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Offline J_Speegle

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Vapor Blasting
« on: December 12, 2016, 09:27:38 PM »
Did a search ;) and it seems that we haven't discussed the use of vapor blasting to clean and restore aluminum and zinc pot metal items related to our cars.

Considering trying this after the holidays and wonder if anyone else has already had any experiences or if I get to be or designated guinea pig this time    ::)


Of course looking for the exposed aluminum to look new and fresh (expect to have to return the machined surfaces to the appropriate areas) look when done. Process states that the method leaves the pores in the metal closed unlike other methods with no change to size or shape though it appears that there is some texturing taking place. Yes read allot of the sales pitches. Luckily there are a few "local" shops that offer the process so I can take a field trip before I hand over my pieces. Seems to be popular in the motorcycle circles currently

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Offline ruppstang

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Re: Vapor Blasting
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2016, 11:56:50 PM »
I would love to see this tried on a AT housing or a bell housing.

Offline J_Speegle

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Re: Vapor Blasting
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2016, 12:12:51 AM »
I would love to see this tried on a AT housing or a bell housing.

Might leave it too mono -tone for such a large piece but we'll see what the costs are and how much its going to cost me to experiment   ::)

Right now have a need for intake, valve covers and oil pan if it passes inspection and observation. Know pictures will not truly reflect what I'll be seeing in person   :(

Smaller stuff like Thermactor pump housings, fuel pump housing and carbs are a maybe. Just depends if they are charging for time, size or job.
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Re: Vapor Blasting
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2016, 12:13:03 AM »
Is this dry ice blasting you're referring to?
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Re: Vapor Blasting
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2016, 01:25:32 AM »
Is this dry ice blasting you're referring to?

No it's a blasting process using a slurry - referred to as vapor/liquid honing in the UK/Europe

Number of the places appear to be precleaning with other process - I would be interested in just using the vapor blasting for cleaning and finishing nothing else to change or alter the surface in between and of course the idea of having a finished product with closed pores


I know nothing about the following companies nor have any connection with them   ::)

A short video comparing glass bedding verses vapor

https://youtu.be/KqHcSVLB9fw


Surface roughness test comparison

https://youtu.be/bkRD-2ySJ2M


Not what I would call restored but provides an example of what the process will do with different materials

https://youtu.be/p6Te-dSQTfk



Basic process information

https://rideapart.com/articles/restore-vintage-parts-vaporblast


http://www.restocycle.com/?_escaped_fragment_=#!




http://arnoldsdesign.com/Vapor-Blasting.html


http://www.vaporblastingequipment.com/wet-blasting/what-wetblasting-guide-vapor-blasting-process



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Re: Vapor Blasting
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2016, 04:49:28 PM »
I researched it last year but never went any further. I also came across a few motorcycle forums where guys were using Pine-sol to clean cast aluminum. I tried the pine sol approach on some parts cast aluminum and pot metal parts and was pleasantly surprised. See this thread http://www.concoursmustang.com/forum/index.php?topic=14200.0
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