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Old 08-24-2014, 04:26 AM   #1
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Vapor blasting in ATL area?

Anyone know of a company that does vapor blasting in the Atlanta / Stone Mountain area?
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:58 AM   #2
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In case anyone in the ATL area is also looking, I found this company just west of town:

Peening Technologies of Georgia, Inc.
3117 Emery Circle
Austell, GA 30168 USA

Phone: 770-941-9573 fax: 770-941-1794
http://peentech.com/shotPeening.cfm

"Abrasive Blasting & Vapor Blasting Abrasive Blasting is done to remove surface contaminates such as rust, paint, scale, etc. Vapor blasting is done using a fine abrasive mixed with water to lightly clean parts. Peening Technologies offers grit blasting, vapor blasting, plastic bead and wet and dry glass bead blasting to meet your requirements. We have a number of blast cabinets including walk-in blast rooms."
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Never heard of vapor blasting, how rough is it? I know water power can range from a garden hose to a steel cutting water jet. Where does this fall in the range?
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More than I can describe here:
https://www.google.com/search?q=vapor+blasting
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Sorry for brevity, on a phone call. Vapor blasting (from what I've read) is very similar in force to dry soda/glass bead blasting. It provides an OEM satin finish or the original textured feel for sand cast aluminum parts.

I was going to have my cases soda blasted until I read more about vapor blasting this morning.
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Also known as dry ice blasting ????




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Vapor blasting uses a water/media slurry. Dry ice doesn't use water - just the ice.
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I was going to have my cases soda blasted until I read more about vapor blasting this morning.
Can you elaborate? I've only ever heard people rave about it. What changed your mind?
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Sorry for brevity, on a phone call. Vapor blasting (from what I've read) is very similar in force to dry soda/glass bead blasting. It provides an OEM satin finish or the original textured feel for sand cast aluminum parts.

I was going to have my cases soda blasted until I read more about vapor blasting this morning.
The problem with vapor blasting is similar to that of dry abrasive blasting. You're still using a very hard abrasive that's impossible to remove completely. It's not a very good idea to use it on mechanical parts. Soda is water soluble and can be dissolved easily, leaving no residue.
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The problem with vapor blasting is similar to that of dry abrasive blasting. You're still using a very hard abrasive that's impossible to remove completely. It's not a very good idea to use it on mechanical parts. Soda is water soluble and can be dissolved easily, leaving no residue.
I called the local vapor blasting company today and as he explained what they do (hands on, not what you can read in a marketing page).. it became clear that this was just glass beading with added water. Same bearing problems you allude to ttpete.

Going back to my original plan of having it all soda blasted.

Sorry for hte false alarm
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Vapor blasting uses a water/media slurry. Dry ice doesn't use water - just the ice.
Therefore there would be no residue left to clean up other than the dirt and debris removed from the surfaces.


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I called the local vapor blasting company today and as he explained what they do (hands on, not what you can read in a marketing page).. it became clear that this was just glass beading with added water. Same bearing problems you allude to ttpete.

Going back to my original plan of having it all soda blasted.

Sorry for hte false alarm
I think you're selling it short there. It gives a fantastic easy to clean finish on aluminium.

I had a vapour blasting machine so have a good idea of the pros and cons of the process. The finish is fantastic, much better than soda blasting which I've always found disappointing. However as mentioned the beads get everywhere and need a process of their own to clean them out. I always ultrasonically cleaned a part twice after blasting. I'd be very, very wary of putting crank cases through a vapour blaster.
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