does anyone know of a do it yourself soda blasting setup?

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  1. primate

    primate Veteran Member

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    the guy near me wants 700 bucks to soda blast my car... i have 3 cars that i wanna do , so this would get expensive after a while...i have plenty of airflow(2 compressors, total of 17.5 hp) so airflow would not be a problem(for a diyerselfer)
    any help/insight/witty quips/warnings would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks in advance.
    thom
     
  2. bourbon_scotch

    bourbon_scotch Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    well for blasting in the open you use a pot that you fill with media (not that ive done this). i think you need to be outside though with a hood and protective clothes on.......prob some sort of air filter too.
     
  3. primate

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    when i saw them strip a car on rides, the dude soda blasted right out side without any protective gear on....in the open.... in california!

    i think after the soda hits, it turns to powder, but i cannot confirm this...

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  4. POS71RS

    POS71RS Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Well, remove the buckshot from a shotgun casing, and fill it with baking soda.
    Blamo! Paint gone.
     
  5. 78LTCAM

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  6. primate

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    sounds good, but then i have all these small holes in my car, then i need bondo, ya see the delemma...

    it was worth a shot...(get it, shot? nevermind... [​IMG])
     
  7. ReD-DaWg-OnE

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    Where do you buy the media from?
     
  8. Matt T

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    I researched this and plastic media a while ago, and the only things I could find online indicated that it took a bit more effort than just swapping soda/plastic for sand in a DIY setup. They sounded like you would want a pressure blaster (you know, the kind that destroys sheetmetal if you use sand) and that it would need a metering valve to control the media instead of just running wide open with a dead man switch.

    If anyone finds enough info or tries this let me know.


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  9. RS_SS350

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    what about if you've already got a blasting cabinet? one of them cheap ones from harbor freight... can you just dump soda in there and go?
     
  10. primate

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    you can get the media from mcmaster carr, or i have seen places that sell it online.its not the store arm and hammer stuff, this media is larger, and sharper, from what i have read, not as refined.

    i have a pressure pot, a syphon system, and a clast cabinet, so i think i will give it a try...i have a couple of bad panels that are getting s canned, so those will be my "subjects"

    i saw some people just swapping media too... i was hoping that was all it required. i may have to get some carbide nozzles. we shall see.

    the quest continues...
     

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