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I'm considering media blasting a set of fenders. Any advice regarding them? Are cheap models actually useable?
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I just ordered a spot blaster from Harbour Freight (45998-1VGA) for $20. A friend of mine has one and swears by it. Stuff I've seen done with it looks good. Figured for $20 I'd take a chance.
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I have always been told not to sand blast body sheetmetal as it can warp the metal. I'd chem strip them and then use electrolysis to remove any rust.
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i have no tech to add to this thread but.....if i was to sand blast or media blast some minnesota zuk sheet metal, it would do more than get distorted, it would virtually disapear.
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I spot blasted my samurai a couple of years ago. I used a pressure pot so I was carefull to stay away from the larger
panels. Blasting will sure show you where the rust is. I was shocked. on the other hand you get all the rust. On the down side I had sand coming out of nocks and crannys for a year. Use a pressure pot, the models where you use a pickup tube in a container of sand are useless. I had one of the little handheld spot blasters and it will work ok for small areas. I did a set of wheels and it took about 3 hrs.
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I agree on the cheapo units . I have a suction type, cost like $18 . It does work , but you'll need a serious volume of air to run it as well as 150psi to make it work decent . I wouldn't use anything coarse , maybe very fine silica sand or even a medium ground or beaded glass . The glass bead will resemble the finish on your intake.... clean with almost no surface changes .
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places that make gravestones will often do sandblasting for cheap. they have all the equipment and spend half their days twiddling thumbs. my brother has had several sets of wheels, other stuff done there.
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Don't know much about the units but here where I live in Ct there are sometimes of enviromental concerns with sandblasting. I am not too sure what they are but is is something to due with recovery of the sand. Jim
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