If you want to mend the scratches on your car, or simply redo the paintwork from scratch, you first need to say goodbye to the old paintwork. To do this, you need to media blast your vehicle – which, of course, you can ask a professional to do for you, but you should know that media blasting is not a particularly difficult task, hence why you may be able to do it yourself. Below is a set of tips to get you started on do-it-yourself media blasting!First of all, media blasting is a little bit different from the traditional sandblasting Narre warren – whilst the procedure is basically the same, the silica sand is replaced with other particles (called the ‘media’), such as plastic, walnut shells, glass beads and aluminium oxide.
The reason behind switching sand for these other materials is largely due to the fact that the inhaling of silica is a health hazard. Furthermore, the difference in materials does not stop the removal of paint and smoothening of the surface.If you already do not have a compressor that can blast the media, you will need to invest in one. Depending on where you plan to do the media blasting (that is, whether you plan to do it indoors or outdoors), you might also need to invest in a blasting cabinet, which is basically a box that works similar to a spray booth – it lets you media blast the surface whilst limiting the mess you make to within the box. Also, do not forget to use protective gear before you begin media blasting: you will need headgear (basically, safety glasses and a face mask to reduce the breathing in the particulate matter) and heavy duty gloves, and an apron is also recommended.If you are planning to proceed onto powder coating after blasting your vehicle, you will also need to consider the media you plan to use. This is because different media will yield different results.
For example, the cheapest media you will find are walnut shells and plastics, which are capable of smoothening up your surface, but they cannot exactly remove rust (hence why they are a bad idea if you plan to paint a rusted a surface). Glass beads do a satisfactory job in general, removing rust and smoothening up the surface, but if you want a professional job, you might want to use the significantly more expensive aluminium oxide as media. Remember that regardless of which type of media you use, you cannot achieve a smoothening beyond reducing the pitting and levelling up the surface – you will still need to buff up and polish the surface to achieve the shine you are expecting! For more information, please log on to https://www.bestcoatings.com.au/.