How to Improve Classic Car Restoration

After years of dreaming about that 1967 Ford Mustang in dad’s garage, you finally have the time and the space to tackle the ultimate classic car restoration. It’s going to be a big job, but the prospect of a better result achieved more quickly make abrasive blasting an essential tool worthy of the task.

You may choose to spend months with sandpaper and solvents, painstakingly sanding and cleaning the interior, mechanical parts, and that beautiful exterior. Alternatively, blasting offers a faster, safer, more effective option. When it comes to removing paint or cleaning delicate engine components, abrasive blasting does the job better.

Low Impact Engine Cleaning

In addition to numerous complex parts, engines come with years of grease, carbon deposits and other contaminants deposited on delicate engine components. You want to remove those deposits without damaging the attached wires or deforming sensitive parts. Also, you don’t want to experience serious problems later caused by debris left in gaps.

Consider soda blasting for cleaning the engine. It effectively removes dirt, grease, paint and in most cases, a little rust. This leaves the surface characteristics and dimensions undamaged. Furthermore, it leaves no harmful residue because it is water soluble. If needed, more abrasive media, such as glass beads, will remove deeper rust.

You can also clean individual parts with greater precision and operator safety by using a professionally manufactured blast cabinet. Its attached dust collector removes the abrasive media from the work area, improving visibility and reducing clean-up time.

Classic Car Restoration

Fast and Environmentally Friendly Paint Removal

Classic cars typically come complete with layers of old paint, body filler and rust. Though less expensive, hand sanding requires a lot of time and effort. On the other hand, with the right abrasive media you can strip an entire car in hours while protecting the underlying substrate. Some choose chemical stripping, but that can damage the environment and pose a health hazard.

And traditional sandblasting or blasting with glass beads can cause warping or pit the metal surface. However, gentle abrasive powders like soda, work well even on aluminum, fiberglass, chrome, and rubber. And micro abrasive blasting doesn’t cause flash rust because it uses air instead of water. Soda, when used as blasting media, adds temporary rust protection.

Choosing the Right Blasting Media

To achieve the best results with abrasive blasting in classic car restoration, choose the right abrasive powder for the application. Here are a few choices:

  • Aluminum Oxide and Silicon Carbide – This works well for deburring machined parts and bores. A more aggressive media, it also does a nice job on heavy rust spots.
  • Crushed Walnuts – Carbon coating on the inside of your engine can reduce engine efficiency, causing a loss of power. Crushed walnuts offer a great alternative to chemicals for abrasive blasting in classic car restoration. This unique blasting media is very effective for removing carbon build-up in cars with direct injection engines.
  • Plastic Media – Well-liked for use on thin-gauge sheet metals, plastic media removes the paint while leaving the substrate undamaged.
  • Soda Blasting – Soda blasting offers an environmentally-friendly blasting option that is both highly effective and gentle to surfaces of all types. Use it for the removal of surface rust, graffiti, paint, stains, and grease. Yes, this is sodium bicarbonate (like baking soda)!

Abrasive Blasting Equipment for Classic Car Restoration

Airbrasive offers a wide selection of tools and blasting media appropriate for a variety of classic car restoration tasks. We have the tools you need from blasting units and cabinets to custom nozzles and blasting media to get that 67 Mustang in top condition. For machine shops and DIY enthusiasts, we provide the right solutions, backed by Airbrasive’s 100 percent commitment to customer satisfaction.