Telephone: 01843 297 110



For all your media blasting needs!

Shot Blasting

Sand Blasting

Vapour Blasting

Soda Blasting

Bead Blasting

Aluminium oxide

Steel shot

Glass bead

Silicon Carbide

Walnut shell

Plastic Beads

Just some examples our our blast media.


We offer a 24hr pick-up

and delivery service for

weights up to 35kg.


Our aim

Margate Media Blasting Services based in Kent, strive to give the best service to their clients. As a result we continue to invested in the latest equipment and technology to ensure we can offer the best sand-blasting service using the highest technology at a competitive and affordable price. Our latest acquisition is the purchase of a Vixen media blasting machine. This gives us the ability to blast small parts in a cabinet thus eliminating the need to take over a whole blast room making running costs much lower. With this product we can media blast with a wide variety of media on a multitude of substrates to remove old paint, staining, oil and oxidation caused by the ravages of time.


Since the installation of our first media blast cabinet (we now have 4) we have also been approached by individuals who have asked us to media blast parts for their motor bike renovations and also parts for classic car renovations. We have been happy to do this and the results have been exceptional. Due to this demand we have decided to offer this service to those involved in bike and car renovation and not only can we media blast your parts making them look as good as new with a perfect finish to prime and paint but we can courier the parts to and from your home or workshop for as little as £5.


Unlike other facilities offering sand and media blasting we can choose from over 12 different media to suit your individual requirements. Different substrates (surface of your parts) require different media to achieve your desired results.

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The importance of surface preparation

The main reason to include a media blasting routine as part of your surface preparation is that leaving it out can prevent the finish from taking hold. Whether you’re painting or adding any other type of finish to an object, it won’t look right unless you prep the surface properly.

When a coating (paint or powder) doesn’t adhere to the substrate, the coating will either not adhere properly and in most cases fail prematurely, requiring unnecessary rework. Beginning with a properly prepared surface prep finish will improve the appearance and functionality of your components.


Sandblasting and abrasive blasting are both terms that refer to the process overall. Prior to the severe safety and health restrictions put on Silica Sand, the term sand blasting was commonly used. Abrasive Blasting is a more general term, and aptly more appropriate because there are a variety of abrasives that may be used in an abrasive blasting process. Each abrasive possesses its own characteristics, and ultimate results. Choosing the appropriate abrasive will produce the results you desire. Allow us to assist in the proper media selection and recommendations to best suit your application and job.

A wide variety of blast media is available. Some of the more common abrasive media include: Starblast, Glass Beads, Aluminium Oxide, Silicon Carbide, Plastic Abrasives, Aluminium and Steel Shot and Grit, as well as naturally occurring abrasives like Corn Cob and crushed Walnut Shells. Each comes in a range of mesh or grit sizes to produce the desired finish and result.

There are also varying blast methods available depending on your exact requirements.

Additive manufacturing post processing

Together with the media blasting services we offer to clients with metallic components we have also developed an expertise in the post processing of additive manufactured parts commonly termed 3D prints. We have been media blasting 3D prints both for our own pattern making services and for customers for over 2 years now and the results are very pleasing.


Media Blasting as a Post Processing Additive Manufacturing option.

Our media blasting and surface finishing equipment is capable of delivering virtually any type of surface finish required by today’s 3D print or Additive Manufacturer. Our comprehensive selection of media as seen in our media listing gives us many capabilities, from smoothing over (blending) product striation lines, to removing any excess or loosely adhered ceramic or metal particles from laser sintered titanium parts and providing a more paint or coating receptive surface on FDM plastic prototypes by removing the smooth shine and replacing it with a finely controlled textured surface that improves subsequent adhesion on the 3D printed prototypes.

We have worked with all the commonly used filaments in 3d printing including PLA, ABS and Nylon giving very smooth finish in each case and removing print lines that were previously very apparent.



Margate Media Blasting Services, is a family run specialist media blasting (also known as shot-blasting, bead-blasting, sand-blasting, vapour blasting and soda-blasting) facility that specialises in blast cleaning machine parts and associated frame and body-work parts from mechanical and engineering projects. We are based in Margate, Kent from where we have our office and workshops. We use media blasting technology to produce superior surface finishes on a variety of substrates including ferrous and non-ferrous metals, GRP, plastics and even wood. Our clients come from wide and diverse backgrounds including those in car and motorbike restoration and those with aviation and maritime projects where rust removal or complex surface cleaning is required.

We have dealt with many projects since we started in 2003 and our client base includes the home hobbyist, engineering facilities, additive manufacturing facilities, auto-motive and motorcycle builders, boat builders and even antique furniture restorers. In all cases we like to work closely with the client to ensure the most satisfactory surface finish achievable given the condition of the substrate and the surface coverings that will be applied.



Surface preparation

Our media blasting services in Margate, Kent have been used in many renovation projects including those of motorcycles, cars, live steam locomotives, traction engines and boats. Our customers come from all walks of life and disciplines. We have regular work from motorbike re-builds as well as car, antique and steam locomotive renovations. If you are unsure if we can help just give us a call.
The fundamental process before any surface finish is applied is substrate preparation. Whether this surface is metallic, plastic, GRP, wood or a non-ferrous metal, without a surface that is free from oxidative corrosion, contamination and dirt the costly surface coverings will not last long. One of the industries most favoured surface preparations of substrates that have a surface oxidation and contamination from previous coatings on them is media blasting.

Types of blasting media

Choosing the appropriate abrasive will produce the results you desire. Allow us to assist you in the proper media selection and recommend to best suit your application and job.
A wide variety of blast media is available to us. Some of the more common abrasive media includes: Starblast, Glass Beads, Aluminium Oxide, Silicon Carbide, Plastic Abrasives, Aluminium and Steel Shot and Grit, as well as naturally occurring abrasives like Corn Cob and crushed Walnut Shells.
Care of your parts
We are engineers and fabricators by training. We understand the value of your parts and treat everything we receive into the workshop with care and due diligence. We understand the behavior of materials during the media blasting process and do everything we can to ensure your parts are returned to you with the best prepared surface finish possible. We try where possible to turn around all media blasting jobs within 48 hours meaning your projects are not delayed. We also have a 24-hour courier that can pick up your parts and return them to you when finished.




I have used MMBS since my first motorcycle restoration project in 1986. I have needed many items media blasted over the years from body-work panels, frames, engines etc. In all cases the staff at MMBS have been helpful, knowledgeable and most importantly produce great work on time! I will continue to trust Dave and his team! Dan, London.

Dave and his staff at MMBS have always been very helpful and in all cases delivered me a fantastic job at a good price. My car re-builds have been made quicker and to a high quality as a result. Steve, Manchester.

I am always impressed how MMBS have such a highly detailed knowledge of what media to suit what application. MMBS cleaned decades of paint off parts of my GRP speed boat. The surface finish left on the GRP took the new paint exceptionally well. Dave and his guys take sand-blasting to another level. Peter, Ramsgate.

I never knew there was so much to sand-blasting. MMBS have made this into a art-form! They have completed many car parts for me to a great standard. Simon, Enfield.

Incorrectly I often refer to what MMBS offer incorrectly as sand blasting! David corrects me on this as there are so many more media to use in surface preparation. I now pass all my media blasting preparation to MMBS as a small workshop its cheaper to send this to MMBS than to try and replicate their excellent work. John, Nottingham.



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Virgin brown fused aluminum oxide is crushed and sized from certified crude bauxite. We use ALOX which is a tough and durable abrasive blasting media that can be recycled several times. With its chemical properties and aggressive characteristics it has the ability to provide a deep anchor pattern or etch in applications when surface preparation is critical, such as surface profiling for subsequent protective coatings.


We offer aluminum oxide blasting abrasive in standard grit sizes, or specially sized mixtures of grain sizes to meet just about any surface preparation and finishing requirement including:

16, 20, 24, 30, 36, 46, 54, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, & 240 grit.



Chemours™ Starblast™ blasting abrasives are a loose blend range of consistently sized coarse and finer Staurolite sands with clean, rounded surfaces. Chemours mines this superior blasting abrasive from mineral deposits and then washes it to ensure freedom from dirt, dust and ultrafines.

Starblast™ is a general purpose blasting abrasive commonly found in operations such as steel fabrication, bridge maintenance, pre-finish painting/coating applications for the removal of mill scale, rust and failing coatings from steel structures and components. Power companies also use Starblast™ in maintenance operations to minimize the presence of dust that could cause harm to essential equipment. Additionally, Starblast™ is the abrasive of choice for the cleaning of equipment used in hydraulic applications.

Starblast™ XL is less than 1% free crystalline silica thereby meeting some of the most stringent industry and military specifications.



While many types of abrasive media are made using “softer” materials such as plastic, glass beads and even organic materials such as corn cobs and walnut shells, certain blasting processes call for more rugged, durable media that can handle heavy-duty surface preparation and finishing tasks. In particular, shot and steel grit abrasives will provide the extra strength and durability that is needed for the most difficult abrasive blasting challenges.

Look no further than Margate Media Blasting Services for a complete line of safe and effective steel abrasives, including steel shot and grit. We offer the best steel shot and steel grit solutions for our clients in industries such as auto manufacturing, metallurgy, construction and petrochemical manufacturing. We carry both steel shot and grit in a wide range of sizes and hardness levels. Allow us an opportunity to assist you with the proper steel shot/grit selection for your application and to use it in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.



Glass beads are another option for your abrasive blasting and finishing applications.  The performance benefits of glass beads are vast.


Ideal for metal cleaning, surface finishing, peening and deburring.  Its recyclability makes it an economical choice to remove many different types of surface imperfections, including burrs, rust, paint removal while maintaining the surface tolerance of your work piece. Finishing Systems also stocks a vast inventory of various types of abrasive blasting media regardless of your blasting application.



Silicon carbide media is even harder than aluminum oxide. In fact, synthetic silicon carbide is the hardest abrasive blasting media in use today. Silicon carbide offers the benefit of an extremely fast cutting speed, which, when combined with its hardness, allows for much shorter blasting times. This results in a lower per-hour cost than most other abrasive media types. As with aluminum oxide blast media, silicon carbide is available in a range of grit sizes.

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