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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Jaguar XK150

A well recognised car in the classic world – although there’s been some dispute over whether this particular vehicle is an XK150 or an XK140! The XK’s are much loved by many drivers of classic vehicles, becoming increasingly popular in the shadow of their 1960’s replacement – the E Type. This particular XK is currently …

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Chevy Carbs

These Chevvy Carbs were cleaned using bicarbonate of soda.  It removed years of wear and tear, dirt and grime.  We’re able to clean carbs using soda blasting, vapour blasting, or a mixture of the two methods, depending on the finish required by the owner.  

Nissan 240z

This Nissan 240z was in a very sorry state when it arrived at our premises.  Its owner has taken on the time consuming challenge of restoring it in its entirety.  We’re hoping for some updates soon, but here’s how it arrived and then left our Unit:     Once blast cleaned and primed:    

Hardwood Dresser

*** Please note that we are currently unable to offer this service.  Due to the high air pressure used when blast cleaning, pitting/denting wood – with the exception of oak – is almost unavoidable.  As the finish provided is not one we would be content with on our own belongings, we have taken the decision …

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Pedal Car

This Pedal Car was in much need of a re-paint.  It’s owner dropped it off to have the old paint removed, as he was aware it would be a much quicker process than trying to sand the car down by hand!     It was certainly a first for us to work on!   

Lanchester Leda

Another unusual car was recently delivered to us to completely blast clean.  The owner likened it to a London Black Cab when first describing it.  This Lanchester Leda is being completely restored, and needed the old paint/rust stripping away, and then a protective coat of Primer adding.  Here’s the car as it arrived:      …

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1971 Citroen DS

This Citroen DS is currently undergoing a complete restoration.  The owner, Hazi, is an avid fan of the DS and searched for a long time to find the right one.  You can read about the history of the car (which incidentally began life in Kenya and wasn’t imported into the UK until 2010!) and keep …

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1950’s Hearse

This 1950’s hearse is the perfect example to why soda blasting is the best method of paint removal.  Being a vintage vehicle, it had been ‘touched up’ and re-painted several times, meaning each panel of the bodywork needed to be intensely cleaned. Had other methods of blast cleaning been used, there would have been a …

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