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PostSubject: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:57 am

Hi everyone, i am looking at sandblasting my chassis and underbody of my car and want to try doing it myself at home, i have come across this item on (Aussie) ebay >>>http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Skillmeister-10-Gallon-Sand-Blaster-/260977921791?pt=AU_Power_Tools&hash=item3cc37f0eff , and was wondering if it will be ok for what i want to use it for, any advice is appreciated thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:59 am

Joe do a search on Harbour freight. It looks like a unit they would sell and I believe you can get a larger unit for less money. I don't think I paid that much for my 110 lb unit. We use a pretty good size compressor so be aware of the fact that all these things use a large volume of air. If you are going to do your own sand blasting I would be more concerned about the volume of air then the size of the sand blasting unit. The shop compressor I hook mine to I have to wait on to catch up and give it a breather now and again and it is a two stage with a 60 Gal tank.

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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:31 am

hi Jim, i dont think Harbour freight are in Australia unfortunately, i think i may have to bite the bullet and take the shell and chassis to someone to get it done.......will hurt my hip pocket though
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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:50 pm

Hi Joe ,just as Jim said sandblasters require lots of air power even really small ones, It will probably cheaper or the same price to send the car off to media blast in the short term.If for instance you are going to buy the compressor and want to spend 1k or so Id go with a heavy duty type industrial compresssor like an Ingersol Rand, I know over here compressors they sell at harware stores are around that much for a 60 gallon The psi is about the same but the compressors they sell at places that specialize in air compressors or tools tend to have much more CFM than the ones available at the hardware stores, for around the same price you can probably find a good used one for far less,, CFM is the most important factor when used for power air tools that requre lots of air,like DA's and sandblasters

If I remember correctley look for around 15-20 cfm , the ones at harware stores are around 6cfm they cost about the same .Also the older belt type industrial compressors will last forever.The advantage to sending the car off to media blast is they use giant blasters and have giant reserves of media, they will blast the car very thouroughly as if it were submerged if its a good guy blasting it.Im still trying to figure out how they blasted the insides of my quarters ect.. very hard to reach places will get cleaned with those large blasters.

The local guy here charged me $500 to do the frame undercarriage,interior ,trunk interior firewall ,in other words everthing except the exterior, they charged about the same for exterior.it was rt at $1000 You can do it yourself but generally the smaller the blaster the longer it takes if your using it for the whole car. I have a little 2hp compressor just good enough for painting, I couldnt afford a industrial compresor and the local media blast guy was very reasonable so it was much cheaper for me to send it off he even picked it up and dropped it off Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:05 pm

Joe Good advise from Jim and Carlos, they have been there and done that. I have had sandblasters over the years and it sure does take a good compressor to stay up with them. Maninly a professional type compressor. I know I have blasted and waited for air blasted and waited for air Lots of times. I know it cost a lot now days to have that done. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:44 pm

Hey guys thanks for the input, i do actually have a compressor already, its a 12 cfm so it may or may not be enough, the more im learning about the blasting the more im realising its best to get it done professionally. I have heard it will cost me around $1000 and up, so ill start hunting around soon. Also, theres the issue of transport of the frame, its on the rotisserie but i dont trust it and am worried it may come off while getting blasted! I'll have to try to make it more secure somehow. Thanks gents, will keep you posted.
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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:16 pm

Hi Joe, All the Fella's are correct. I too had my entire car professionally done. Every nut and Bolt. To purchase the equipment, Media, Tarp's, Mask's, etc not to mention the huge mess it will make due to undercoating, it just does not save you any money. Have it done professionally.

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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:18 pm

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Hi Joe, All the Fella's are correct. I too had my entire car professionally done. Every nut and Bolt. To purchase the equipment, Media, Tarp's, Mask's, etc not to mention the huge mess it will make due to undercoating, it just does not save you any money. Have it done professionally.

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thanks i think im convinced now, ill start looking around for a reputal place, i know theres one nearby to me, thanks for the help everyone
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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:35 pm

Your welcome Joe, that is why we are a good club to help each other. Makes it a lot easier by talking to people that has been there and done thay. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:39 am

Joe I could send you planes to build one like my beauty. Hee! Hee!

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I wore my two stage out and bought a single but it is very very slow going. :sleep: It wouldn't keep up with my pressurized blaster so I had to get a siphon feed. Not recommended for what your wanting to do. Your going to have a great car with what you have planed for it. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:32 am

Thanks Chrissy, but i dont think id have the patience lol
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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:21 am

Hee! Hee! Crissy That was quite of a plan for your sandblaster, It worked that is the main thing but I have to sniker every time I see that. lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:36 pm

Making you guys Hee! Hee! WAS the plan. Hee! Hee!

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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:12 pm

EvilPlymouth wrote:
Hi Joe, All the Fella's are correct. I too had my entire car professionally done. Every nut and Bolt. To purchase the equipment, Media, Tarp's, Mask's, etc not to mention the huge mess it will make due to undercoating, it just does not save you any money. Have it done professionally.


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I fully agree also. Blasting is a messy, nasty job, you will be shaking sand from your eyes, ears, and head for days afterwards, regardless of the protection you use.

Last car I blasted entirely was in 1986, and then and there I said I'd spring for someone else to do the job.

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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:51 pm

Well John last one I done, I done the whole exterior of my 65 GTO back ihn about 1970, at that time I can't reallyh remember the exact cost , but I beleive the guy said he would do the whole thing for arond 300 dollars, I knew him and he told me if I wanted to do it myself he would just charge me for the materials plus a couple of dollars woth of gas got his compressor. Well I sure wish I had paid trhe 300.00. Hee! Hee! heyh are an act to doing the sandblasting like everything else. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Small sand blaster.....advice needed!   Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:52 pm

i have no intentions of sandblasting myself i was wondering what everyone's opinions were on the difference between sand blasting and media blasting? for the body like floors and panels

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