Over at the ShopNGarage, Steve posted about a nifty tip pulled from his forum’s Shop Tips thread. Always keep a chip brush in your blasting cabinet to clean abrasive off of parts and the inside of the cabinet door. Such a simple practice can really help keep cleanup time and effort at a minimum.
Check out the ShopNGarage Shop Tips thread for more helpful tidbits or to provide your own. You can also check out previously discussed shop tips on ToolGuyd here.
Update: The Shop N Garage forum is defunct, so the broken links have been removed. Sorry about that, this was out of our control.
I installed a separate, “dry” air gun inside my cabinet to dust off parts and such while still inside the cabinet with the door shut and the dust collector running. This is particularly handy after blasting parts with blind holes and crevices. Cleaning the dust off such parts outside the cabinet usually causes the hidden blast media to fly all over, not fun. It’s also handy for cleaning out the cabinet in order the change abrasives. Another simple trick in lieu of adding hardware to the cabinet is to pull the media (suction) hose off of the blasting gun. This will make an instant “dry” gun for cleaning.