Nov 022017
 

For all the cars, pick-ups, vans and trucks we have soda blasted, we have done more Corvettes than any other model.

Corvettes obviously present a special situation for paint stripping because they are fiberglass. Rust is not an issue, but the factory sealer is. Raw fiberglass is rough from the mold, so to get the smooth finish the factory uses a sealer, some people call it a gel-coat. The trick is to remove the paint down to the sealer, but not to damage it.

This is what Soda Blasting can do in one afternoon. Chemical stripping is an option, but is very time consuming, especially if there are multiple layers of paint. Sanding can be too aggressive.

We will let our pictures speak for themselves.

Aug 242017
 

Soda Blasting to Strip All Fiberglass Car Body & Frame

We were contacted to remove the old paint from this, all fiberglass body, British sports car.  When is the last time you saw a TVR, or saw one and thought it was maybe an odd looking MGB GT?  This was located in Kymor, Maryland.  The body is ultralight in weight so care had to be taken with the stripping process.  Soda blasting is the perfect process.

The Body Was Off of the Chassis

The body was sitting on a trailer so we were able to reach all areas.  We also cleaned most of the frame which was tube steel with an independent rear suspension and rack-and-pinion steering.  I should have taken more pictures!

Just a Few Hours

Soda blasting made short work of what would have been a long and tiresome job of sanding. When we were finished with the job, all paint was removed from the body and dirt, grease, paint and loose rust was cleaned from the chassis.
May 142013
 

Soda Blasting - 1954 Dodge Power Wagon

This is a 54 power wagon under-going a restoration.  We were contacted to strip the old paint down to the very solid, American steel.  This was the "Hummer" of the 50s military vehicles.  You probably have seen these in some army movies, especially Korea.  We are working on a cold day in Damascus, Maryland.

It Looks Rough

But aside from the bed, there was not that much rust for a 59-year-old, well used, truck.  The plow hitch on the front must weight 400 pounds!

A Few Hours Later

We have the cab, fenders and hood stripped down and ready for some repairs and off to the painters.  The soda coating on the  bare steel will prevent rusting long enough to get work done, as long as it is kept dry.  I have left some panels of my own, that I had soda blasted, sit for a year in the garage with no surface rusting.  Just wash off the soda with soap and warm water and it is ready for prep.  
Jan 082013
 

Who Do You Call?

How do you strip the paint from a classic Corvette without the hours of tedious chemical stripping or sanding, especially the hard to reach places?  Soda blasting of course, after all, this is a soda blasting web site.

Soda Blasting a Corvette to Remove Paint

This 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.

Ready Set Blast

Here we are, one afternoon and all ready to go to the body shop for prep and paint.  We look forward to doing his 1965 convertable in the not too distant future.  
Jul 222012
 

Soda Blasting to Strip Classic Car For Restoration

This 1961 Corvette is a piece of Baltimore, Maryland history.  We were contacted by A.C.E.S. Body and Paint Works, in White Marsh, Maryland to see if we could help in the restoration.

High Profile Car

You 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 Restoration

A.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

Soda Blasting~The Perfect Solution

We were there the next day.  With soda blasting we were able to strip the paint and primer down to the fiberglass.  Talk about fast and easy, the body was stripped clean and in the garage being prepped before we left.  All in one morning!
Jun 212012
 

Soda Blasting a 32 Ford

This is an all original 1932 Ford that was purchased in Phoenix.  The car was complete and in running, driving condition.  Green Clean Mobile Soda Blasting traveled to Forest Hill, Maryland for this restoration project.

Soda Blasting Preferred For Classic Restoration Projects

Soda blasting has the advantage of being able to remove the old paint, loose rust and any filler without damage to the original steel panels.  You never know what you might find, how about bullet holes?

The Frame Gets Cleaned Too

We were able to clean the frame of loose rust as well.  In this case the rust was minimal.  Sometimes an abrasive media is needed for deeply pitted areas.

Clean-Up And Safety Concerns

Clean-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.

   
Apr 032012
 

Soda Blasting a 66 ThunderBird

This was a soda blasting project we did in Rosedale, Maryland.  We were called to remove the paint from a 1966 ThunderBird for restoration.  This has been my favorite year for T-Birds ever since working at a gas station back when they were new.

Hoping There Are No Surprises

The body looks clean and straight with only some minor appearing issues, but you never know what is really under the paint.

Big Job to do by Hand

There is a lot of surface area to this car, which will mean some very large areas to strip.  Soda blasting can safely clean/strip these areas quickly, without the danger of warping the sheet metal.

Soda Blasting Gets the Job Done

The firewall can be difficult to properly strip and clean because of the irregular angles and corners.  Soda blasting gets into these areas and removes the dirt, grit and paint.
Jan 102012
 

Soda Blasting to Strip Auto Paint

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. 

What Are Your Choices

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.

Enter Soda Blasting

We were able to strip two layers of paint, it was once gold, and some filler down to bare metal in the owners driveway.  As long as the body is kept dry, there is time to work with the restoration without flash rusting.

Customer Satisfaction

The owner was happy with the way the body turned out.  We were called back a second day to strip the hood and front fenders.  From the apparent craftsmanship going into the restoration, this 1941 Chevy should be a real show stopper when finished.  Watch for it.
Nov 052011
 

A Fine Restoration Project

We 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 Saver

Soda 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.

Our Work Is Done

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 Offer

We offer power washing with a solution that removes the coating and still allows some working time before primer.
Oct 092011
 

Cleaning Aluminum Shelby Frames

When 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 More

We 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 Privilege

These 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!)

A Time Saver

Imagine hand grinding, sanding into every angle, corner and weld.  With soda blasting we were able to clean two of these Shelby frames in one morning.

Soon to Appear

Watch for these FII Roadster Cobras to start appearing in the magazines.  You can check them out at www.fiiroadsters.com.