignition temperature: not applicable
  • Decomposition temperature: starts to decompose when heated above 50°C (122°F)
  • Viscosity: not applicable