Aluminum shot is a lighter weight metallic-based blast media. Aluminum shot is primarily used for coating removal or paint removal. Aluminum shot is a good consideration if the work piece cannot tolerate etching or ferrous contamination. It is the perfect choice for cleaning applications with delicate parts that may easily be damaged by heavier bulk density media.

It is irregularly-shaped, but the particles are mostly round or rounded. Due to the irregular shape of the particles, aluminum shot is only offered in two size categories: medium and large.


  • Paint or coating removal, particularly in aerospace
  • Contaminant removal
  • Cleaning delicate parts
  • Deflashing of parts

Physical Characteristics:

  • Bulk density – approx. 75 lbs. per cubic foot
  • Size ranges:
    • Medium – roughly .035″
    • Large – roughly .054″