Sandblasting the Rust off our ’54 GMC Truck

Blasting Away at a Bomb Truck

Sandblasting is the word that is used to describe the act of propelling very fine bits of material at a high velocity to clean strip a surface from paint, body filler, rust, or anything else that is clinging to it. Millenium Powder Coating in El Monte, California, has been blasting away at automotive, industrial, and commercial metal and steel materials probably since rust first existed. From complete car bodies, chassis, and frames, they also specialize in wrought iron and patio furniture, too.

Parts ready to be sandblasted.

For most sandblasting places of business, sand used to be the most commonly used material, but since the lung disease silicosis is caused by extended inhalation of the dust created by sand, other materials are now used in its place. Any small, relatively uniform particles will work, such as steel grit, copper slag, walnut shells, powdered abrasives, even bits of coconut shells will do. Due to the dangers of inhaling dust during the process, sandblasting at Millenium is carefully controlled, using an alternate air supply, protective wear, and of course proper ventilation.

We trailered over the LOWRIDER Project “Bomb Truck” cab to have the decades-old paintjobs and body fillers removed. There was also a lot of rust in the usual places you would expect from a ’54 GMC cab being parked out on a farm for decades. We had Millenium sandblast the cab as you will see here as part of the cleaning method to later prepare it for etch priming the surface for the application of primer, sealants, and then custom paint. When painting, one doesn’t want to trap dust, dirt, or bubbles in a previous layer of paint, or other imperfections under the new layer. By launching small bits of abrasive at the surface at a high speed, all imperfections are knocked loose and can then be easily washed off, creating an incredibly smooth surface upon which to lay the new layer of paint.

Worker sandblasting a truck cab.

Millenium Powder Coating prides themselves on providing the best powdercoating in the industry. They have very fair prices and a quick turnaround that more often takes place in one day. They are set up to handle jobs of all shapes and sizes, and there is no job too big or too small for their team of qualified professional powdercoaters to handle. So, after we trailer back our Bomb Truck cab to the custom metal fab shop, we will return to bring back the entire frame and suspension of this project to be powdercoated in the most durable finish and luster. Check out our facility tour and see for yourself the quality work that only Millenium can provide!

Millenium Powder Coating is offering its services of sandblasting, powdercoating, burn strip, and metalizing. They have great prices, a fast turnaround, pick up and delivery services.