What is Vapour Blasting?

Why choose Vapour Blasting?

Vapour blasting, or aqua blasting, is the process for you if you have aluminium engine components that you want cleaned to the highest standard.  Vapour blasting peens items leaving them with a satin shine, that really can’t be beaten.  This is a particularly great system when cleaning motorbike engine casings, engine blocks, or carburetors – where re-painting or leaving as they are just wouldn’t do the components justice.

Aluminium isn’t the only metal that aqua blasting provides a fantastic finish to.  Bronze, copper and brass are amongst the suitable materials that are perfect for the vapour blasting process.

We call this particular method of cleaning ‘Vapour Blasting’ to keep it simple.  In reality, your items can undergo up to a 14 point process – which includes hot washing, ultrasonic cleaning and the vapour blasting process itself.  This is agreed in advance, with all work discussed with you.

What is Vapour Blasting?

Our Vapour Blast machine uses compressed air to propel water and an abrasive medium from a nozzle onto a surface.  This provides very effective, environmentally friendly, closed loop surface cleaning.

The glass bead used in the system is mixed with water to form a slurry and is blasted at the component. The water buffers the particles on impact allowing very fine finishes to be produced without damage to the component.

The vapour blasting process is suitable for aluminium, bronze, magnesium, titanium, brass, copper etc. It will gently clean the surface without damage and leaves a satin finish that is very easy to keep clean.  Please be aware that any items that rust cannot be vapour blasted, as they will oxodise instantly.

Whilst every care is taken to ensure there is no glass bead remaining, we do advise that you rewash all parts again before fitting.

Due to the machinery used to complete this process, we are able to offer this cleaning process ‘in-house’ only.  The blasting cabinet is approximately 0.8m high by 1.09m wide, items larger than this would require a different process.

Is there a Vapour Blasting Service Near Me?

Our vapour blaster is a fixed machine, located within our Wolverhampton facility.  Due to the size of the machine, and the additional systems included within the process, we are unable to offer a mobile service.

Not local to Wolverhampton?  Not a problem – we’re happy to receive and return items via courier services.

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.

Keep reading to find out more about how Vapour Blasting can help you.

What surfaces does vapour blasting work on?

Surfaces vapour blasting are suitable for include:

  • Aluminium
  • Titanium
  • Copper
  • Bronze
  • Magnesium
  • Brass

Is rusting a problem with vapour blasting?

Yes, unfortunately we are unable to vapour blast items that rust.  Instead, we offer soda and media blasting alternatives.

Where is the work completed?

Work would be completed within our vapour blasting unit, located in Wolverhampton, West Midlands.

Why are your prices not fixed?

To ensure we offer you the best rates possible, we often need to complete a test patch on the surface that requires attention.  As some items may take a little longer than others, the price will alter accordingly.  Once we have provided a quote, you can rest assured this will not change, even if – on the odd occasion – the work takes a little longer than expected.

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 you with your blast cleaning needs.