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Old 02-08-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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Anyone knows where to find this recent popular substrate in Southern California? Yeah, I am talking about Black Diamond blasting sand. I tried several places but no luck.

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Old 02-11-2012, 08:04 PM   #2
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Hmmmmmm.....I thought that we have everything here in Los Angeles area, I guess we don't have Black Diamond ........hahahah.
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:32 PM   #3
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Have you tried these guys?
http://www.toolandabrasive.com/contact.html

Use google and type in your city in the 'location' then do a search for "abrasive supply" or "abrasive blasting" or "media blasting" or "industrial supply" . . . Coal slag media is one of the most common blasting grits around.

Oh, and when you talk to them, don't say "sand blasting" or they'll know you're a noob/ idiot. No one other than hillbilly hicks use sand, the silica will cause all sorts of lung problems.

I wouldn't get hung up on the 'brand name.' As long as it's coal slag and grit 20-40 mesh, you're looking at the identical product to black diamond. (And now folks will argue with me "no it's totally different" uh huh, Just like BP gasoline is totally different than Texaco or Shell or Super America or 7-11's gas.)
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Have you tried these guys?
http://www.toolandabrasive.com/contact.html


I wouldn't get hung up on the 'brand name.' As long as it's coal slag and grit 20-40 mesh, you're looking at the identical product to black diamond. (And now folks will argue with me "no it's totally different" uh huh, Just like BP gasoline is totally different than Texaco or Shell or Super America or 7-11's gas.)
Some is made from Pennsylvania coal - known to be much better. Or is that oil???
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I know theres another product called 'BlackBeauty' which is the same thing..Maybe thats available locally. Ive never used the BlackBeauty though.
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I just set up a tank with Black Diamond blasting grit, 20-40 size. I was amazed at how much better it is than the coal slag grit I used several years ago. This stuff isn't at all sharp, is much smaller particles than I had before, and is easy to use. I didn't even wash it. I'm completely sold on it now. It can't harm cories because it isn't sharp edged particles anyway. Now I wonder what brand the stuff I had before was.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:44 PM   #7
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Have you tried these guys?
http://www.toolandabrasive.com/contact.html

Use google and type in your city in the 'location' then do a search for "abrasive supply" or "abrasive blasting" or "media blasting" or "industrial supply" . . . Coal slag media is one of the most common blasting grits around.

Oh, and when you talk to them, don't say "sand blasting" or they'll know you're a noob/ idiot. No one other than hillbilly hicks use sand, the silica will cause all sorts of lung problems.

I wouldn't get hung up on the 'brand name.' As long as it's coal slag and grit 20-40 mesh, you're looking at the identical product to black diamond. (And now folks will argue with me "no it's totally different" uh huh, Just like BP gasoline is totally different than Texaco or Shell or Super America or 7-11's gas.)
Yeah, I have tried several of these places. But not this particular one, may be I should give them a call. Thanks.


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I just set up a tank with Black Diamond blasting grit, 20-40 size. I was amazed at how much better it is than the coal slag grit I used several years ago. This stuff isn't at all sharp, is much smaller particles than I had before, and is easy to use. I didn't even wash it. I'm completely sold on it now. It can't harm cories because it isn't sharp edged particles anyway. Now I wonder what brand the stuff I had before was.
Thanks Hoppy, that's very helpful Thanks for rubbing it in. LOL
Now, tell me where to find it here
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Old 02-28-2012, 02:54 AM   #8
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I just set up a tank with Black Diamond blasting grit, 20-40 size. I was amazed at how much better it is than the coal slag grit I used several years ago. This stuff isn't at all sharp, is much smaller particles than I had before, and is easy to use. I didn't even wash it. I'm completely sold on it now. It can't harm cories because it isn't sharp edged particles anyway. Now I wonder what brand the stuff I had before was.
The bag of Black Diamond I got from my TSC is somewhat sharp, and abraded my hands when i vigorously rubbed it between them. It has some longer pieces in it too. It's a nationally marketed product, but I highly suspect regionally produced as logistics costs to ship it across country would be terrible for a large chain. Depending on what producer they use to produce the product for your local stores, which I suspect could change, you may have gone from the sharp angular product, to a more rounded one. I'm going to guess it's all in how they crush it and if they do any type of tumbling and/or screening prior to bagging.

All supposition on my part.

Moral of the story, don't rub Cories in between your hands vigorously while holding substrate.
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I work out on the oil pipelines in So. Cal and the product our media blasting contractors use is called "black beauty". They normally show up to the job with pallets filled with 50lb sacks. I'll have to ask them were they get it and report back.
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I work out on the oil pipelines in So. Cal and the product our media blasting contractors use is called "black beauty". They normally show up to the job with pallets filled with 50lb sacks. I'll have to ask them were they get it and report back.
WOW, thank you so much. I would sincerely appreciate that. Or may be you should just get few bags and I buy them from you. HAHAHAHHA
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HaHa- yeah, "grabbing a few sacks" would be just that easy. Shipping them to you would be the pricey part. I do a lot of work with California Sand Blasting. Their office is just down the street from me in Long Beach. I'll stop in and ask them about their supplier. Where in Cali are you? They may know of a supplier in your area.
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HaHa- yeah, "grabbing a few sacks" would be just that easy. Shipping them to you would be the pricey part. I do a lot of work with California Sand Blasting. Their office is just down the street from me in Long Beach. I'll stop in and ask them about their supplier. Where in Cali are you? They may know of a supplier in your area.
Awesome, thank you so much for your effort. I really appreciate it. I'm located around Northridge or Granada Hills. Basically 405 and 118 Freeway area. Thank you again. so excited.

Btw, I was doing research on Black Beauty, are they pretty much black? the one that I saw, they were somewhat greyish.
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Found the Black Beauty. McMaster Carr sells it in 50lbs sacks for $17. Their located in Santa Fe springs. Here's a link for driving directions- Hope it helps http://www.mcmaster.com/#contact/=ge5jjh
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Found the Black Beauty. McMaster Carr sells it in 50lbs sacks for $17. Their located in Santa Fe springs. Here's a link for driving directions- Hope it helps http://www.mcmaster.com/#contact/=ge5jjh

Thank you soooo much for the info. I appreciate it.

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Black Beauty is not Black Diamond. There are folks here who have not reported good things about BB. In fact, I'm wondering if that's what Hoppy used back when he had his go-around with the "bad stuff". Just a heads-up. Here are the contact numbers for http://www.ati-blackdiamond.com/

499 Settlers Ridge Parkway, Woodbury, MN 55129

Phone: 651-436-6071 | Toll Free:1-800-343-0117 | Fax: 651-436-6744

Why not call them and ask where you can find it close by you?

That would be a great idea as well. Thank you.

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I recently purchased Black Diamond at a couple Tractor Supply locations in California. You may want to check with the stores nearest you.
There are a lot of them in CENTRAL California. That's where the farming areas are. The closest one to where I live (Southern), is about 3 hours away.
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Black Beauty is not Black Diamond. There are folks here who have not reported good things about BB. In fact, I'm wondering if that's what Hoppy used back when he had his go-around with the "bad stuff". Just a heads-up. Here are the contact numbers for http://www.ati-blackdiamond.com/

499 Settlers Ridge Parkway, Woodbury, MN 55129

Phone: 651-436-6071 | Toll Free:1-800-343-0117 | Fax: 651-436-6744

Why not call them and ask where you can find it close by you?
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