• Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you'd like to order one of our BLACK BEAUTY® blasting abrasive products, you may call our customer service line toll-free at 1-888-733-3646, Monday- Friday, 8am-5pm Eastern Standard Time. You may also contact one of our manufacturing facilities directly - click here for a list of our plant locations and contact information. If it's after hours, feel free to send us an email or use our online form. Most inquiries are answered within 24 hrs. Our customer service team is dedicated to serving you.

We accept all major credit cards including Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express, certified check or company check, money order or you may set up an account with us. We do not accept cash.

BLACK BEAUTY® is sold directly from most of our plants as well as through a national distributor and reseller network.  We understand that finding our products close to your next project is important to you. That's why we've created an online tool, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you locate BLACK BEAUTY® (coal slag, copper slag or crushed glass). We also understand you're busy and on-the-go.  This tool also works on your mobile devices. Just type in www.findblackbeauty.com in your phone or tablet browser. Still can't find what you're looking for? Call or email our customer service team at 1-888-733-3646 (toll-free) or reedcs@harsco.com. We will be glad to work with you to get blasting grit to your location when you need it.    

BLACK BEAUTY® Coal Slag Abrasive Nozzle Size & Profile by Grade

Grade
Min Nozzle Size
Profile (Mils)
X Fine
1/8"
(1.0 - 2.6 Mils)
Fine
3/16"
(2.0 - 3.5 Mils)
Medium
1/4"
(3.0 - 4.8 Mils)
Grade
X Fine (30/60)
Fine (20/40)
Medium (12/40)
Min. Nozzle Size
1/8"
3/16"
1/4"
Profile (Mils)
(1.0 - 2.6 Mils)
(2.0 - 3.5 Mils)
(3.0 - 4.8 Mils)

BLACK BEAUTY® GLASS Crushed Glass Abrasive Nozzle Size & Profile by Grade

Grade
Min Nozzle Size
Profile (Mils)
X Fine
1/8"
(0.5 - 1.5 Mils)
Fine
3/16"
(1.5 - 3.0 Mils)
Medium/Fine(20/40)
1/4"
(2.0 - 3.5 Mils)
Medium
1/4"
(2.8 - 4.0 Mils)
Grade
X Fine (70)
Fine (30/70)
Medium/Fine (20/40)
Medium (12/30)
Min. Nozzle Size
1/8"
3/16"
1/4"
1/4"
Profile (Mils)
(0.5 - 1.5 Mils)
(1.5 - 3.0 Mils)
(2.0 - 3.5 Mils)
(2.8 - 4.0 Mils)

BLACK BEAUTY® IRON Copper Slag Abrasive Nozzle Size & Profile by Grade

Grade
Min Nozzle Size
Profile (Mils)
X Fine (30/60)
1/8"
(1.0 - 2.6 Mils)
Fine (20/40)
3/16"
(2.0 - 3.5 Mils)
Medium (12/40)
1/4"
(3.0 - 5.0 Mils)
Grade
X Fine (30/60)
Fine (20/40)
Medium (12/40)
Min. Nozzle Size
1/8"
3/16"
1/4"
Profile (Mils)
(1.0 - 2.6 Mils)
(2.0 - 3.5 Mils)
(3.0 - 5.0 Mils)


Please note that these BLACK BEAUTY® abrasive "profile guides" show profile ranges acheived with different grades of BLACK BEAUTY® abrasives with a controlled environment in a blast cabinet designed by Harsco. The controlled environment consisted of 100 psi at the nozzle, nozzle to surface distance of 18" +/- 3", a 3/8" orifice long venturi nozzle, on new 1/8" grade A36 steel, with a blast angle of 75 degrees to 105 degrees. Some variance in the profile can be noted by the profile ranges even in a controlled environment. Harsco cannot guarantee identical profile results with BLACK BEAUTY® abrasives in the field where variability exists.

THE ORIGINAL BLACK BEAUTY® coal slag abrasive & BLACK BEAUTY® IRON copper slag abrasive:

Grade
Application
X Fine
Used to clean surfaces and create a smooth finish, brush-off blast or in a high pressure water blast system.
Fine
Used for new construction, light paint and rust removal, and for special maintenance applications requiring reduced profiles. Bridge maintenance, light mill scale, paint and rust, new structural steel.
Medium
Used for general purpose repair and maintenance blasting for the removal of paint and rust, structual steel, mill scale and aggregate exposure.
Grade
X Fine
Fine
Medium
Application
Used to clean surfaces and create a smooth finish, brush-off blast or in a high pressure water blast system.
Used for new construction, light paint and rust removal, and for special maintenance applications requiring reduced profiles. Bridge maintenance, light mill scale, paint and rust, new structural steel.
Used for general purpose repair and maintenance blasting for the removal of paint and rust, structual steel, mill scale and aggregate exposure.

BLACK BEAUTY® GLASS (crushed glass) abrasive:

Grade
Application
X Fine (-80)
A very finely sized product used to clean surfaces and create a smooth finish - automotive, fiberglass, hobby and soda blast alternative.
Fine (30/70)
Used to clean surfaces and create a smooth finish - automotive, fiberglass, hobby and soda blast alternative.
Medium/Fine (20/40)
Used for industrial applications, bridges, tanks, steel construction and fabrication where a reduced profile is desired.
Medium (12/30)
Used for industral applications, bridges, tanks, steel construction and fabrication.
Grade
X Fine (-80)
Fine (30/70)
Medium/Fine (20/40)
Medium (12/30)
Application
A very finely sized product used to clean surfaces and create a smooth finish - automotive, fiberglass, hobby and soda blast alternative.
Used to clean surfaces and create a smooth finish - automotive, fiberglass, hobby and soda blast alternative.
Used for industrial applications, bridges, tanks, steel construction and fabrication where a reduced profile is desired.
Used for industral applications, bridges, tanks, steel construction and fabrication.

Harsco Corporation is a diversified, worldwide company serving industries fundamental to global economic progress and infrastructure development, with more than 400 locations in 50 countries. Harsco acquired Reed Minerals, formerly H.B. Reed, in 1983. Reed Minerals was founded in the 1930's and is considered one of America's original "green" companies, recycling coal slag aggregates for beneficial use. Today Reed Minerals continues their commitment to customers under the Harsco name.

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BLACK BEAUTY® blasting abrasives are known for their high quality, low dusting and low free silica attributes.
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BLACK BEAUTY® GLASS abrasives are high quality, chemically inert, environmentally friendly and contain less than 1% free silica.
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BLACK BEAUTY® IRON abrasives are currently available out of our Tampa, FL, Fairless Hills, PA (Philadelphia) and Houston, TX, facilities in three industry-standard grades.