ZirPro offers efficient and durable ceramic blasting media — Microblast®, Zirblast®, Zirglass® and Zirshot® — for surface treatment processes such as blast cleaning, surface preparation, surface finishing and shot peening.
Surface finishing by bead blasting is a productive and flexible process for texturizing surfaces. This treatment is used for aesthetical purposes or for other functions such as cleanability, tribology and corrosion resistance. Selecting the optimum blasting media is critical to obtain the desired texture pattern. Media selection also greatly influences the process consistency and its operating conditions.
Saint-Gobain ZirPro Microblast®, Zirblast® and Zirgrit® ceramic blasting media are the industrial references for cosmetic finishing in applications where an aesthetically appealing effect is desired. ZirPro offers a unique range of ceramic blasting media to achieve a wide variety of finishes on metallic surfaces such as stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, magnesium and copper-based alloys. ZirPro media are also suitable for surface finishing of precious metals, glass products, and even plastics and composite products.
Superior performance in cosmetic finishing
ZirPro surface finishing ceramic media lead to unequalled blasting results in terms of:
- Quality of smooth and satin surface finish
- Wide range of roughness, gloss and color
- No abrasion and low distortion of intricate shapes and fine geometries
- Process consistency for mass production and surface treatment of large areas
- Optimal compatibility with downstream processes (anodizing, coating)
SURFACE FINISHING: Uniform roughness with Microblast ceramic beads
Market-leading surface finishing technology
With tight control over particle size distribution, Microblast ceramic beads ensure an outstanding reproducibility of surface finish, for a uniform surface on the whole blasted area as well as consistency from piece to piece in mass production series.
Microblast’s fine sizes and specific spherical shapes allow for the production of aesthetical cosmetic finishes with the smoothest submicronic roughness for satin surfaces.
Thanks to their larger sizes, Zirblast ceramic beads are the media of choice for coarser surface textures. Zirgrit fine ceramic grits consistently provide a smooth, dark finish and low abrasion of the substrates.
ZirPro offers technical support to assist customers in optimizing their cosmetic finishing process and in developing ceramic media specifically designed for their application.