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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 09, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Plastic media at a reasonable cost?

Anyone have any sources?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 09, 10:26 PM
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Re: Plastic media at a reasonable cost?

You want good, cheap, or fast??? I have two sources for media blasting. One is good and fast, but is not cheap. THe other is good and cheap, but is not fast. The cheap one is in Kokomo, the other is here in town.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 09, 1:27 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Plastic media at a reasonable cost?

Looking to purchase the media and do it myself.

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 09, 12:54 PM
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Re: Plastic media at a reasonable cost?

i think you will find that cost prohibitive. also you will need a portable compressor. mine has a 160 hp diesel engine and we go through about 1000 pounds off media an hour. at a price off over a buck a pound it must be recycled, so it is done in a enclosed booth. an after cooler and storage tank for air must be kept dry or it will not shoot. this material is not designed for the at home sandblaster, it requires big expensive equipment you should just pay someone to do it.
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i think you will find that cost prohibitive. also you will need a portable compressor. mine has a 160 hp diesel engine and we go through about 1000 pounds off media an hour. at a price off over a buck a pound it must be recycled, so it is done in a enclosed booth. an after cooler and storage tank for air must be kept dry or it will not shoot. this material is not designed for the at home sandblaster, it requires big expensive equipment you should just pay someone to do it.
Not once you get set up for it at home. But you need to get supplied air.

If you put your air lines in right you don't need after coolers and dessicant cannisters.

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Heres this http://www.1969supersport.com/draw1.html

http://www.1969supersport.com/sandblst.html

http://www.1969supersport.com/restoration.html

http://www.1969supersport.com/respirators.html

http://www.1969supersport.com/paintroom.html

I gave you a little overview of the whole process if you have time to read it. Kind of gives you an idea of what your up against, and one last thing.

Sand blasting or bead blasting the first few times you do it can really be a pain, just kind of nasty, sand everywhere, but once you get set up to do it, its a piece of cake, I actually enjoy it with a supplied air hood, nice and cool.

Plastic is pretty costly, thats why I only use sand, about seven bucks a hundred lbs.

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Re: Plastic media at a reasonable cost?

thanks Rob. Where do you live. I'm loading up the car to bring it over.

Fine sand is definately the cheapest so far. I have a large 5hp compressor and time is not an issue. I would like to do it myself, but I'm still looking for prices in the Indy area.

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Bring her on up, I can knock that stuff out while your talkin about it.

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Re: Plastic media at a reasonable cost?

If you decide to have someone do it for you, check out this place.

http://www.idsblast.com/

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 09, 4:25 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Plastic media at a reasonable cost?

Just got off the phone with the plant manager at idsblast. They use several different media's for the different parts of the car. Very reasonable. About $700. They also sell different types of media for the do it yourselfers. Good choices here. I'm gonna take a tour tomorrow and they are working on a gto right now for me to look at.

Also talked to a guy at Redi Strip in Indy. They can dip the cars in a non acid bath and then use a phosphate water wash to remove the residue. $1400 and don't know of any e-coaters around. Or they can use a plastic blast at $125hr. The guy says dipping is the best but you need to let it dry for about 7 days before primer.

I'm definately thinking of having the frame dipped and then flashed with media before taking it to the powder coaters.

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5hp compressor will have a tough time, good luck. and yes you do need cooler and air storage if you going to blast for more than a few minutes at a times. also the nozel and hoses for media are different. we have deticated equipment for this. good call on the fresh air that is a must, and also requires an air cleaner for breathing air.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 09, 9:55 AM
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Curt, what powder coater do you plan to use? If you are going to use Indy Powder Coat they do business with both places. However Indy Powder Coat has the capability to do some blasting themselves. You might try calling them also. Gary is great to deal with. We do business with them all the time at work.

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