This is long-time reader Peter P. who is starting to blast the paint off his soon-to-be amphibious ride. We’ve never tried this method in the Toolmonger shop — normally opting for bead blasting ourselves — here Peter is working a soda blast rig.
Soda Blasting is relatively new, as far as we know, but the proponents of the system say it’s the new hotness to strip paint and/or clean hard surfaces. The blasting machine uses compressed air to pump baking soda onto the surface to be stripped. It’s about the same as sand blasting, but less abrasive as far as we’ve heard.
Many folks say it’s less hard on the environment but I always thought sand didn’t really hurt the environment anyway since it came from there in the first place. It’s all the crap you blew off the nasty object you just cleaned you need to worry about. However, I may just be thinking about this wrong and someone needs to school me.
In any event, keep posting up the pics, Peter, it looks like it’s coming along great!
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