Soda Blasting Paint Stripping - Master Blaster

A Different Type of Stripping

Jake Amatisto Oct 18, 2012 0 Comment(s)
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Here’s an area that the soda blasting uncovered. Apparently there was some very light bodywork done to the car over the years, but nothing major. We were just glad there wasn’t another gaping hole here.

We were leery about the bodywork and paint on our newest project car, a ’63 Nova we’ve dubbed “The Hellion”, but we really didn’t want to take the car out of its running condition before we absolutely had to. Getting it sand blasted would require us to pull the glass and the trim and basically render the car undriveable for a while before we could afford to get it painted, so we made plans to drive the car to Cal Blast, get it stripped, and drive it with its metal and old dents all exposed until we had the scratch to paint it. We bought the car knowing there were about seven rot holes in the body, but it was relatively straight. Also, when we pulled the interior out, we were glad to see the floor was solid and lacking any rust holes. Still, we wanted to make sure there wasn’t any other hidden, worse rot under the paint. We originally were going to use good old-fashioned elbow grease to remove the paint ourselves using Aircraft Stripper and power tools, but it turned out our elbows didn’t have as much grease as we thought.

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In one day we went from a curdled cream–colored Nova that had us wondering how much of it was made of Bondo, to a clean all-metal project ready and begging to be worked on. Follow the next few pages to see how it’s done—maybe Cal Blast can help you with your next project.

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The soda carbonate media will leave an invisible film on the car that prevents it from developing surface rust. Yes, we did drive it for about a month with it all metal, and it still held this cool, wet metal look. If the body had less dents we’d probably just clear over the metal. Albert De Alba Sr. says you can actually have the car like this for a couple rainy days without any serious threat of surface rust; just remember to wash the exterior with soapy water before you plan on shooting primer, because it can potentially cause issues with the paint sticking.


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