Wet Blasting – Making old new again.

September 15, 2016 in Autohaus Hamilton News

Old school is such a large part of our business here at Autohaus Hamilton, we’re always looking for new ways to restore and conserve parts. Always looking into new technologies which can basically blast the rust, grime and years of residue away whilst adding a coating to maintain its new condition.

Que ‘Dana Ridge’ and their wet blasting cabinet goodness! What’s wet blasting? Wet blast cabinets use a wide range of abrasive media very similar to dry blast cabinets. Glass bead is the most common abrasive used, due to the exceptionally bright finish that resists fingerprinting. However, you can also use aluminium oxide, crushed glass, garnet, plastic, apricot kernel, walnut shell, and even sodium bicarbonate. The only abrasive that you can not use in a wet blast cabinet machine is steel or stainless steel shot and cut wire.

Whilst being blasted they are also coated with a special mixture of chemicals which in turn keep the part looking fresh and clean. Some of the benefits of the Wet Blasting Process are:

  • Single operation cleaning – grease, oil, burnt-on carbon, paint, grime, scale, etc… all removed simultaneously;
  • Complete elimination of dust;
  • No toxic or harmful chemicals – no atmospheric or environmental pollution;
  • No component erosion or impregnation – critical measurements maintained;
  • Simultaneous rust inhibition (if required);
  • Capability of processing all types of material;
  • Much lower media consumption and maintenance cost than conventional dry blasting.

All this information is great, but let’s let some photos do the talking – here’s something very simple, a petrol cap from a 901 2.2L:

 

Seen enough? Got a few parts which need cleaning? Or would like to make a booking? Call us on (02) 9417 0911 or email us on service@autohaushamilton.com.au