is a quick summary of the alternative methods of paint stripping,
followed with a comparison with Plastic Media Blasting.
Using garnetor other high pressure abrasives can warp panels out
of shape, cause pitting, and removes all of the metal's protective
coatings, such as galvanisation. One of the biggest problems is
the metal becomes hardened, making it difficult to work with.On
a good note Garnet blasting is the only method that removes rust,
at Austec, we use Garnet only on specific rust areas.
Soda Blasting is a process that we use but it is not effective at
removing thick primer and body fillers as other methods and it is
a wet process. A problem arises when the bicarbonate soda is hosed
off afterwards – I guess you could ask yourself – what
happens when you hose down bare metal? At Austec when we use Soda
we do it completely dry. Unfortunately because of the small nozzle
required, it covers little area, and the result can be inconsistent.
Soda blasting strips paint off original old panels quite well, yet
is surpassed by other methods of stripping now available.
A good method of cleaning up car bodies, but unfortunately it removes
protective coatings from all areas of a panel, including those areas
that are impossible to access again. It is a wet process which uses
chemicals and acids that remain in the crevices and affect the protective
coatings in the metal. The biggest question I always ask is “HOW
DO YOU PROTECT THE AREAS YOU CAN’T GET TO AGAIN”?
CRUSHED WALNUT SHELL
This product does a
great job as well, but when it impacts the panel or surface it turns
to dust, therefore the only way to keep the job consistent is to
increase the pressure. So in actual fact you lose the advantage
because you are not using a low pressure on the bodywork anymore.
Is the ultimate product available
today. Designed for low pressure use, it removes paint and body
fillers without fuss and will NOT warp or pit the metal. Better
still, it won't remove rust protection such as galvanisation.
“You must see it to believe it!” The clean up stage
is extremely easy - using air, the light, small plastic particles
are just blown out, MEANING IT IS EASY TO REMOVE FROM HARD
TO GET PLACES, and is a completely dry process.
Plastic media was developed in the
USA for safely stripping paint from miliatary aircraft. Panels that
have been stripped with plastic media appear glossy and new, as
if straight off the press. It is perfect for light gauge aluminium
and high tech composites such as carbon fibre and fibreglass.
Unlike other mothods of paint removal,
because there’s no chemicals or solvents involved, there’s
no toxic or hazardous waste to worry about.
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