greets all. did some searching re: sandblasting stainless tubing for aesthetic reasons and haven't found a definitive answer.. was hoping someone with firsthand experience could shed some light.
i'm not interested so much in the actual finish left on the tubing.. so much as the *consistency* of the finish. dull, shiney, coarse, fine, etc.. not too important.. just want it to look uniform
keep in mind that i'd be buying an inexpensive sandblasting unit (probably less than $100) just to get this job done if the answer is yes. if the answer is yes, i wonder what i can expect from a cheapo unit.. lifetime garauntee isn't a factor here.
not sure what kind of media my local guy has.. but i bet it'll just be fine sand.
this is the same distorted stainless railing i posted about in the welding group. (its a winner on all counts)
i'm going nuts with flapdisks, scotchbrite pads, wirewheels, handsanding, abrasive paste -- the works.. the local finish is acceptable (shiny in fact), but when i step back and see the whole thing in the light.. well.. it looks splotchy. can't get all the grain going the same way i guess.