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Old 04-06-2017, 12:17 PM
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Cheap and easy soda blasting at home

So I heard about a cheap trick to clean up parts.

I didn't want to wash these parts and i don't have a blaster.

My heater control valve needs rebuilding. I can't get parts for it but have found a guy in the states that can rebuild it for $100. But I didn't want to send it to him all cruddy.

So I rigged up a cheap soda blaster. I know soda on this form (it's literally a $3 pack of bi-carb soda from Coles) won't remove rust. I just wanted it clean.

8mm plastic tube, into the air blower on the compressor, crank it up to 150 psi, dunk it in the bi-carb and off we go. 5 mins later.....dine. See before and after pics below.

If I wanted to improve this, I would rig up and empty coke bottle, upside down so it gravity feeds with tube connected to the cap end. I could also buy a 50 litre plastic box from Bunnings, cut two holes for gloves and use sand and make it a proper sand blaster for under $50.

Anyway for 5 mins and $3 can't complain about the result. It's off to the US tomorrow.






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Old 04-06-2017, 04:08 PM
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Cool.

FYI, you can buy gravity feed guns for pretty cheap. I wouldn't want to do an entire car with one, but if you've got the blasting media and an air compressor, they're great for doing the little things.

http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/Pro...n-600mL/214306
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Not to take anything away from your "adapt and overcome" today Chris.

I have one of these turders, $300 well spent.

If you have the space to store it, do it....

If I had the room I'd have 2-4 with different media in each

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I hear ya Jim days like today I wish I had one. I needed a cheap and easy clean up so $3 well spent but funnily enough I've been looking at those tonight
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I hear ya Jim days like today I wish I had one. I needed a cheap and easy clean up so $3 well spent but funnily enough I've been looking at those tonight
Chris, the amount of stuff I've blasted with mine would blow your mind.

I've been doing some zinc plating of small parts recently, starting out with garnet to prep for zinc and finishing up with a super fine glass



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Wow. That's awesome Jim. I really don't have much to do but I'm guessing once you have a cabinet you will find lots of stuff that needs to be cleaned up
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Look at either of your cars, do you see any rusty bolts or brackets?

Once you start, there's no end
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Yep me too, I have it mounted to a pallet so its easy move around, and easy to store.

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Great idea. Don't forget to share it on V8 Buick (if you haven't done so already)
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I watched a few youtube videos on this DIY soda blasting the other day, seems to be a cheap way to get some decent results on smaller parts:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM9gKJjVV2w

On a similar note, I have noticed somebody advertising vapour blasting here locally lately, the results from this look impressive.

Great thread Chris.
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