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.
Soda Blasting to Strip All Fiberglass Car Body & FrameWe 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 ChassisThe 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 HoursSoda 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.
Soda Blasting - 1954 Dodge Power WagonThis 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 RoughBut 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 LaterWe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.