Bike Restoration

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Blast Cleaning & Media

If you’re here, you’re probably curious about what goes into blast cleaning. Where did the concept of blast cleaning come from? When is blast cleaning generally required? What materials are used in the blast cleaning process? It’s all really quite interesting – well, we think so anyway! So let’s strip it all back to basics …

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Blast Cleaning for Motorcycles – Behind the Scenes at SBL

Blast cleaning for motorbikes If you’re looking into options around blast cleaning for motorbikes, we can help. There’s nothing quite like getting on your motorbike and having the wind blow through your hair – under your crash helmet of course! A motorcycle ride does wonders to blow the cobwebs away and reinvigorate your love of …

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What is Vapour Blasting / Aqua Blasting?

Vapour blasting is an essential metal cleaning and finishing process, but how does it work? What’s involved? What can a customer expect? Let’s take a look. Vapour blasting (also called aqua blasting, slurry blasting, bead blasting, or wet abrasive blasting) is a great option for those who need engine components cleaned to an impeccable standard, …

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Kawasaki Carbs

These carbs are another example of our vapour blasting work.  When they arrived at our Unit, they looked well used and dirty.  By the time they’d been vapour blasted, washed and oiled, they were almost as good as new!      

Motorbike Wheels

These motorbike wheels were initially soda blasted, to remove the paint, and then vapour blasted, to give them a better finish.  The owner plans to re-paint them, but we think they look great as they are!   After being soda blasted:   Once vapour blasted blasted:  

Racing Quad Bike Engine

These components of an engine are from a quad bike used in UK racing.  We cleaned them using our vapour blasting process, leaving them spotless and with that satin sheen that the process is perfect for. As they arrived: And once cleaned:

Triumph 3 Cylinder Motorbike

Here’s another example of the huge difference our vapour blasting facilities make.  These various components make up a Triumph 3 cylinder motorbike. These are the ‘Before’ photos:     And once work was completed: