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Old 05-27-2006, 08:57 PM
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What is the best alternative on a budget to get upper and lower controls arms down to bare metal,other than sandblasting or dipping.Thanks all for your inputs.

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Old 05-27-2006, 09:22 PM
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I guess some kind of striper like aircraft striper would do the job but sand blasting is good fun and fast too. I would loan you my setup but your kind of far away.
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Old 05-27-2006, 09:27 PM
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Thanks for the offer Weirdbeard.
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Degreaser and scrapper to remove the heavy junk, wire brush on a drill for the rest. Naval jelly or phosphoric acid to remove the rust. If you have a lot of time instead of the naval jelly pour vinegar into a plastic tote. Put the parts in the tote and make sure the parts are covered with vinegar. Let the parts sit in it the covered tote for a couple of weeks to remove the rust. They will come out looking like they are brand new.
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A budget shouldn't be a problem for something that small,I have a sandblasting buisness,and people bring me small items all the time,I just hold them in my shop till I am doing a big job,then with the blaster running,I do all the small stuff as well for a minimal charge,a set of arms would be ten or twenty dollars,probably what you would spend on degreaser and stripper,maybe even less.

Check with your local blaster and see.

Four control arms would take me about five minutes actual blasting time.
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Old 05-28-2006, 11:42 AM
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I have run a lot of stuff down to the grave stone place and had him sand blast stuff for me. He works cheap and usually right while I wait (if I call first).
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