Sandblasting at Home
Cleaning up and restoring classic cars is a passion project for many Australians. When I started working on classic auto a couple of decades ago, I would use sand and a wire brush to remove rust on the cars I was working on. This was before I knew about sandblasting and how useful it was in the car restoration process. I’d use a rust treatment product, but it never really lasted for very long, and it felt like a wasted effort. These days, I use a combination of dustless blasting to prepare surfaces of old cars for re-painting and I apply an anti-rust coating to the surface.
Even if you’re not in the business of restoring classic cars, you can still use sandblasting to keep your car parts clean and strip away old paint and rust on your vehicle. Some stuff is too difficult to remove from cars with regular cleaning methods. The chief benefit of sandblasting is that it allows you to strip away material from the surface of a part without damaging the part itself. Despite the fact that most people still refer to this process as “sandblasting”, sand is actually rarely used. Other forms of media are used in place of sand to alleviate health concerns.
You can do your own blasting at home to remove rust and other materials from your car parts, or you can hire the professionals to do it. We specialize in dustless blasting, and we can send someone out to your location to get the job done, no matter what you need. If you’re still determined to do it yourself, you’ll need to buy a blasting cabinet. These aren’t that expensive, but you need to learn how to safely operate them. It’s much like a pressure washer, but it fires particles at a lower pressure that are much more abrasive than water droplets.
The one drawback of most consumer-grade blasting equipment is that it doesn’t easily remove grease or oil from a surface. If you’re trying to blast away a layer of oil or grease that has accumulated on your chrome bumper for example, you’ll just end up removing the chrome and a lot of the grease will be left over. The number one rule of blasting efficiently is to use the least abrasive media possible to get the job done. The softer the surface you’re blasting, the less abrasive your media choice will need to be.
Assuming you have the appropriate safety equipment and tools, you’ll be able to blast a lot of things at home. Make sure that you have a face shield and a pair of safety goggles, ear protectors, a breathing mask, abrasive-proof gloves, and an apron. When you’ve assembled all of your tools, you can get right on to blasting.
For readers who don’t want to attempt blasting anything on their own, they can hire us. Bare All Blasting is the number one local choice of homeowners and businesses looking to get the best dustless blasting services for the lowest possible rate.