Stripping Boat Bottom Paint Before Winter StorageThe boating season is winding down and boats are coming out of the water for winter storage. If your boat has been in the water all summer and you plan to re-coat the bottom in the spring, consider removing the paint now. This will give the fiberglass the chance to dry thoroughly over the winter months. This is a 34' power boat stored at the Sue Island Marina in Essex, Maryland. It is a 1993 model with 18 years of paint to be removed.
Tight QuartersThe boats were tightly packed together for winter storage. When we are stripping the bottom paint at a marina we always employ tenting the boat to contain the soda dust and paint. By doing so, we were able to keep our dust to an absolute minimum. We then remove the trapped debris for proper disposal. At this particular site we were told that a previous soda blasting company had done work there without tenting and created a mess.
Make It Easy On YourselfThis is a large boat and if you have ever tried hand sanding and stripping, you will appreicate the ease of having it soda blasted. Most jobs can be accomplished in a day, ready to re-paint now or in the spring.
How many people have one of these sitting around the yard collecting rust and dirt? Somebody did. This is a heat exchanger. It is a carbon steel tube bundle that was left outside a little too long and required maintenance before it could be used again.
Who Are You Going to Call?
The first step was to clean the tube bundle. Sand blasting, they found, tore-up the tubes so a less abrasive solution was to try soda blasting to remove the loose rust.
Carbon steel is much harder and rusts slower, pitting less, than mild steel. Soda blasting will not clean mild steel as well as an abrasive media would because of this deep pitting. Since this bundle was made of carbon steel, we were able to clean this down to a suitable surface for re-coating. Soda blasting will also clean galvanized steel without damaging the zinc coating.
What's The Alternative?
Imagine wire brushing this by hand!
A Fine Restoration ProjectWe had the opportunity to soda blast this very fine 67 Camaro RS in Westminster, Maryland. It is being restored back to original with a 327, power glide, just a little better. The body is solid looking with very little apparent rust. We are working with a full interior and complete, running, drive train, so we cover and mask as much as possible to limit dust accumulation.
Soda Blasting - A Big Time SaverSoda blasting quickly strips the paint down to bare metal. Any areas of rust, filler or old repairs are exposed. We can remove the filler or leave it on, whatever the situation is. There were no bad surprises here, the body was in amazingly good condition. The stripping process is finished and ready for some body work and prep for paint. The soda blasting process leaves a protective coating that inhibits rusting which allows time to work before priming. This coating must be neutralized before painting.
Another Service We OfferWe offer power washing with a solution that removes the coating and still allows some working time before primer.
Power Washing with Hold Tight 102We also offer the additional service of pressure washing the soda blasted surface with Hold Tight 102 and you are ready for repairs or to paint.
Cleaning Aluminum Shelby FramesWhen was the last time you saw an original Shelby all aluminum frame? We had the opportunity to soda blast two of these. These are all aluminum, welded, boxed frames manufactured by Shelby. They have been sitting for years and needed cleaning for assembly. Bob Wingard at FII Roadsters acquired a number of these and is producing custom, high tech Cobras based on these original frames.
Years of Oxidation and MoreWe were contacted to remove not only years of oxidation without damaging the aluminum, but also, some of the frames have been heated then dipped in a brine bath to strengthen the metal. Residue from this process must also be removed.
What a PrivilegeThese frames are works of art, as are the finished cars and we really enjoy working on them. (I got to sit in a finished Cobra for a few minutes, it felt great!)
Soon to AppearWatch for these FII Roadster Cobras to start appearing in the magazines. You can check them out at www.fiiroadsters.com.
We Look Forward to These Kinds of CallsWe get calls for some very interesting projects. This is a 1941 Ford pick-up truck being restored in Howard County, Maryland. The steel was in great shape, amazingly solid and original. Not what you would expect for something rescued from a chicken coup.
Let's Get BusyThe truck was already disassembled for restoration. We were able to access the inner fenders, firewall and cab interior. Soda blasting cleaned and stripped the paint from all surfaces in one afternoon, in the owners driveway. We saved the owner the tedious and time consuming job of sanding or chemical stripping and having to haul the vehicle to another site.
After Soda BlastingThe surface is now ready for prep, minus the paint, surface rust and mouse nests. This pick-up came with the original flat-head V8 which is also being rebuilt. We hope to get some pictures of the finished piece! Side Note: If anyone is looking for a 62 Impala hood, we know where to find one.
Graffiti is EverywhereYou usually see graffiti outside. It shows up on the sides of bridges, walls and any inviting surface. Most of the time it is unwanted and difficult to remove. What do you do when it is inside the house you have purchased and are working to get the house into move-in condition?
Work in ProgressThis is a home in Woodbine, Maryland. It has a beautiful, brick fireplace that dominates the living room. The graffiti is spray painted on all surfaces and up as high as 20 feet. The idea was to remove the spray paint and preserve the natural brick while trying to create as little additional clean-up as possible.
Graffiti Removal - Final TestThe final test came when the owners had visitors over to see their house. They emailed us that no one could tell where the graffiti had been.
The satisfaction of our clients is important to us, and that email made our day!