We have developed the machine to use corn cob media. There are other types of media, namely walnut shells and baking soda, that have been tested in the Kernel machine.
Each state you work in will have different regulations on the use of abrasive media. Cob media is only regulated based on the nuisance dust it produces. Check each area you work in for the appropriate regulatory measures. Sand media is known to cause silicosis, and there are tight regulatory measures if you want to work with this media.
You will need a 175-185 cfm (cubic foot per minute) compressor to run the Kernel at constant pressure.
Start the machine with 60 psi of pressure, and increase as needed. Adjust the choke valve and the media valve to
get a constant (not sputtering) flow. When it is running properly, the media will be slightly discoloring the air flowing
from the nozzle.
With the compressor running, open the valve at the base of the moisture separator until you hear air hissing out of it. Watch to see that water is dripping out of the open valve, you might need to open this valve more when working under humid conditions.
Spray the wood like you would when spray painting. Keep a constant distance from the wood, and keep moving to avoid cutting into the wood. "Feather" the spray in and out of areas to keep a constant look. Always test an inconspicuous area before starting.
Clean off the brass media filter every 5 bags or less if it is humid. If dry, you can go longer. The filters are cheap, and you might want to keep a few on hand.
1 bag of corn cob media will remove 150-300 square feet of coating, based on the type of coating.
When finished blasting, close the media valve and blast any residue out of the checks and away from the home. A good shop vacuum will pick up a lot of the used cob media, and the material can be re-used if you filter it. Corn cob media won’t hurt the foliage in small quantities, but if you leave mounds on the grass, the media will absorb moisture from plants, so wet down (or have the homeowner soak) the grass when you are done.
A good technique is to have one person waiting to fill the pot while another runs the machine. Running the machine on a hot day will wear you out, and you will want to switch duties every few bags.
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