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    I posted on speed talk, but I figured all of you aren't on there.
    Whats the scoop? Faster, slower, all hype? Price per use, etc.
    I know GN will be here in a second.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wagspe208 View Post
    I posted on speed talk, but I figured all of you aren't on there.
    Whats the scoop? Faster, slower, all hype? Price per use, etc.
    I know GN will be here in a second.
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    I got nothing wags. Absolutely nothing. All I know about it is the clean up is a breeze, nothing more than that.



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    Quote Originally Posted by gn7 View Post
    I got nothing wags. Absolutely nothing. All I know about it is the clean up is a breeze, nothing more than that.
    WTF? NO WAY!
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    My cousin (your neighbor) swears by them. He has one that he borrows from Dave I think (your other Waterloo peep with the nice red 1969 383 camaro)... He used it on some of my mustang panels I do believe...

    They were complaining about the cost of the bags of soda from Harbor Freight... Even with the sales/coupons...

    Thats all Ive got...
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    Used a guy to take the paint off the Litchfield that was bad. He took off one layer at a time and it came out great. The guy at the local body shop said it saved a ton of money over having someone doing any other kind of stripping.
    So many projects, so little time

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    One of my least favorite jobs is cleaning alum cylinder heads. Spray wash them... let them dry till the next day, blast, blow out, drop glass bead on sv85, blow out, install and hone guides, wash, blow out, glass bead falls out.... it SUCKS.
    So, with that being said.... time not fucking with glass bead removal will be worth something.
    The ABS video the guy says use it like an air brush.... hey dude... an air brush ain't gonna clean a bbc head any time fast. SO....the questions.
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    I can get you set up to take a head over to G road and test out the soda blaster on a head if U like... My cousin is putting a 454 together for his truck and would probably appreciate any input/tips you can offer up as a expert chebby engine builder... He bent a valve and broke a head/piston in his dually...

    You could prolly get a cold one or two to boot
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manymustangs View Post
    I can get you set up to take a head over to G road and test out the soda blaster on a head if U like... My cousin is putting a 454 together for his truck and would probably appreciate any input/tips you can offer up as a expert chebby engine builder... He bent a valve and broke a head/piston in his dually...

    You could prolly get a cold one or two to boot
    They're messy...more than a glass bead cabinet. The soda is a consumable and not cheap. You load the hopper, you use it up. It doesn't re-circulate like glass bead. They are very moisture sensitive so whatever you're cleaning needs to be dry, ie: no oil or grease. Having said that, they do nothing to the surface finish. You could soda blast a new valve job.
    Have you ever considered a sonic cleaner?
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    I had considered sonic cleaners. They seem to have hit and miss reviews.
    Maybe... .I should charge what my time is worth for the PITA... I still hate it.
    If soda blasting is expensive.... well, the media... how much is the PITA worth to me?
    Scott... any experience with sonic cleaners? I only need one big enough to do a BBC and a barrett 50.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wagspe208 View Post
    I had considered sonic cleaners. They seem to have hit and miss reviews.
    Maybe... .I should charge what my time is worth for the PITA... I still hate it.
    If soda blasting is expensive.... well, the media... how much is the PITA worth to me?
    Scott... any experience with sonic cleaners? I only need one big enough to do a BBC and a barrett 50.
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    Not personally, but my old machine shop has contracts to rebuild late model Volkswagen engines. The two center cases have a lot of webbing and nooks and crannies. For years he would have one of his labor kids go back and after hot tanking the cases, they would soda blast them. The soda would get caked up in the corners and it was just a PITA to get them as clean as he wants them. Finally last year he found a deal on a sonic cleaner and says it's the best thing he ever did. I'll try to find out what make it is.
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    We have a Sonic cleaner and a portable soda blaster in our business........ Sonic cleaner works great for certain things but won't remove good paint, we use ours mostly for hydraulic component overhauls. Our cheap soda blaster does a decent job, the more commercial ones are much better and take less time and we still use paint stripper from the 55 gallon barrel on our airplanes. We have a local guy with a Mobile soda blast system for the bigger stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wagspe208 View Post
    I posted on speed talk, but I figured all of you aren't on there.
    Whats the scoop? Faster, slower, all hype? Price per use, etc.
    I know GN will be here in a second.
    Wags
    I'll tell you what the coolest deal is in blasters these days, solid CO2. Yup, basically ground up dry ice. Not only does the media just disappear shortly after cleaning, it reacts with most of what it cleans off and the whole mess disappears. Our millwright crews are using it in the hot sections in our gas turbines during maintenance outages... cleans the blades slick as hell and NO clean up. I have no clue what it costs, but I'm guessing it's not cheap, but damn if it isn't trick!!! Google it, I"m sure there's a lot of info on it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by David 519 View Post
    I'll tell you what the coolest deal is in blasters these days, solid CO2. Yup, basically ground up dry ice. Not only does the media just disappear shortly after cleaning, it reacts with most of what it cleans off and the whole mess disappears. Our millwright crews are using it in the hot sections in our gas turbines during maintenance outages... cleans the blades slick as hell and NO clean up. I have no clue what it costs, but I'm guessing it's not cheap, but damn if it isn't trick!!! Google it, I"m sure there's a lot of info on it...
    I saw that system being used to do mold abatment in an attic, it looked pretty cool... Tarps went down over the ceiling insulation first...

    http://www.continentalcarbonic.com/continental-carbonics--dry-ice-blasting-applications-and-uses.html
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