Media blasting is the process of propelling media particles from a blast machine using the power of compressed air. This converts media particles and compressed air into an effective cleaning treatment that takes skill, properly engineered equipment and good judgment. Each component contributes to the overall performance of the system.
If you really want to give your car a “physical’ or just want to know what a car has been through in its lifetime, strip the car down to bare metal as we did with this 1964 Chevy Impala. You’ll be able to tell if the car has “cancer” or rust, or if you have to do patch work to it. Let us give you a warning! This process is almost like going to the doctor; you might learn a thing or two that you didn’t want to know, except here you don’t need to worry about lube or a white plastic glove!
This Impala was supposed to be almost ready for paint. It just needed some light body work and to be sealed in primer. Wrong! Since the car was in storage, we had enough time to check it and see if there was something more serious going on with the body. After noticing surface rust bleeding through, we couldn’t take a chance so we had to investigate. We went to see the “doctor,” in this case, the media blasting company, Blasting Specialties in Santa Fe Springs, California, where Lee’s recommendation was to take the car down to metal.
It seemed that the ’64 had a few things wrong with it. First, it was left bare and exposed, so rust had accumulated on the body. Second, according to Lee, the car was sealed in the wrong primer and the rust had bled through. We also found out that the firewall had more than 1/2-inch of body filler and was not molded correctly. There were rust holes covered with tape and undercoating. To our surprise, the previous shop that had their hands on the Impala didn’t do the job right.
This was another obstacle to deal with and it looked like we were going to have to stop and reevaluate the situation. This is not how we wanted it to go, but now we had no choice but to do it right. The body had to be taken down to bare metal so we could start all over. The only good thing was that the car had not yet been painted. If it were, it would be an expensive loss as the paint would have to be stripped off as well.
Here’s something you might want know. We had used Blasting Specialties in the past, but had never mentioned the LRM connection to them. All we ever got from this shop was great customer service and prices. We decided to go back to them and tell the readers about their services. When we spoke to the owner, Lee, he was jazzed and agreed to help us out on the project. He humbly told us that he couldn’t believe that we actually knew about his shop.
Blasting Specialties can work with any budget and on any job, from a chassis to fenders, or, as in our case, the actual body. No job is too big or too small for this shop. “We’ll try anything once,”are Lee’s famous words. Now follow along as the specialists at Blasting Specialties clean up this body and leave it ready for the next step.