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DIY soda blaster?
#759772 12/19/18 1:14 pm
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Has anyone here actually built -- and used -- this DIY rig?

http://www.how-to-build-hotrods.com/soda-blaster.html


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Re: DIY soda blaster?
kurt fischer #759779 12/19/18 2:18 pm
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I tried using a siphon type blaster for both soda and glass with no luck, especially if you don't have a compressor with enough volume. Ended up buying this one instead:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/BLACK-BULL-15-lbs-Capacity-Portable-Soda-Blaster-800548/205461774?cm_mmc=Shopping%7CG%7CBase%7CD25H%7CMulti%7CNA%7CPLA%7c71700000032394431%7c58700003837562558%7c92700037599062080&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7bXJ2Yms3wIV0lmGCh2bqQi3EAQYASABEgLhqPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Worked quite well for removing the paint from the heads and cylinders on my Norton without having to take everything apart. Just blocked off the intake and exhaust ports and wrapped everything else up in plastic and went at it.


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Re: DIY soda blaster?
kurt fischer #759784 12/19/18 3:04 pm
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Thanks, Mike. I think my compressor would be too small, too. Another BB member uses the HF kit, and has reported good results.


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Re: DIY soda blaster?
kurt fischer #759789 12/19/18 3:09 pm
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Anything in particular you need blasted Kurt?


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Re: DIY soda blaster?
kurt fischer #759790 12/19/18 3:16 pm
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Hi Kurt--yes--I use the HF kit and have had good results.
My compressor is quite small but I use it in conjunction with another reservoir.
If you want to blast a car body then this is not up to the job.
However for small jobs--not just carbs but also crankcase halves etc I find it OK.
Sometimes you have to wait for the compressor to "catch up" before continuing but normally you have a number of relatively small things to blast so there is time when you are moving components from the "dirty pile" to the "clean pile" etc when the compressor is catching up anyway.
I do the blasting outside on my driveway and just hose the drive down afterwards.
And wash the cleaned components in hot water.
Good thing is that you don't have to worry about the possibility of beads etc in oilways.
Not tried the DIY method you quote but I guess it is worth a try---minimal cost if it doesn't work out.
My experience is that you use quite a lot of the soda so the small box he is using wouldn't go far IME.
HTH

Re: DIY soda blaster?
Tridentman #759792 12/19/18 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Tridentman
My experience is that you use quite a lot of the soda so the small box he is using wouldn't go far IME.
HTH


This for sure. I think I went through 3 50 pound bags doing my Norton.


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Re: DIY soda blaster?
kurt fischer #759794 12/19/18 4:21 pm
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Originally Posted by kurt fischer
Has anyone here actually built -- and used -- this DIY rig?

http://www.how-to-build-hotrods.com/soda-blaster.html


I did, it works reasonably well.
I might add, I used the compressor in the body shop at work so there was no lack of pressure or volume

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Re: DIY soda blaster?
kurt fischer #759821 12/19/18 9:20 pm
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Thanks, everyone. I'm leaning toward the HF unit as Tridentman describes, maybe later in the winter or when the next sale of 25% coupon comes along.

I'd be cleaning engine cases and such, rocker boxes, carbs, etc.

A friend wants to clean up the carb from his late uncle's Mormon, I told him to soak it in kerosene for a couple of weeks and see how it comes out, then consider soda.

Here's a question (don't kill me, please): what would you think of soda blasting an assembled brit bike engine?


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Re: DIY soda blaster?
kurt fischer #759823 12/19/18 9:29 pm
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Originally Posted by kurt fischer


A friend wants to clean up the carb from his late uncle's Mormon ....


Didn't know you could buy those. Do they come with extra wives? whistle

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Re: DIY soda blaster?
kurt fischer #759825 12/19/18 9:35 pm
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Originally Posted by kurt fischer
Thanks, everyone. I'm leaning toward the HF unit as Tridentman describes, maybe later in the winter or when the next sale of 25% coupon comes along.

I'd be cleaning engine cases and such, rocker boxes, carbs, etc.

A friend wants to clean up the carb from his late uncle's Mormon, I told him to soak it in kerosene for a couple of weeks and see how it comes out, then consider soda.

Here's a question (don't kill me, please): what would you think of soda blasting an assembled brit bike engine?



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Re: DIY soda blaster?
kurt fischer #759826 12/19/18 9:50 pm
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Great, Mike ... just what I have in mind .... thanks!


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Re: DIY soda blaster?
Lannis #759827 12/19/18 10:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Lannis
Originally Posted by kurt fischer


A friend wants to clean up the carb from his late uncle's Mormon ....


Didn't know you could buy those. Do they come with extra wives? whistle

Lannis


I see what you did there..took me a minute though.. facepalm laughing


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Re: DIY soda blaster?
shel #759844 12/20/18 1:49 am
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Originally Posted by shel
Originally Posted by kurt fischer
Has anyone here actually built -- and used -- this DIY rig?

http://www.how-to-build-hotrods.com/soda-blaster.html


I did, it works reasonably well.
I might add, I used the compressor in the body shop at work so there was no lack of pressure or volume


Shel, I heard from my friend with the Motor Car carb that he has free access to an industrial strength (big) compressor, so I expect he will toy with the DIY approach. I can see lots of use for the HF kit myself.


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Re: DIY soda blaster?
kurt fischer #759863 12/20/18 11:33 am
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I used a Harbor Freight blaster similar to this, worked great with an ample air supply.

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Another option for finer work is the Paasche Air Eraser, like an abrasive air brush.

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Re: DIY soda blaster?
kurt fischer #759867 12/20/18 1:49 pm
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The air eraser looks interesting. What's the media?


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