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#50808 - 01/01/07 8:21 pm vapur blasting  
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Good afternoon,
Anyone on the East coast that has had major aluminum engine parts (not polished covers) vapor blasted? Were you satisfied with result, texture? Could you and would you recommend a vendor to do this. The closer to New England the better.

Happy New Year to all, John


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#50809 - 01/05/07 10:25 pm Re: vapur blasting  
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Good evening,
No response to this inquire so maybe I'll bite the bullet and be the guinea pig. If I do I will report back on the resulta and my take on it.
Best regards to all, John


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#50810 - 01/06/07 7:00 am Re: vapur blasting  
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I have a nice crankcase pair which was vapor blasted and looks great. Bought them from an ebayer who does the blasting at his shop. But he is on the Left coast.......I'd look up who he is if you wanted.

#50811 - 01/07/07 3:22 am Re: vapur blasting  
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leon bee,
Auction on eBay now for the service of someone in the NW. Auction is for up to 10 pieces plus shipping and ins. Real tempted. Sounds as if they have this as a regular service at their shop but are trying to generate another line of business. If you have the name of the shop I would be interested in knowing it.
Thanks for the reply, John


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#50812 - 01/07/07 4:12 am Re: vapur blasting  
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Yes, that is the guy I bought these cases from. I think I still have a flyer about his shop and services, I'll look tomorrow. He seems to be a good ebayer.

#50813 - 01/07/07 5:36 am Re: vapur blasting  
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Pardon my ignorance, but can someone explain what 'vapor blasting' would be? Different than steam blasting, I would assume?


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#50814 - 01/07/07 4:12 pm Re: vapur blasting  
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Gearard,
Vapor blasting is glass blasting beads in water and is comes out more like a slurry. My understanding is this type of mixture softens the harshness of the bead impact and leaves the surface much more like the factory finish than the muted or satin finish of sand or glass beads by themselves. Anyone more knowledgeable about this please chime in if I am off on this.
I currently have two projects I am working on and may try vapor blasting. I have a couple of other things I am going to try first but time will tell.
Hope this helps, John


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#50815 - 01/08/07 8:30 pm Re: vapur blasting  
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#50816 - 01/09/07 4:39 pm Re: vapur blasting  
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Anyone tried Soda Blasting ( baking soda and wheat starch media) It removes heavy baked on oil deposits , even paint but does not remove any parent material at machined surfaces.Washes away with warm water.
It does require a special blast machine which some automotive repair shops have .

#50817 - 01/10/07 4:07 am Re: vapur blasting  
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I remember a fella that had that (soda blasting)done, and had a catastophic experience washing the cases afterwards in the wife's dishwasher...it turned them blackish, as I remember. Having met the wife, I'm sure the possibility of something treacherous is there, but probably not likely?...sounded like some sort of reaction from heat or detergent? He had to have them re-done. Dunno any more, but be advised....

#50818 - 01/11/07 11:58 pm Re: vapur blasting  
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What possesed him to put the cases in a dishwasher?


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#50819 - 01/12/07 3:30 am Re: vapur blasting  
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Soda is a good "mild" cleaning media. I run it in my cabinet from time to time. If you get the proper soda media it can be a very good cleaning agent for alloy.. the "arm and hammer" stuff is just about ok only if you have a big air supply. a good moisture controll and a bunch of time as it is slow.

james

#50820 - 01/12/07 3:31 am Re: vapur blasting  
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oh, I almost forgot-

J Rowe is correct about the water/slurry for vapor blast.. I think it is done mostly with glass media.

james


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