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Media Blasting:

 I specialize in getting your car or project clean of all rust and paint. I pride myself in having your car completely ready for your painter, whereas every square inch of your car is prepared and has a slight profile -- perhaps a 1200-1500 grit surface which is perfect for primers.
 
I've tried and used the so-called Blasting machines that are advertised as being dust less, or, dust free.  I assure you, there is always dust when conducting Media Blasting operations. I'm not mobile, there is no way a mobile system can render the complete job your car needs in an afternoon setting.  Glass, Trim, Wiring, Lights, etc., must be removed.  Water weighs 7lbs or slightly more a gallon, and, these so-called processes that claim no dust dampen down the dust by having a water-borne media.  Also, claims of warping from heat from media blasting is not borne out of experience, but is an often repeated semi-truth.  What causes wapring and distorting of panels from Media Blasting is the air pressure, and air volume and user inexperience. To move hundred of gallons of water you must have a lot of PSI and lots of air volume to maintain the air pressure.  What actually causes damage to panels is the action of hundred of small Ball Peen Hammers coming down consecutively in a small area.  What you the consumer need to know (and your blaster for sure should know this) is how to mitigate these effects.  
 
I've found lightweight, dry blasting media is the best choice which has a far less weight per same volume of crushed glass or other heavy blasting medias. I've also found that the end state of the car/project is more important than the time needed to render such a service, meaning, why would you even want a quick blast in your driveway?  If you're considering tearing down your car to do a full and correct and complete restoration, consider the long-term value a real car guy will offer you.  Let me handle the mess, the dust, the slop, and what you'll get back is shown on these pages of dozens and dozens of cars that are far better prepared than any mobile or quick process.

Welding: 

Often after the Media Blasting process is completed, you may need extensive metal repair operations; new floor pans, quarter panels, etc or your fender repaired due to excessive rust, or previous damages.  I can do this for you too if needed.

Primer/Sealer: 

If I’m going to keep your car for metal repair operations I recommend that you get me to put your car in an epoxy primer which I mix up to act as a sealer too. I've found Epoxy primer from Transtar lays down the nicest, is not too thick like other brands Epoxy primer is, and will not interfere with factory embossing like in early Ford Mustang interior areas like Doors and Trim Panels by clogging up the intricate details in the metal.  (Which my blasting process won't interfere with either)

Rotisserie/Car Dolly Fabrication: 

I've seen a trend over the past few years, whereas you need a Car Dolly and or Rotisserie for your project, but, don't know where to buy one, and, after you see the prices for these rare and often special-built tools -- and the shipping costs associated with these usefull tools, you may just pause and not do anything.  I'm pleased to announce that for 2013 I'll start making these as needed and requested by you when and if I contract for your car body Media Blasting.  The costs to have this made will be around $450.00-$600.00 dollars for a simple 4 wheel (2 steerable) heavy duty car dolly.  For a Rotisserie (depending on if you want one akin to my 'large' or 'small' Rotisserie) is a much bigger task, and will likely cost around $850.00- $1300.00.  These are invaluable tools, and will pay for themselves over and over again.  You will never lay on the ground again after using a Rotisserie! See the items I've personally designed, fabricated and built here. 

Prices:

Media Blasting is: $150.00 per hour. 
Small Cars: 7-9 hours
Medium Cars: 9-11 hours
Large Cars: 11-13 hours
 
Welding/Metalwork/Fabricating/Analysis is: $53.00 per hour

The Process: (in an ideal situation this is how it goes)

Day 1  

Receive the car body, this is either me going to get it, or, the customer brings it to me.  I usually get the car off the trailer (if I go get the car) and onto the lift on this day. 

Day 2 

Wheel one of my two rotisseries in under the car, lower the car and set the rotisserie to the car, not the car to the rotisserie. Any modifications needed are done to the rotisserie.  Basically, each car is a custom marriage to the rotisserie. Sometimes this process can take 8 hours to do correctly.  A big part to validate at the end is making sure the car is balanced and spins easily and all axis’ are aligned to meet the center mass of the car. 

Day 3  

All undercoatings and gasket remnant materials are removed from the vehicle by hand, scraping it off after heating it up works best, usually I fill up two 5 gallon buckets of just undercoating. Media blasting can take this stuff off, but, I will have to deal with it eventually, and dealing with it up front is best vs. having it end up as dust and I have to empty my dust collector more frequently.  This always takes nearly a full day. 

Day 4 

Vehicle pushed over to the blast bay, put in there, hoses taken down, equipment checked and verified, vehicle is grounded to mitigate any static electricity, suit up, helmet on, fresh air on, compressor and media separator working and all my tools are in place and set so when I get dressed up to media blast, I don’t have to stop but only to refill the media hopper.  On this first day I can get up to 1/3 of the car completed. 

 

Day 5 

The second 2/3’s of the car is completed.

Day 6 

The car is usually finished up on this day.  I perform a quality control (Q/C) at this time, I remove all my media blasting safety equipment, shut everything off, take a break, clean up, and get my high-impact color spray paint out and start painting areas that I missed, or need to redress, or should be done better. I’ve found that taking a little time after I claim the car is ‘done’, and looking at it the next day I find areas I missed earlier.

Day 7

On this day I re-blast any areas that need it, then, do another Q/C, and once it has met my approval, I start cleaning up. Blowing out the car, especially the rocker panels, and behind the quarter panels to get all the blasting media out is critical to keeping the media in my shop, and not on your shop floor. I may push it back to the lift on this day, or the next. 

Day 8

It takes about 30 minutes to get the car off the rotisserie, and I follow up on this day with more vacuuming, and cleaning out the car.  I may be able to have the car ready this day, or the next day.

Day 9

Bring the trailer in, secure the car on it, check the weather forecast and coordinate the delivery. 

Day 10  

This is a catch-up day whereas I can utilize this day to meet my timeline and objectives and get things done to get your car to you, or you come pick it up.