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08-19-2010 04:12 PM
gatorblaster
Im in North Georgia if anyone is interested.

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08-12-2010 10:11 PM
mechEcwru It's all about location! They guy I use charges per hour and his bread and butter is industrial but does cars for guys like me and also some high end shops in the area.

First gen. Firebird Frame+control arms-sway bar+cross member and shot peen front coil springs for $150.00

Blasted full A-body Frame and suspenion(control arms, trailing links, springs) (I stripped the undercoating and heavy gunk)for $220.00

1968 Firebird floors top and bottom, full trunk, all the inside and all the edges (car not on a rotisserie) for 275.00
08-12-2010 08:32 PM
MUD MANIAC 44 with starblast you need dry air to avoid clogginng issues.here in florida the humidity as you know is teribble[it is a pretty fine media}...also cut your grit valve way back ,you don't set it like you would silica....in this case less is better it will still do the same amount of work for you using less material my.02 ...we also reuse it when we are doing interior tank jobs.....so if you can reclaim it...but smaller jobs probably not worth all the effort
08-11-2010 07:11 AM
deadbodyman Speaking of getting older ......Happy birthday Shine ....You old fart..
08-11-2010 06:25 AM
deadbodyman Heart burn....acid reflux....irritable bowel syndrome.....?????? I thought soda was a base (the opposite of acid) and it neutralizes acid .....So using soda is a no-no even if you wash with soapy water before priming??? I remember maybe 10yrs ago when everyone thought soda was gods gift to us bodymen ,I'm glad I didnt jump on that wagon....I'm gonna go find me some of that star blast for my cabinet and pressure blaster I gotta another frame to do...I'm making a rotisserie first though I'm tired of flipping those frames over...I guess I'm getting older....I dare say smarter....
08-10-2010 12:41 PM
shine
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grinding doesn't warp because you are cutting rust or paint off. when you blast you must stay 45 degrees of the surface to cut the rust off. if you get 90 degrees you are peening ( stretching it ) the metal and actually driving the rust into the metal. but dont use sand. forget the silica hazard , it promotes rust .
soda removes no rust . it is also acidic and we know what that causes.
08-10-2010 12:39 PM
shine grinding doesn't warp because you are cutting rust or paint off. when you blast you must stay 45 degrees of the surface to cut the rust off. if you get 90 degrees you are peening ( stretching it ) the metal and actually driving the rust into the metal. but dont use sand. forget the silica hazard , it promotes rust .
08-10-2010 11:19 AM
deadbodyman Thats what scares the crap outta me ,someone warping a car and then I have the responsibility of fixing it for free....now if I was to warp one thats my fault and a different matter all together....
does anyone know if soda will warp a car. it dosn't do much for getting rid of rust either ...does it???? the only thing I've ever blasted was frames and small stuff in my cabinet...
08-10-2010 08:06 AM
shine i put in my blasting shop for my own use for the most part. i don't do trailers or junk . one thing for sure is i'm not suiting up for 3 or 4 hundred dollars. dance with that 1 1/4 hose for a few hours and you will understand. fuel is high and so is media. it takes about 3 hours to clean the car and the blast booth when done. i don't use sand as it promotes rust. i researched this for a year before investing. at first i was going to do soda. didn't take long to pass on that. star blast is by far one of the best medias but it is dark in color and kills the light in the booth. olivine is good but a little more aggressive . acrylic is expensive but a must for glass . corn cob works good . i have my rig dialed down to 30 lbs and i can still warp metal in a heartbeat. anything that leaves an anchor pattern can warp . be sure it is someone who does cars , if they warp your sheet metal your toast as you will never prove they did it.
08-09-2010 07:22 PM
2ndchanceauto the last three cars i had done here cost about 800 to 1000 for a rolling car no blasting underneat. but i think his price is the same if you deliver it on a rotissory
08-09-2010 10:53 AM
deadbodyman Man ,Try to find a blasting shop in the yellow pages here in augusta and your S.O.L.....There was one shop but not any more it wasnt mobile either...
I'll bet it would take off just as quick here,too....
Now where did I put that fifty grand ????
08-09-2010 08:07 AM
BarryK The mobile deal is the way to go, there is a guy I used on and off for last 20 years, he is a preacher but has a sand blasting system.

He does have a policy that if he comes to your place, its a minimum of $850 to make it worth while, I think that is fair.

A lot of times, when I'm ready he is booked up for two weeks and I end up blasting myself, that is the only drawback to him is he is busy.

Another friend who owns a restoration shop in the GA mountains, just opened a sandblasting and soda blasting shop next to his body shop.

It was a $45,000 investment and when asked I said you are nuts, well he smart enough not to take my advice and the guy has been booked solid since second week and has hired two extra guys. He is getting about $1000 for 69 camaro type car in and out.

Great business, for sure.
08-09-2010 06:23 AM
deadbodyman WOW, thats in great shape...A mobile service really sounds like the way to go..
08-08-2010 11:39 PM
dual4 here is some pics of my recent blast job.. he was mobile and came out to the farm. he used sand and didnt hurt a thing, he stayed away from 1/4s and did all that you can see.only took a little over a hour. i used aircraft stripper to get all the factory undercoating off. he would have been there alot longer if i had not done it in the first place..

only cost $160 and that was with a $20+ tip. he charges $90 a hour. i thought he charged 75 a hour. he figured about 175 but that was before he came out and it went really fast. me stripping the cars undercoating really helped keep the cost low



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08-06-2010 04:15 PM
MUD MANIAC 44 thanks deadbody man for the info....i sent you a pm with my info...thanks to all, for your input
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