What is 'Dustless Blasting'?
Dustless Blasting is a type of ‘Media Blasting’ used to wipe out paint, grime, rust, and so forth, without the destructive clouds of dust connected with different types of media impacting – Mainly in part to our Water & Media combination.
What's the difference between Dustless Blasting and Dry Blasting?
Dustless blasting adds water to the blast media to greatly reduce the dust cloud. In many areas, it may be illegal to dry blast without having a fully enclosed blast room with the exhausted air being filtered.
What abrasive do you use?
We use a range of blast media, including sugar sand, blast sand, glass, and garnet. It all depends on the job at hand, what media is best to use. Our most common and most used media is medium crushed glass.
Why dustless or dry blasting over Soda blasting?
Soda blasting has one major draw back for automotive paint removal, the blast media, Sodium Bicarbonate (i.e. common baking soda). The issue with Sodium Bicarbonate is that it is alkaline. Most modern paint processes use an acid based primer to ensure proper bonding. An acid base will not chemically bond with an alkaline surface. The paint manufacturers will not warranty their products on a known soda blasted car.
Dustless and Dry blasting both eliminate this issue. Once the vehicle has been blasted, it can be dried, and painted.
What happens to the abrasive after blasting?
We normally blow or sweep the media off into a grassy area, if and when possible. If required though, we can pick up and remove the media from the work site, however this usually adds cost to the job.
What factors will affect the cost of having my project blasted?
There are several factors that will impact the cost. Such as on a vehicle, they include the size of the vehicle, the number of layers of paint and body filler, the amount of rust, if you want the outside and/or inside of the vehicle blasted, and if you want the door, hood and trunk jams blasted. Wet blasting or Dry blasting, do we have to tape anything off, do we have to remove the media from the worksite, etc.
How long does the process take to finish?
Hard to say. This is not as quick and easy as some may think, but if you compare the time it would take you to try and strip by yourself, the process is equivalent to at least 10 men with hand tools and a finish you couldn’t duplicate.
Will Dustless or Dry blasting remove body filler and undercoatings?
Yes, either blasting method will remove body filler and undercoatings, however both of those take longer to strip off than normal paint, so depending on how much filler or undercoating is there, the job will take longer to finish.
Can you blast the underside of a vehicle?
Yes, if its mounted on a rotisserie or if you have the means to lift if up for us. Since we are a mobile unit, we do not have a rotisserie to use to mount your vehicle on.
Can the Dustless blasting cause warping like Dry blasting?
Yes, the water is there to keep the dust down. Dry blasting does not increase the temperature enough to warp metal. Warping comes from using too large media, too high pressure, and being too close to the metal.
Since water is used, won't it rust the metal?
We use a rust inhibitor to prevent flash rusting for up to 24 hours. This extremely effective rust inhibitor is added to the blast water to prevent flash rusting during blasting, and then used to rinse after blasting is complete. However due to the humidity here in south Texas, flash rusting is hard to prevent for very long, so the sooner you can get the metal primed, the better.
Do I need to remove the glass, trim, or weatherstripping?
While it is not necessary to remove the glass, weatherstripping or trim, you will get a more complete strip job if you do. If not, the area under the installed glass & weatherstripping will not be stripped. Typically, this is an area that is suspect for corrosion. Trim can be masked to protect it during the stripping process but again, the area under and immediately surrounding trim will not be stripped. Glass and chrome can be damaged by any kind of abrasive blasting, as such removal or masking is required. There may be charges required if we are to mask anything, and there is no guarantee that these items may not be damaged. We do prefer that the glass, trim and weatherstripping be removed if at all possible, as this will ensure the most thorough job and the best possible outcome.
We highly recommend using the black Gorilla Tape to mask off anything, this is the best tape to stand up against the blasting.
Will Dustless or Dry blasting damage chrome and glass?
Glass and chrome can be damaged by any kind of abrasive blasting. You should always mask off the chrome and glass prior to blasting.
Will blasting etch the surface area for paint bonding?
Yes. Media Blasting will not only clean or remove paint, but will etch the surface area allowing excellent bonding of primer or sealer.
Do you have a shop we can bring projects too?
At the moment we are strictly mobile, which means we travel to your home or site to perform all works. Bringing your project to someone will not only increase down-time, but will also increase your expenses for transportation and additional hours spent doing so.
Does Media Blasting damage the surface area?
NO! Unless the surface prepping area has already been damaged prior to stripping, this form of media blasting will not damage surface area including gel-coats on boats or light or soft metals.