Soda Blasting to Remove Boat Bottom PaintIt's not too early to get a start on boat maintenance for the upcoming boating season. Weather permitting, we can soda blast year-round. This is a 30' sailboat we did in February at the Old Bay Marina in Sparrows Point, Maryland.
Clean-UpThe spent soda and old paint are picked up and removed for disposal.
Soda Blasting a Corvette to Remove PaintThis is another classic Vet we were recently called to soda blast. The owners painter of choice advised soda blasting to get the job done, safely, fast and thoroughly. This is a very nice 1971 model in really solid condition, in Crownsville, Maryland. The car was ready with everything removed that would normally come off for painting.
BarnaclesThis is what happens when your anti-fouling coating is exhausted. The new owner was faced with the daunting task of re-habing the hull, first of all, what is under all of this accumulation. The barnacles had to be hand scraped, they were too thick for chemicals.
Cheap InsuranceIt pays to keep up with the hull maintenance. Regular stripping by soda blasting and re-coating with anti-fouling paint is fast and insures your hull is protected.
High Profile CarYou might recognize this classic car from its appearance in the movie "Hair Spray". It was also the Corvette car that Cal Ripken Jr. rode around Camden Yards at his last major league game. This is that car, and it is due for some TLC.
Part of the RestorationA.C.E.S. does top quality work and we feel proud to participate in this project. Chemical stripper was tried initially but was not working to satisfaction. The priority was to safely remove the old lacquer paint with out damage to the 50 year old fiberglass underneath. This is where we came in to help. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0WyfmNmpTI
Clean-Up And Safety ConcernsClean-up and safety are always a concern. With soda blasting, we completed the stripping process in the owners driveway, and clean-up was accomplished with the next rainy day!
We hope to have some pictures of the progress and finished project to post in the future.
Soda Blasting to Remove Boat PaintThis looks like an early start on boating season, thanks to a very mild winter. If you had your bottom paint removed at the end of last year, then your hull has dried all winter. You can paint and go.
Soda Blasting vs Hand SandingIt is very easy to get a little heavy handed with sanding and dig into the gel coat in places, especially edges and hard to reach surfaces. With soda blasting we can better judge the subtle color changes between paint and the gel coat surface. We can leave the gel coat intact while removing only the surface paint.
Containment and Clean UpOf concern to the marina owners is our containment and clean-up of the bottom paint. The EPA is taking a greater interest in bottom paint as a hazardous substance. We take care to lay plastic on the ground and surround the boat with a plastic tent to contain all of the material removed in the stripping process. This is then picked up and properly disposed of.
Hoping There Are No SurprisesThe body looks clean and straight with only some minor appearing issues, but you never know what is really under the paint.
Restoration after a fireThis is another job we completed recently in Silver Springs, Maryland. Nichols Brothers Construction, located in Fulton Maryland, handled the repairs resulting from a fire at a private residence. With the work completed, the only thing left was to deal with the scarred brick.
Who do you call?Matt, from Nichols' Brothers, contacted us to do the clean-up. We at Green Clean Mobile Soda Blasting, LLC realize that when working at somebody's home we don't want to use anything toxic or hazardous or leave behind a bigger mess than we are cleaning. Soda blasting is economical and the obvious choice for all of these reasons.
We soda blasted this 1941 Chevy, located in Lanham Maryland, which is undergoing restoration. It looks pretty good as-is but there were some tell-tale signs of work needed. This car is 70 years old, it is very solid and all original steel, why take the chance with abrasive media. The owner considered having the body dipped, but his experience with dipping was chemical leeching out of seams and joints which blistered the paint.