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Do you need to remove the paint from a classic car body shell before respraying? Faced with the task of cleaning and renovating a greasy and dirty HGV engine block? Has a client asked you to restore a set of alloy wheels?

One method of cleaning will cope with all of these transport restoration and renovation tasks and more – soda blasting.

Benefits of soda blasting

Soda blasting is a process that strips virtually any surface in a safe, environmentally friendly and efficient manner.

The blast medium is sodium hydrogen carbonate (bicarbonate of soda) which is fired at the target surface at high velocity but at low pressure. It will physically remove any coatings (including multiple paint layers) and rust flakes. It deals easily with hydrocarbon deposits such as oils and greases too. The cleaned surfaces are then ready for re-coating with no further degreasing operations required.

On contact with the surface, the soda blasting medium shatters, releasing energy that disrupts the bonding of the soiling to the substrate. Bicarbonate of soda is inherently soft (around 2.5 on Moh’s scale of hardness) so it doesn’t scratch or abrade the substrate, unlike traditional blast cleaning. You don’t need to protect glass or remove rubber or plastic components as they will not be harmed, saving time and money. Welds are not flattened and the surface is left ultra-smooth.

As well as this gentle yet efficient cleaning, bicarbonate of soda is known to passivate steel from rusting so freshly cleaned steel surfaces will remain untarnished and ready for re-coating for much longer than with traditional methods. Compare that with traditional restoration methods in which steel surfaces begin to rust soon after the cleaning is completed.

The softness of the medium offers significant advantages over other forms of coating and debris removal from body panels. On vehicles where panels have been repaired using filler, the filler will not be damaged as it is harder than the blasting medium. The low blasting pressure virtually eliminates the risk of panels warping which is especially important when refurbishing vehicles with aluminium panels. This also makes it particularly suited to the cleaning of airframes and other aircraft parts.

Sodium bicarbonate is a deodoriser and is therefore effective for renovation of old and neglected vehicles that are suffering from mould or fungal growth.

So which would you prefer – the traditional multi-stage lengthy approach of using solvents, degreasers and hard media blast cleaning with all of the H&S headaches that brings or one simple non-toxic environmentally friendly operation that is fully managed by APT?

Do you need to remove the paint from a classic car body shell before respraying? Faced with the task of cleaning and renovating a greasy and dirty HGV engine block? Has a client asked you to restore a set of alloy wheels?

One method of cleaning will cope with all of these transport restoration and renovation tasks and more – soda blasting.

Applications

APT soda blasting services are available to all sizes of business from one person classic car restoration to international transport fleet operators. Here are some examples of where soda blasting excels:

  • removal of unwanted coatings from airframes, wings, fuselages etc.
  • removal of graffiti from vehicle bodies
  • steel and aluminium vehicle panel paint stripping and rust removal
  • engine block degreasing and paint stripping
  • removal of gasket remnants, adhesives and bitumen
  • component degreasing and coating removal

  • carburettor cleaning
  • alloy and steel wheel restoration
  • chassis stripping and rust removal
  • motorbike frame renovation

The list is by no means exhaustive so if you have an automotive or aviation coating removal or debris stripping task, soda blasting is clearly the solution.

Stress Free Soda Blasting Services …

Contact APT now on 0800 0723 773 for a no-obligation chat about your transport restoration needs and to find out how we can benefit your project. We carry out a full risk assessment and ensure that the project conforms to Health and Safety regulations.

              
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