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Understanding Glass Etching

The MiniPasser (tm)
The MiniPasser is the only small entry-level blasting cabinet designed specifically for blasting flat glass larger than the interior of the cabinet. Slots on each side permit sheets of glass up to 24" (61 cm) wide by any length to be "passed" through. Only the portion of the glass that is within the cabinet at any one time is blasted.

Just slide the glass through, stopping to blast a new area as it enters the cabinet. The slots (and the easel inside) are tipped back at the top seven degrees so that the glass will rest against the rear gaskets in the cabinet and create a seal against abrasive loss.

This angle also makes the work much easier to see than in a vertical position. When the gaskets are installed in the slots, the MiniPasser is a conventional cabinet. Blast sheets up to 24" x 29" (61 cm x 73,6 cm) and 3D objects up to 12" (30.5 cm) deep can also be blasted.


The MiniPasser comes with a unique internal light source. This is a magnetic-base, swivel head, flexible gooseneck lamp. The magnetic-base sticks fast anyplace in the cabinet and the swivel head reflector on the gooseneck allows the light to be adjusted in any direction. This type of lamp is essential for detailed sandblasting.


Special Easel
Inside the cabinet there is a pair of adjustable supports which act as an easel. This is a very convenient stand for smaller flat pieces of glass while they are being blasted. These steel supports are adjustable in height so that they hold even very small pieces, and they can be raised to the top of the cabinet so the work is easier to see. The supports are lined with plastic to minimize glass scratching. The easel can be removed in seconds so the cabinet will accommodate large 3D objects.


This cabinet comes in two halves so that it can be shipped by UPS. That will result in a substantial savings in freight over other cabinets. It takes only a few minutes and eight screws to assemble the two halves.


The MiniPasser(tm) can be used with any stand-alone pressure or siphon blaster. Its small size makes it ideal for small workshops. Because of its limited interior space, it is best primarily for surface etching on larger pieces of glass, though it can easily be used for carving or shading on smaller pieces of flat or 3 dimensional glass for gift items, awards, etc.


  1. Front opening, swing-up safety glass access door:: Provides easy access to the work and a very large viewing area.
  2. Slide slots: Accommodates sheets up to 1/2" (1.27 cm) thick by 24" (61 cm) in width. Gaskets:24" (61 cm) molded foam strips are tucked into the slots to seal the cabinet. The narrow face of the strip is used when there is glass in the slot and the wide face when the slot is vacant.Built-in Easel: Holds any size sheet that will fit in the cabinet. The easel is removable for 3D objects. Lighting: A 100 Watt magnetic-base adjustable lamp. Spring-loaded hopper door: Keeps the abrasive in the hopper until it is time to replenish the pressure pot.Gauntlet-type gloves: Keeps arms and hands from coming in contact with the abrasive.
  3. Access Ports (both sides): For a standard sand hose or Glastar's "Flexible Hose" accessory


  1. A 90 CFM dust collector with self-emptying filter bag.
  2. A lightweight, flexible hose assembly for the inside of the cabinet. This type of hose is far less rigid than a standard sand hose used with most pressure blasters. The operator can direct the nozzle with very little effort and much greater accuracy.


Your next blasting system

 We know it is hard to understand everything about blast etching systems when you get started. It's even harder think of everything you need to order.

So, we have come up with suggested systems for you!

This equipment system will accomodate over 95% of the people who want to order this cabinet and provides everything else you need at the same time. What's more, ordering the suggested system below will get you in business etching glass the fastest and easiest way possible. 


Mini-passer Cabinet Suggested System
complete blasting system with pressure blaster
Mini-Passer Cabinet
HEPA 100DC Dust Collector
100S Pressure Blaster (w/Air Actuated Footswitch)
Flex Hose Assembly
Ceramic Nozzles (3/32") 1 Dozen
300135 & 36
Cyclone Dust Separator & hose
*Silicon Carbide (150 grit) 50 pounds
Abrasive Sifter
*Please note: You can substitute 120 grit (300111) silicon carbide for faster cutting, but you get a coarser finish. Substitute 180 grit (300110) for even finer finish on architectural glass and tiny detail on awards (but slightly slower cutting). A grit size of 220 (300156) would be used exclusively for the fine detail on awards and gifts or for etching photos. The 180 and 220 grits are slightly more expensive. Check our abrasives page for more info.


How to Order : To order the full system in the Suggested Systems box above without any changes, just click on "Add one to basket" by that product choice below. Then, you can add a second 50 pound box of abrasive, extra nozzles or a second magnetic light individually (as most people do, since you save on shipping over ordering these later). If you want to change some of the suggested components of the system, do not add the system itself to your basket, but scroll down the product list and add each product individually. To see your total, click on the "Basket Contents" button at the top of the page. If you want to delete anything you have added, just click "Remove" in the Basket Contents page. Then you can click your browser's Back button to go back to the systems page and substitute another product.

Important: We will call you to verify your purchase of any full system before placing the order. Systems do not include compressors. We do not sell compressors, but offer compressor selection information on our compressor page.


Overall Height 56" (142.25cm)
Overall Width 26 1/2" (67.31cm)
Overall Depth 18" (45.72cm)
Box Working Height 29" (73.66cm) Inside Dimension
Box Working Width 24" (60.96cm)
Box Working Depth 12" (30.48cm)
Slot Dimensions 1/2" x 24" (1.27 x 60.96cm)
Lexan Door 14" x 26" (35.56 x 66.04cm
Weight - upper half 58 lbs. (26.31 kg)
Weight - lower half 62 lbs. (28.13 kg)
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The MiniPasser™ System
Code Name Image Price  
300104SYS MiniPasser Cabinet System w/Pressure Blaster   $2,896.25
300104 MiniPasser Blasting Cabinet $1,095.00
300187 HEPA 100DC Dust Collector $568.00
300105 100B-S Pressure Blaster w/air actuated foot pedal $1,025.00
300135 Cyclone Abrasive Separator   $34.00
300136 Cyclone Separator Hose   $28.00
300113 Flex Hose Assembly $68.75
300137 Ceramic Nozzles (3/32 in.) - 12 pack   $59.25
300109 Silicon Carbide (150 grit) 50 pounds   $125.00
300138 Abrasive Sifter 1360-16   $18.25
300102 Magnetic Base Lamp 6 1/2" Flex   $69.50
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