Industrial AiR Compressors for

Advanced Air and Vacuum offers a wide range of industrial air compressors that are perfect for sandblasting applications.  Whether you’re a professional sandblasting contractor or a hobbyist looking to tackle some DIY projects, our high-quality air compressors can provide the power and reliability you need to get the job done efficiently and effectively. Advanced Air and Vacuum should be your go-to source for top-quality industrial air compressors for all your sandblasting needs.

AAV’s Air Compressors for Sandblasting:

Air compressors are used for sandblasting because they can generate the high-pressure air flow required to propel abrasive materials like sand, glass beads, or aluminum oxide media at high velocity against a surface to remove coatings, rust, or other unwanted materials.

Sandblaster is sandblasting to steel material. Sand blasting is also known as abrasive blasting, which is a generic term for the process of smoothing, shaping and cleaning a hard surface by forcing.

Our industrial air compressors can be used for sandblasting in a wide range of applications, including:

Surface preparation for painting

Sandblasting is commonly used in industrial painting applications to remove old paint, rust, and other contaminants from metal surfaces before applying new coatings. Industrial air compressors are often used to power large sandblasting equipment for this purpose.

Cleaning and restoration of concrete surfaces

Sandblasting can be used to clean and restore concrete surfaces such as sidewalks, bridges, and parking garages. Industrial air compressors can provide the necessary air flow and pressure to propel abrasive media against the concrete surface to remove stains, dirt, and other surface contaminants.

Removal of graffiti

Sandblasting can be an effective method for removing graffiti from concrete, brick, or stone surfaces. Industrial air compressors can provide the high-pressure air flow needed to propel the abrasive media and effectively remove the graffiti.

Cleaning of metal parts and equipment

Sandblasting is a common method used to clean metal parts and equipment in industrial settings. Industrial air compressors can be used to power portable sandblasting equipment or large sandblasting booths, depending on the size and complexity of the job.

Manufacturing and Metal Fabrication

Sandblasting is often used in the manufacturing and metal fabrication industries to prepare metal surfaces for welding or other forms of joining. Industrial air compressors can provide the high-pressure air flow needed to remove rust, dirt, and other contaminants from metal surfaces prior to welding.

What Size Air Compressor do I need for Sandblasting?

It’s important to choose the right type of air compressor for sandblasting because the required air pressure and volume can vary depending on the size and complexity of the job.  But in general, a larger air compressor with higher air flow and pressure ratings is better for sandblasting.

Below we’ve provided some general guidelines for determining the size of air compressor you should use for sandblasting:

  • Air Flow: The air flow rate, measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM), is a critical factor in determining the size of the industrial air compressor needed for sandblasting. The CFM requirements for sandblasting will vary depending on the size of the sandblasting nozzle, and the desired blasting pressure. The size of the nozzle will determine the amount of air flow and pressure required to operate the sandblasting equipment. A larger nozzle will require a higher volume of air flow and pressure, which means you’ll need a larger air compressor to supply the necessary power. On the other hand, a smaller nozzle will require less air flow and pressure, which means a smaller air compressor may be sufficient. As a general rule of thumb, a sandblasting nozzle with a diameter of 1/8 inch will require at least 15 CFM of air flow.
  • Pressure: The air pressure needed for sandblasting is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). Most sandblasting equipment requires a minimum air pressure of 90 PSI to operate effectively, but some applications may require higher air pressure depending on the hardness of the surface being blasted.
  • Tank Size: The tank size of the industrial air compressor is also an important consideration when selecting an air compressor for sandblasting. A larger tank will provide more consistent air flow and allow the compressor to cycle less frequently, reducing wear and tear on the compressor motor.

For smaller sandblasting tasks, we recommend using an air compressor that can produce between 10 CFM and 20 CFM. For medium to large sandblasting tasks, we’d recommend a compressor that can operate anywhere between 20 CFM and 35 CFM. For sandblasting projects for heavy-duty industrial applications, you’ll need a larger air compressor with a higher CFM rating and a larger tank size; we recommend 50 CFM – 100+ CFM.


Need a little help deciding which size compressor is best for you? Feel free to contact us, we are more than happy to help you!