• Low free silica
    less than 0.1% compared to sand at up to 99% free silica
  • Fast cutting
  • Consistent gradation
  • Low dusting
    passes California Title 17 (CARB) (at select plants)
  • Meets Industry abrasive specifications and environmental standards
    including SSPC AB1, MIL-A-22262B(SH) and 40CFR 261.24a (TCLP)
  • Moisture-free
    will not rust, pack or attract dampness
  • Gives a high degree of etch for better bonding
  • Available preblended with Blastox or Dustnet

Find BLACK BEAUTY today!Harsco, formerly Reed Minerals, is the largest U.S. manufacturer of coal slag abrasives for the surface preparation market. Our BLACK BEAUTY® abrasives are the original, low dusting, low free silica coal slag blasting abrasives. We lead the industry for quality, value, and performance.

BLACK BEAUTY® abrasives are available nationwide in three industry standard grades, as well as Elite product gradations. We will preblend them with Blastox® or Dustnet® on request.


Used for general purpose repair and maintenance blasting including removal of paint, rust, mill scale, and other coatings from surfaces. Minimum suggested nozzle size of 1/4" and under standard blasting conditions will achieve a 3.0-4.8 Mil profile.

Utilized for new construction, light paint and rust removal and special maintenance applications requiring reduced profiles. Minimum suggested nozzle size of 3/16” and under standard blasting conditions will achieve a 2.0-3.5 Mil profile.

Applicable for light blasting requiring a clean surface and minimum anchor profile including brush-off blast or high-pressure water blast systems. Minimum suggested nozzle size of 1/8” and under standard blasting conditions will achieve a 1.0-2.6 Mil profile.

If your project requires a specialized or superior blasting abrasive, we can help. Using our proprietary processes and superior blending capabilities, we can fine-tune your BLACK BEAUTY® blasting media to Elite gradations. Contact us for immediate assistance.


BLACK BEAUTY®  is available in:

50lb BAGS
60 bags per pallet

100lb BAGS
30 bags per pallet

loaded up to 2 tons/4,000lbs

Also available in bulk.

Low Free Silica, Low Dusting & Chemically Inert

BLACK BEAUTY® blasting abrasives are a preferred alternative to silica sand. Silica sand can contain up to 99% free silica which has been found to cause silicosis, a sometimes fatal lung disease. BLACK BEAUTY® abrasives are low dusting, chemically inert, contain less than 0.1% free silica, and are not causally linked with any disease, including silicosis. See the CDC's Health Report.

Sand Blasting and Silicosis: Workers engaged in sand blasting receive heavy exposure to free silica. Government studies show that even short-term exposure to large amounts of free silica can cause acute silicosis, a disabling, nonreversible and sometimes even fatal lung disease. Inhaling free silica particles is also associated with bronchitis and tuberculosis. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recommended since 1974 that silica sand (or other substances containing more than 1% free silica) be prohibited as an abrasive blasting material and that less hazardous substitutes be used.

Meets Environmental Standards

Green from the startBecause we obtain our BLACK BEAUTY® abrasive raw materials from stringent sources as approved and tested by our Technology Center, they meet environmental standards, including the most stringent abrasive specifications in the market. BLACK BEAUTY® passes California Title 17 for low dusting (CARB)(select plants), SSPC AB-1, 40CFR 261.24a (TCLP); it is also military QPL approved at select plants: MIL-A-22262B(SH). Download QPL certification letters here.

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