Book: Cleaning with Micro Sandblasters

Crystal Mark, Inc.  Announces

An Important, New Resource

“Cleaning with Micro Sandblasters”

by Jawn Swan

In Volume 1 of the expanded 2 volume Second Edition

Sometimes you need to get things dirty to get them clean. That is the case with micro sandblasting. The micro sandblaster has many applications and cleaning is one of them. Micro sandblasters are tools, and the secret to success with most tools is knowing how to use them.

In micro sandblasting, very small abrasive particles are mixed with a compressed gas, such as air. The mixture is transported through a hose and the flow is then focused through a small nozzle to the area to be sandblasted. The ability to adjust the amount of abrasive introduced into the gas stream and regulate the gas pressure adds another level of control to the equipment. The equipment and variables associated with micro sandblasting are explored in detail.

The conservation of a famous medieval mosaic on the exterior of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague provides a good example of the use of a micro sandblaster for cleaning an irreplaceable work of art. Other examples discussed in this chapter are cleaning fossils, conformal coating removal and metal on ceramic.



  • History of the Micro Sandblaster
  • Variables
  • Work Chambers
  • Dust Collectors
  • Cleaning Examples
  • Art Conservation
  • Cleaning Fossils
  • Conformal Coating Removal
  • Cleaning Metal on Ceramic


About the Author

Jawn Swan is the president of Crystal Mark, Inc. With over 48 years of experience, he has been involved at all levels of micro sandblasting. He started out repairing SS White micro sandblasters in high school. He was responsible for maintaining various SS White micro sandblaster systems, including the LAT-100, MAT-800, and AT-701 thick-film resistor trimmer systems in the western United States. Over the years he has developed numerous micro sandblasting applications, including the design and building of automated systems.


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About Handbook for Critical Cleaning A decade after the bestselling original, the Handbook for Critical Cleaning, Second Edition helps manufacturers meet today’s challenges, providing practical information and perspective about cleaning chemistries, equipment, processes, and applications. With 90% new or revised chapters plus supplementary online material, the Handbook has grown to two comprehensive volumes, Cleaning Agents and Systems and Cleaning Applications, Processes, and Controls. Overview chapters by industry icons Ed and Barbara Kanegsberg meld and provide perspective on the viewpoints of 70 contributing experts.  Handbook for Critical Cleaning is unique among printed and on-line resources as a succinct, independent, comprehensive, practical, educational resource to help you manufacture high quality, competitive products.

Reviews of the Second Edition

“Mazel tov on your new edition!!! I really didn’t know what to expect from a ‘cleaning’ book. So surprised- it is an incredible treasure trove of information!! It is really interesting, beautifully written and honestly I can’t stop reading it. Thankfully it is two volumes so Scott and I don’t have to fight over it. Really, it is the most fascinating technical book I’ve ever seen so it should fly off the shelves – or the Internet.” Debra Kimless-Garber MD, Scott Garber MD, DIFLUOREX

…. a tour de force, a work written by experts who have worked at the interface between science and industry and who write from that basis, not from an ivory tower. The price of these two formidable volumes is not insignificant. But set against the cost of defective production, just for one hour’s downtime or components having to be re-worked or completely rejected, it is an investment that will pay for itself many times over. On that basis, one is more than happy to strongly recommend it. Anselm Kuhn, Galvanotechnik, July, 2011

Pricing (Use code 078AE for 20% discount off listed price and free shipping at

Handbook for Critical Cleaning, Second Edition – Two volume set: $179.95 ($143.96 with discount code)

Individual volumes:

Handbook for Critical Cleaning: Cleaning Agents and Systems – $99.95

Handbook for Critical Cleaning: Applications, Processes, and Controls – $99.95

Information, Updates

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