Frequently Asked Questions

Powder Coating and Sandblasting Throughout Virginia

 

What is Soda Blasting?

Soda blasting is the latest technology to safely strip paint and clean most any surface. The soda blaster uses compressed air to deliver sodium bicarbonate based media (baking soda) onto the surface to be cleaned.

Does soda blasting remove rust?

Soda blasting will remove light layer of surface rust only. It will neutralize any remaining rust but will not bring the surface back to shiny metal. For medium or heavy corrosion, we recommend a heavier blast media like sand or glass.

How quickly with rust occur after soda blasting?

Baking soda media (sodium bicarbonate) is a rust inhibitor. The baking soda leaves a thin residue on the material that will inhibit rust for a long period of time.  It is necessary to keep the project stored in a dry area. However, it is recommended that the project get a primer coat on as quickly as possible.

Will soda blasting work on fiberglass automobiles?

Yes, soda blasting is the safest blasting media for fiberglass. You can remove paint and other coatings without damage or pittage.

Can soda blasting be used on projects with glass, rubber, or other materials?

Baking Soda Blasting will not harm glass, rubber, chromed metal or polished stainless steel. It can dull the finish on polished aluminum automotive trim and should not be used unless it is protected or a dull finish is acceptable.

 

What is Sandblasting?

Sandblasting is a general term to describe the act of removing fine bits of material at high-velocity to clean a surface. Silica sand is the most commonly used material, but any small, relatively uniform particles will work.

 

What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is the process of applying a dry powdered paint compound made of pigments, specialized resins and fillers that melt and fuse together during the curing process to form a solid painted finish. The solid powder particles are electrostatically charged when exiting the low-velocity air powered spray gun. This electrostatic charge attracts paint particles to the grounded work surface.

What can be powder coated?

Any metal object that can hold the electrostatic charge needed to affix the sprayed powder and can tolerate the high heat levels of the curing process. Mild steel, galvanized and electroplated steel, aluminum, stainless steel and most other steel alloys can be powder coated.