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Old 03-02-2005, 07:41 PM
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Any thoughts on blasting with Starblast

I'm new here
I'd like to ask a question on blasting a body shell.
Has anyone used a product called starblast and so you think it leaves too coarse of a base for bodywork or does it warp panels like sand. The shop doing the blasting seems to have a lot of car work and seems to know how to do it right. I saw at least 6 car bodies there already blasted and they looked clean and ready to go.
Also what would I start the bodywork with a wash then epoxy or just epoxy or something else
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ok newb mistake.
first time I did a search on starblast and didnt get anything. second time I did a search on "blasting" and got more info than I bargined for.
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I just got some 46 grit aluminum oxide to try on my '47 Ford. The interior is extremely rusty. My plan is to start out with around 50 PSI and see what happens. I'm hoping to do the complete inside and shoot 2 coats of epoxy primer in one day, then the exterior with 2 coats another day. Unfortunately it won't be right away, as I have a heart "procedure" coming up next week.

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Keep in mind some of the rules of blasting.
1) blasting agent will get in everywhere, weather you want it there or not.
2) Blasting agent will not come out of the hideing places until you are already painting.
3) It will make a mess.
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Keep in mind some of the rules of blasting.
1) blasting agent will get in everywhere, weather you want it there or not.
2) Blasting agent will not come out of the hideing places until you are already painting.
3) It will make a mess.
Well put, even if you can blast the entire car in 2 hours, you still have 2 days of cleaning, blowing, and vaccuming before you can primer.
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I'm gonna tape off the entrance to my carport with plastic sheet and blast in the enclosed area. I have a 48" ceiling fan with prefilters that I will run while doing this. I'm hoping to reclaim as much of the AL-OX as possible, the info I've seen says it can be recycled as many as 80 - 100 times. Also says "very low dust make" so we'll see...

That said, any other opinions will be welcome!
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If it is a stripped shell, you may be alright, except you won't get it blased and primered in one day. It will realistically take a day or more to get it all cleaned out after blasting. If there are any moving parts still in the area, they will likely be ruined. That includes windshield wiper parts, window regulators, hinges, etc.

If you are going to do it in an enclosed area, make sure that you use a good respirator and complete body protection. You may be able to collect the medium and re-use it, but it will be mixed with the stuff that you are blasting off.
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Old 03-05-2005, 06:41 PM
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Completely stripped body shell on a rotisierre with frame separated. I will wear a dust mask and full body suit.

Can the trash be separated out with a sieve of some kind?
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