Pumice powder is the undisputed champion for delicate-surface industrial abrasive use.
Pumice in Polishing and Abrasive Applications
A number of factors contribute to pumice being widely used for polishing and cleansing applications in industry and consumer products—abundance, neutral in pH, chemically benign, hard enough to abrade yet soft enough not damage the surface—but pumice’s characteristic friability is where it really shines. Even when ground to an ultrafine powder, pumice still retains its abrasive quality.
Formed from violent volcanic activity, lightweight, frothy pumice is similar to glass in physical and chemical makeup, but unlike glass, pumice is a much softer abrasive. Fine-ground pumice is the softest abrasive media you can use and ideal for applications where the quality of the finished surface is paramount.
Industrial Abrasive Applications
When it comes to gentle abrasive grit, pumice is the undisputed champion. Nothing else works as effectively in so many different manufacturing applications. Hess produces a wide selection of fine pumice powder, including the microfine grades down to 3 microns. We also do grade blends so on the off chance we don’t already have what you need, we’ll work with you produce a pumice abrasive to your exact specs.
COMMON USES FOR PUMICE IN INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS
Hess knows pumice, and we know the needs of the polishing and abrasives industry. [ ••• ]
Consumer Abrasive Product Applications
Fine pumice powder has been used to add gentle abrasive cleaning power to hand soaps for many years. Pumice powder is now found in a variety of cleaning and polishing products—rubbing compounds, household cleansers, whitening toothpastes, pencil erasers.
COMMON ABRASIVE APPLICATIONS FOR PUMICE IN CONSUMER PRODUCTS
There is a surprising variety of product-ingredient applications for a light, gently-aggressive abrasive that stays in suspension. [ ••• ]
Delicate-Surface Sand Blasting Applications
For scour-cleaning rusted, painted, or grime-gunked surfaces, a sandblasting rig gets it done quickly and completely. And with pumice blast media, a simple cleaning can be much more—putting a smooth, satiny polish on soft metal and plastic surfaces. [ ••• ]
RECOMMENDED GRADES FOR ABRASIVE AND POLISHING APPLICATIONS
Over 30 of our standard grades and grade blends have application for industrial abrasives. Please contact us for recommendations.
Consumer Products Abrasive Grits
25 standard grades and grade blends have application for consumer product grit. Please contact us for recommendations.
Sand Blast Media
SBH (#10 Heavies) | #2 | SBF (F)
Tumbling Media (Metals/Plastics)
2/0N | 1/0N
Tumbling Media (Textiles)
1 x 3/4 | 3/4 x 3/8
NOTE: The grades selected above are typical and representative. Please contact us regarding your product or process for help to determine the ideal grade or grade blend.
GET A PUMICE SAMPLE
If you’d like to sample a pumice grade (or several), we have a nice selection of stock pumice grades available to purchase in small quantities via our Pumice Products Store.
If you’d like to run tests and trials using our pumice in your commercial product formulation or industrial process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. We look forward to answering your questions, helping you select the best grade for your process, or helping you explore the fit of pumice for your needs. PLEASE include your name, your company or organization, pertinent project details, ship-to address, and preferred contact information in the sample request email.
We know pumice. We’ll answer your questions, help determine the ideal grade for your needs, get you sample grades for testing, or help figure out the logistics for getting pumice to you—whatever’s needed.