Blasting Estimate?

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  1. HurtHorseZ28

    HurtHorseZ28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I know this can probably go in another topic, but looking for a quick answer. I have a stock set of lower control arms that are rusty and filthy. (They're removed from the car.) Looking to have them cleaned up. What should it cost me to have a shop remove old ball joints/bushings, blast, paint chassis black, and press in new ball joints/bushings. Labor cost only, I supply the parts (except the paint). Thanks!
     
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    If you're going to blast A-arms, you're likely going to do some more cleaning on other parts. That said, you can buy a blast cabinet from HF for $179, and rent (free on return) a ball joint press from your local parts store. If you don't have an air compressor, this will be a good excuse to buy one. I realize the initial cost of buying equipment is high, but you can get nickel and dime to death by paying a shop to do small odd jobs. You can also search for and make friends with someone in you area that has the equipment and supply copious amounts of malted beverages, that usually works for me when friends come calling with parts and coolers. IMHO
     
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    I have the $179 HF blast cabinent, it's a POS. The light sucks, the trigger on the gun routinely sticks, and you have to continuously move the suction tube around and put back pressure on it to clean it out.

    So by the time you upgrade the light and gun, you could've been into a better cabinent, the Eastwood one is a lot nicer IHMO.
     
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    TP Tools has great blast cabinet equipment. I love mine
     
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    Spot On!
     
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    Agree on the light but I haven't had issues with gun or pickup tube. Hopefully you haven't jinxed me. :D
     
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    What are you running in it? I do a mixture of sand and black beauty.
     
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    Straight black beauty.
     
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    My gloves are trashed already, I had it less than a year.
    The hopper drain I wish was a sliding gate instead of the all or none,though I'm not sure if all are like that
     

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