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Antique Tractor Paint and Bodywork

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CNKS

02-25-2012 08:22:27
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Will cost you money, but buy a sandblaster and a supplied air system for your lungs. And, unless you have a very large compressor, to make any progress at all with a small blaster you need about 25 CFM at 100 psi. Sandblasters will warp sheet metal, and on an intact tractor will get sand every place you don't want it. Unless you completely disassemble that tractor, you are better off with a wire wheel on an angle grinder. Use a fiber brush on an electric drill for the sheetmetal, followed by a surfacer/primer surfacer to fill the scratches. That said, I use a cabinet blaster for small parts, and an outside one for large items such as rims, wheels, axles, etc, or any empty part I can get the sand out of. Outside you will use a LOT of sand, probably cheaper to take the parts to a professional blaster, but not as convenient.

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david hale

02-28-2012 08:54:31
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 Re: soda blasting machine in reply to CNKS, 02-25-2012 08:22:27  
Thanks for your comments. . . I have tried the wire brush on this rust. It takes off the surface rust but it eventually only polishes the deep rust. I considered comercial blasting and found a couple of places around phoenix. The price they quoted me was very high.. Like $300 for a wheel. SoÖ. Why not purchase. The Allis g has little tin and I can get to it to sand but the frame is made of more curves that the Rockettes. Sanding is just out. I have decided on a blasting machine, and was hoping to be able to use soda because I donít have space outside for the sand to fly. What I need further advise on is the blaster itself. I'd like to purchase a good quality unit but not top end, because of the $ involved. But I have no understanding what blasters are quality or not. I know there are some at Harbor freight, but not sure they are good enough to remove the rust. How do I spot a good quality unit and what should I expect to pay. I will be upgrading my compressor to match it. But I just donít have the experience to know what to look for on a blaster.

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CNKS

02-28-2012 15:02:35
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 Re: soda blasting machine in reply to david hale, 02-28-2012 08:54:31  
I was in the same situation as you. I bought a 30 gallon Chinese blaster, about 1/2 the price of a US one with the same capacity. Works ok but sometimes the air pulsates. Will hold about 80-90 lbs of sand that lasts me maybe 10 minutes, then I have to screen the sand I put in because I have to use a small tip to let the compressor keep up. My compressor puts out 24 cfm at 100 psi, 80 gallon two stage. If your Allis G is what I think it is, rear engine--it will work ok on from the engine forward. I wouldn't want to sand or wire wheel that either. Buy quality fine sand, not the stuff from Home Depot, next to impossible to screen. I get mine from a non big box lumber yard. Since my compressor won't handle a bigger blaster, I limp along with my cheap one. Be sure you get a pressure blaster, not one that sucks the sand from a bucket.

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03-04-2012 21:23:38
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 Re: soda blasting machine in reply to CNKS, 02-28-2012 15:02:35  
thanks



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