What is Soda Blasting?

Why choose Soda Blasting?

Soda blasting has several positive qualities.  Traditional sand blasting – and its new age replacements – cause heat to build up during the blast cleaning process.  With thinner steel, and most definitely aluminium, this can cause panel distortion and warping.  Soda blasting does not have this risk.  Soda blasting cannot heat distort panels.

If you need a reliable system to strip coatings from fibreglass / carbon fibre, soda blasting is the most effective option on the market.  Unlike other blast cleaning and paint stripping methods, soda stops when it reaches the substrate.  This means that when the coatings are stripped away, we won’t damage the fibreglass, steel, aluminium etc that lies underneath.  Other techniques can cause pitting to the surface material if the media is propelled onto the same area for too long, whereas soda will not.

The sodium bicarbonate we use is a specially formulated type of baking soda. This non-toxic, food-grade material is 100% water soluble and environmentally safe.  Soda blasting is the safest and most environmentally friendly alternative to sand blasting and grit blasting.

What is Soda blasting?

Soda blasting is probably the safest and least abrasive way to strip paint and contaminants from surfaces. As soda crystals make contact with a surface, they are fractured, causing them to break apart.   This blast cleaning method peels away coatings using energy created by the tiny soda crystals breaking apart.  The crystals are propelled onto a surface using compressed air, through a machine that is controlled by the operator – usually Dave or James in our case!  Soda blasting is considered revolutionary because it is unlike other blasting methods that use the roughness of a chosen media to scratch away surface coatings.


Is there a Soda Blasting Service Near Me?

Soda Blasting Ltd has its base in the West Midlands, making it a convenient location to travel to and from.  We ask if items can be brought to our premises when possible, but regularly travel to complete work ‘on site’. The main areas we cover include:

  • North West – Manchester, Liverpool, Chester
  • West Midlands – Wolverhampton, Birmingham
  • East Midlands – Nottingham, Derby, Coventry, Leicester 
  • Cotswolds Area – Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bristol, Stroud, Bath
  • Wales – North and South

Our experience is second to none, so if you really do want the best in the industry, please get in touch here to find out if we can come to you.

What surfaces does soda blasting work on?

There is an extensive list of surfaces that soda is safe to use on.  The most popular include:

  • Carbon fibre
  • Steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Fibreglass
  • Aluminium
  • GRP
  • Brick

If you are looking to restore or clean a surface and you can’t see it listed, it’s worth contacting us to see if we can help.  Alternatively, why not take a look at our other cleaning methods, which include media blasting and vapour blasting (sometimes known as aqua blasting)

Call us now on 0800 7747632 for more information.

Is soda blasting better than sand blasting or grit blasting?

Unlike grit or sand blasting, which work by abrasion, soda blasting works by shattering soda crystals and transferring energy to the surface coating, which then breaks off.  The operator controls the process by reducing the air pressure used to fire the soda or by increasing/decreasing water usage (when ‘wet blasting’ items).  As the soda can be closely controlled it is one of the safest methods of cleaning.

Is there any heat build up?

Unlike sand blasting, no heat build up is caused when using soda, eliminating the risk of warping metal surfaces.

Is soda blasting a noisy process?

As a large compressor is used, soda blasting is a relatively noisy process.  Operators are required to wear ear protection whilst the compressor is running and request that anyone in the immediate area do the same.

Is rusting a problem with soda blasting?

Ferrous metals that have been sand blasted require immediate coating to prevent rusting.  In contrast, soda blasting significantly reduces the rate of rusting, so the metal can be coated several days after blasting.  It is worth noting that items will need residual soda washing off before a new coating is applied.  Our paint priming service is a great option to help prevent rusting following blast cleaning.

Can SBL remove lead based paint from buildings?

Due to new regulations, additional care must be taken when working on any property built before 1993, as it is likely to have been painted using a lead-based paint.

Within smaller, residential properties, we will complete our own lead test to check whether lead is present.  Larger-scale building will require a lead test to be completed by a third party.

We CAN still remove paint if checks show a lead content, however additional safety measures need to be taken, all of which we can discuss with you and arrange as necessary.

Lead has proven to be a significant health risk and should not be ignored.

Where is the work completed?

We are pleased to offer soda blasting services in our purpose built Blast Room within our Unit in Wolverhampton, West Midlands.  We are also fully mobile and can complete work on site when needed, however if an item is ‘moveable’ we ask that it’s bought to us.

What about pre and post clean up?

As soda causes no damage to the surrounding environment, very little clean up is required.  If sensitive equipment is near by or work is to be completed in a busy area, we would advice masking or tenting the item before commencing work.

How much does it cost? Are your prices fixed?

To ensure we offer you the best rates possible, we often need to complete a test patch on the surface that requires work.  As some items may need more attention than others, for example vehicle bodywork may have several layers of paint to remove, the price will vary accordingly.  Once we have given you a quote you can rest assured this will not change, even if – on the odd occasion – the work takes a little longer than expected.

Is it more expensive to complete work at my address?

Depending what you’re looking to have blast cleaned, it is often a little more expensive if we work at your address. When completing work away from our industrial units, we need to factor in additional running costs to your quotation.  This includes travel as well as running costs of equipment, such as the mobile compressor.

Why choose Soda Blasting Ltd?

As a family-run business, we are proud to be friendly, reliable and efficient.  Offering the most effective range of blast cleaning solutions on the market, along with in-house and mobile services, ensures we are always able to help with your blast cleaning needs.

Do you have an examples of soda blasting work completed by SBL?

Yes! Here’s a few examples of items cleaned using bicarbonate of soda.  You can find plenty more on our Projects section.