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Whether you choose to call it Aqua Blasting, Vapour Blasting or Hydro Blasting, I can provide you with finished components that look new inside and out.
I own and maintain bikes from 1927 to modern, as well as classic cars, I've raced speedway and bitumen and like you, understand the value of careful preparation. I love the doing of car restoration and motorcycle restoration. Check out the photos below and on the examples page - you will see how Vapour blasting can make a huge difference to the look of your car and bike parts - and increase their value if you plan to on-sell them.
Contact me today to discuss your project. Please let me know if you are a member of a classic car club or classic motorcycle club. I am a member of the Veteran and Vintage Motorcycle club, Classic Owners Motorcycle Club, Ariel Owners MCC and Facebook groups for the particular vehicles I'm passionate about, like Ariel Motorcycles, Tonti framed Moto Guzzi, BMW and Ford Mainline.
Club registration is a fantastic way to enjoy our bikes and cars. Please let me know if you'd like me to attend one of your car club or motorcycle club meetings, bring along some samples and talk about the process. I'm happy to do this anywhere in city or country South Australia.
Speaking of which... Please ring before visiting. We want to be available to meet you. If it's a nice day, we could be out on the road!
Aquablasting restores your components by removing grime and oxides, providing an as new finish without grinding away or eroding base metal.
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Ultrasonic Carby clean after Aquablast
Before you bring in your parts, have a quick read of the following about vapor blasting.
We'd like you to think of blasting as more of a finishing process than a cleaning process - like metal polishing, anodizing, or plating. Preparation is key to a quality vapor blasted finish, particularly to remove oil. Parts need to be as clean as possible before they go in the machine.
I do offer a cleaning service for those who just want the parts sorted. I can remove greasy dirt, oil, baked on oil, grime, gaskets. I can also chemically strip paint, as it will not necessarily strip in the machine.
Additional per hour charges apply for cleaning and paint stripping.
Removal of carbon and light oil is included in the cost of vapor blasting.
History of Aqua blasting / Vapor or Vapour Blasting / Vapourmatting / Wet bead blasting /liquid honing /...
Google search even mentions Vaqua Blasting (whatever that means :) ..
One of the original pioneers of the wet abrasive (vapourmatting) process was Norman Ashworth who found the advantages of using a wet process a strong alternative to dry blasting. The process is available in all conventional formats including hand cabinets, walk-in booths, automated production machinery and total loss portable blasting units. Advantages include the ability to use extremely fine or coarse media with densities ranging from plastic to steel and the ability to use hot water and soap to allow simultaneous degreasing and blasting. The reduction in dust also makes it safer to use silicacious materials for blasting, or to remove hazardous material such as asbestos, radioactive or poisonous products.
Process speeds are generally not as fast as conventional dry abrasive blasting when using the equivalent size and type of media, in part because the presence of water between the media and the substrate being processed creates a lubricating cushion that can protect both the surface and the media, reducing breakdown rates. Reduced impregnation of blasting material into the surface, dust reduction and the elimination of static cling can result in a very clean surface. However wet blasting of mild steel will result in immediate or 'flash' corrosion of the blasted steel substrate due to the presence of water. The lack of surface recontamination also allows the use of single equipment for multiple blasting operations—e.g., stainless steel and mild steel items can be processed in the same equipment with the same media without problems.
The Vapor blastingprocess was enhanced during the second world war. Rolls Royce used it to strengthen turbine blades before assembly into jet engines. It is also referred to as liquid honing, or wet blasting. The British spelling is vapour blasting, and it is quite popular there and in Europe for bike restoration. The process uses water, micro beads, mild cleaning agents, and air.
These components are mixed into a slurry and propelled at high speed toward the surface of a metal part, such as aluminum, brass, as well as mild steel. It seals the surface, resulting in cosmetic enhancement and imparts a micro finish that helps it resist further staining and oxidation. The water component of the slurry provides a hydraulic cushioning effect to soften the microbead's impact on the metal's surface. Working together, they provide a gentle, and somewhat time consuming process that peens the metal surface and leaves a bright lustrous satin finish. Finishes vary from alloy to alloy and manufacturer to manufacturer, but all are good. Aluminum castings in particular are well suited to this.