Gimp Dork
8/25/08 6:28 p.m.

Preferably near Millersville, MD. I need to get the Camaro unibody and front subframe soda blasted.

Does anyone have any recommendations? I found once place, but I'm looking for another quote.

mel_horn HalfDork
8/25/08 6:57 p.m.

There was an article in A Certain British Sports Car Magazine That Shall Remain Nameless and his equipment came from Texas.

Although it's no help to you presently my friend has begun investigating it as a service for his company to provide. We're not that far from you. Please share what you find out...

(Is soda blasting the same as media blasting?)

Apexcarver SuperDork
8/25/08 7:23 p.m.

buy the following

a few of these (might find a cheaper option)

and a sifter and media..

and then call me and we get gritty

Nashco Dork
8/25/08 7:24 p.m.

Speaking of soda blasting, I've been really wanting to give it a shot on some projects of mine. Anybody know of any cheapish DIY setups? So far the cheapest I've seen was a smaller blaster at Eastwood (Item 50095) for $230 but it sounds like a converted sand blaster (which is supposedly a long way from optimal, likewise with their adapter to convert a sand blaster to a sode blaster). Eastwood has a small purpose-built soda blaster (Item 11805) for $380 that could do small odd jobs (not a whole car), but that's getting to the price point where I could just pay a pro to do my odd jobs for less money. Most stuff is fine with sand/bead blasting, but for some projects I've been thinking soda would be pretty slick.

Sorry for the threadjack Gimp. Let us know what it ends up costing you. Some places are so cheap for media blasting that it's ridiculous, others not so much.


Gimp Dork
8/25/08 7:36 p.m.

Don't worry about the thread-jack.

Yes, soda is the same a media, just a type of media.

DIY doesn't work, as I don't have a place to do it. Neighbors would be pissed with sodium bicarbonate on their cars too. This is the place I have a quote from. $160 per hour. He guesses 4-6 hours for my car, but he hasn't seen it. 6 hours ain't cheap.

Gimp Dork
8/26/08 11:04 a.m.

Just a bump, for those interested. I've actually abandoned the idea of soda blasting, as I've read some horror stories with paint adhesion if you don't get every little bit of soda off the car. Also, soda basting doesn't remove rusty areas, and I need those out of the way so I can patch.

I'm going with a different media. I was looking for a place that used "StarBlast" media, as it seems better for my application. I found a place that doesn't use the "StarBlast" brand, but another media of the same composition. These guys are doing the blasting. $105 an hour. Once they are done blasting, they are going to it it with a coat of primer. Sight unseen quote for the whole job is $600-800.

I'll report back next week after its all done.

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