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Blasting with steel media

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03-21-2012 05:40:40

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I'm looking at having a sandblasting company blast my Ford 6610. It has 3 flaking coats of paint on it and needs another so I want to get it down to bare metal, prime and paint. I will disassemble down to a basic chassis with ho sheetmetal, wiring, radiator, etc. before taking it to them. They suggested steel "shot" media instead of sand because it is reusable and thus less expensive than sand. Has anyone here had experience with steel media? I want to trust these guys because that is all they do and they can use sand if I prefer at a greater cost. It will then be immediately primed and painted so I'm not worried about rust formation. Sheet metal will be handled by a body shop. What are your thoughts?

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03-21-2012 06:27:31

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 Re: Blasting with steel media in reply to Beta, 03-21-2012 05:40:40  
Shot blasting is super aggresive, but it works just fine on cast. Most foundaries/forges have shot blast tumblers where they clean off the parts. On a modern tractor there is a very good chance they have been through the process once. My buddies FIL worked at a foundary near us and we did 90% of the cast parts on his planter using the tumbler.

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03-30-2012 06:58:13

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 Re: Blasting with steel media in reply to sflem849, 03-21-2012 06:27:31  
Just did all the rake teeth and mounting hardware of a rake I'm restoring in a tumbler with steel shot - what a wonderful thing.

As for blasting with it - I've never done it, but have heard of others using it.

I think you're fine as long as they're not doing sheet metal, which would warp.

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