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Classic Car Blasting

Epoxy Prime Coated Chassis

GT140

VW Body Pan Completed

Daimler Chassis... Blasting Completed

Chassis in our blasting booth

Two Door Range Rover Chassis

Aluminium Body Shell.. Blasted

Mini Body Shell.. Blasted & Primed

Austin A60 Blasted & Primed

Porsche Body Shell.. Blasted

VW Body Shell.. Blasted & Primed

Further information on blast cleaning body shells.

Car Blast cleaning.

 

There are several options in what type of media materials to employ for car bodyshell blast cleaning below and they all have advantages & disadvantages.

We tend to avoid chilled iron grit or copper slag and any harsh materials as some media products are extremely active to corrosion and or damaging to bodyshells or any other blasting work we carry out.
 
Fine steel grit, this is normally the fastest option, the advantage is it is faster so saving time & material, the disadvantage will be it is very active and will rust very quickly, should any media that may get trapped between panels. We do our utmost to remove this but cannot guarantee this.  This does leave a clean finish and very good for removing corrosion. Note leaves ferrous metals very active and will ginger & rust if left unprotected.
 
 Fine garnet, natural non-silica sand,  advantage the material is inert and will not give rise to any corrosion problems if trapped when dry, disadvantage it can on be recycled a few times and media usage is high therefore making the work more expensive. leaves a good clean finish.  Note leaves ferrous metals very active and will ginger & rust if left unprotected
 
Fine glass bead, this is the best of them all for a fine finish but again usage is high and adds to the final costs.  Advantage leaves the first-class finish, will not give problems if trapped when dry, disadvantage struggles to remove heavy corrosion.  Note leaves ferrous metals very active and will ginger & rust if left unprotected.
 
Normally we tend to recommend the steel grit for the initial work to remove paint & corrosion and any fillers then finish off with glass bead to aid
the body prep work, however, if there are welding and panel replacement work in front of you then steel grit is the best way forward.
Once blast cleaned the steelwork will become very active and within a day of so even if kept dry rust (gingering) will form on the surface and really should be avoided if possible.
 
Plastic media is now being taken out of use due to ongoing pollution concerns in regard to microplastics.  Crushed recycled glass is a fairly green option to employ and material costs are low. the downside to using this is the recycling rate is extremely poor, produces a lot of dust and can leave a rough surface that requires extra work if you would like a cost for this please let us know.
 
Fine glass bead, this is the best of them all for a fine finish but again usage is high and will add to the cost. Advantage leaves the first-class finish, will not give problems if trapped, disadvantage struggles to remove heavy corrosion. Also, the best media to use for the body if of aluminium construction.
 
We tend to recommend the steel grit for the initial work to remove paint & corrosion (not for aluminium bodies)  and any fillers then finish off with glass bead to aid the body prep work, however as you have a lot of welding and no doubt panel replacement work in front of you then at this stage Steel grit is the best way forward.
Once blast cleaned the steelwork will become very active and within a day of so even if kept dry rust (gingering) will form on the surface and really should be avoided if possible.
 
Body fillers will slow down the work and we strongly recommend this all to be removed due to any corrosion hiding in between the body & filler or other unknown problems.
 
Removing underseal or rubber sealants can prove to be  very time & material consuming depending on the quality and age, older and flacking underseal is easier to remove bearing in mind that some car manufacturers such as VW/ BMW etc  tend to use a sealer that is very hard and robust and will be in most cases impossible to remove completely, this can add a significant amount of time money to the blasting work, to save some time & costs we recommend  that if you can try to remove some of this yourself, some underseals can be broken down by white spirt for instance, do not attempt to burn underseal off as it is an extreme fire risk.
 
Clients often ask about damage by blast cleaning and rightly so, as mentioned above and following simple steps every care is taken,we are very aware that careless actions can be very dangerous and expensive, some classic car owners have had the unfortunate experience of choosing the wrong people to carry out such delicate work and paid the price. MSB has the skills and knowhow to finish the work to a good and acceptable standard.
 
Cost tends to vary on each and every vehicle body, some have had a hard life full of damage and general poor repair work to the ones that have been loved and cherished so it really is impossible to pin down a firm cost at the time of the enquiry. We do as said keep the client informed should any surprises become apparent.
 If you want photos taken during the work please supply a clean memory stick and inform the office at the time delivery.
 
What you need to know before hand over.
1. remove all moving parts, inc glass, chromework wire looms, fuel tanks, headlining in fact, all items that do not need a blast cleaning or can be damaged by the process.
2.  It is possible to blast bodies with the rolling gear in place although we do not recommend this as blast media can and will get into moving joints/parts and therefore cannot accept any liability for loss or damage to parts any effected.
 3. Doors, Boot lids, Bonnets and  body panels have weak areas and or of thin gauge material, these areas if blasted may distort, therefore we take great care in avoiding areas like these and further handwork may be required, we will seek your permission to carry out this extra work, around door jams/ bonnet and boot lids and all awkward areas can be blasted its normally the centre of panels are the weakest.
 4. During the blasting work, we will keep you informed should we find anything we consider dangerous and or any unknown damage by email & photos, we may also invite you along to make an inspection.
 5. Where possible the shell should be mounted and bolted to a strong metal or good hardwood frame for transport and handling fitted with large swivel castors.
 6. Once the work has been completed and you have opted for no primer protection you must be in the position to be able to collect the shell within 24 hours from our call.  leaving it any longer is not advisable without any primer protection.
 7. Last but not least do your homework on business that carries out this type of work, it will pay dividends in the long run.
 

Should you still be in doubt you can always call us for sound advice.

Below are photos showing an E-type having been blast cleaned from start to finish.

Austin A60 van blasted & primed off to the custom shop.

Triumph Spitfire  blasted & primed…

Porsche Body Shell… UNCOVERED!

This according to the body shop had been rebuilt and fully repaired by another resto company, however after blast cleaning the bodge work was only to apparent. It pays to do your homework when choosing the right company to carry out this sort of work.

BMW fine bead blasted…

This Mini Clubman in need of some serious restoration & TLC…

Land Rover Bulk head. Ultimate protection system used.
Black phosphate, hot metal zinc coat & plascoat PPA . Sorted for life.

Another example of a blasted & primed finish…

Mini body shell bead blasted & primed…

VW Camper in for some restoration… Before & After shots of some gentle blast cleaning…

Coming along nicely… Now almost rust free!…

Aluminium Alpha body shell carefully bead blasted

No distortion. Total control over blasting pressure and material delivery.

Porsche body shell bead blasted

Taking out all the old body filler and rust, leaving a clean and smooth surface with no distortion.

Nice little Alpha in for blasting in amazing condition…

Here’s the finished Alpha after blast cleaning & prime coated ready for the body shop. Amazing condition!….

Our Opening Times:
Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 12.00pm
Closed Bank Holiday weekends

Tel: 01621 841100
Fax: 01621 842233

Our Address:
Unit 2a, Benbridge Industrial Estate,

Heybridge, Maldon, Essex,
CM9 4ER