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Soda Blasting; first soda is also a cleaner, this make the soda media great to work with, for cleaning or using it as a material remover. Anything from removing grease and grime to removing paint and other materials, soda has a lot of uses in the cleaning field. Soda can be purchased in several grades the coarser the grade the larger the particulates are. The larger particulates cut faster and "explode" more removing material quicker but the coarser the grade the more the cost. Soda is a nonabrasive and can be used for blasting where sand and slag and other media can not. You can wet blast a motor compartment of a car with out worrying about the ball joints, steering knuckles or other moving parts. Soda will not hurt, inbed or alter the metal surfaces. This saves time and money you need not have to dismantle everything, it also washes clean. Soda will not hurt or etch chrome, glass or soft rubber surfaces. Soda is great for fire restoration and cleaning if you can get the water removed.
I used the word "explode" earlier, I'll try to clarify this term. Each type of media has its own reaction to the sudden stop when it hits the material it is trying to remove. Soda happens to be soft enough to blow apart upon impact. Sand, glass, and slag are harder they will fracture using sharp edges for cutting off or digging in, to remove the material. Soda impacts and the energy form it blowing apart removes the material like a little explosion or as a meteor hitting a planet a crater is formed in the material blowing it apart. Then the smaller soda particulates will be caught up in the water stream again and the process is repeated until the soda looses all its stored energy, until it is ineffective anymore. The big plus with soda is that it has been tumbling and bounces around all this time. The busted up particulates are like little erasers and pick up more and more grease and dirt, that is why momma uses it to clean the stove and sink in the kitchen it cleans and does not scratch.
|A fine nonabrasive soda was used here. We did not want to alter the factory finish of the rims. Soda comes in different grades (sizes of particulars) the coarser the grade the faster it removes but the higher the cost.|
|Removing the factor power coat and baked on clear coat for a restoration on a BMW. We had to use a two step process with different types of media to achieve this result.|
|Media blasting with water and soda Cleaned by Pete.|
|You can see that the factory power coat and finish is wearing off the turbo style centers. Again the owner came to us since he had such good results with us on the first ones. We used the same two step media process to restore these centers too.|
|Readying the center for the wet soda blasting, we have a soft plastic backstop to help absorb the energy reducing bounce back and splattering of the media (tricks of the trade) helping us to work faster and more effective.|
|The group have been blasted once and will now be having the finial grade of soda blasting applied.|
|After the process and the drying time our BMW center looks like. This is now down to the original finish of the metal before being power coated and clear coated, without gouging or distortion of any kind.|
|A bit closer picture showing the finished item Cleaned by Pete's Wet soda-blasting service.|