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Does it matter if my parts are covered in oil and grease?

YES! Parts need to be degreased! There will be an extra charge if we have to degrease. We do have an ultrasonic cleaner and can clean parts for an additional charge.

What preparation must I do before sending parts to be vapour blasted?

Degrease parts; remove gaskets and gasket sealer as well as possible. Disassemble components, remove all ball, needle or roller bearings, if left in they may require replacement prior to engine assembly. Bushings and plain bearings can remain in. Carburetors must be completely disassembled; all gaskets, jets & floats etc. removed before being vapor blasted. You will be needed to obtain and replace any O-rings or gaskets before you re-assemble.

What is the size and weight limit for processing parts?

We can do whole motorcycle engines. Disassembled car engines. The cabinet can handle parts up to

1200 mm x 1200 mm x 800 mm high, with a weight of 200kg.

Why vapour blast instead of conventional sandblasting?

Vapour blasting is a far less aggressive form of blasting in comparison to dry blasting, working just as effectively and with a better finish. Vapour blasting does not allow for media to be impregnated into the component, nor is there any dust created by the break-up of media.

Will it erode metal and affect dimensions or tolerances?

No, one of the benefits of vapour blasting is that all critical surfaces and dimensions of components remain unchanged.

What do I need to do after I get my parts back from vapour blasting before they can be used?

Whilst every care is taken to ensure there is no media remaining in your cleaned parts, we do advise that you rewash all parts again before fitting and use a good long-life anti-corrosion/lubricant spray on exposed external parts.

Can you blast my complete engine?

Yes, but we would not advise it! High-pressure water and air will force the media in through the smallest of spaces, particularly seals. Once inside the engine, it will eventually destroy bearings, block oil galleries and rapidly wear out gears. 

Can you blast complete carburettors?

Yes, but abrasives may still get inside and work its way into the galleries. The best way is to completely dismantle the carburetor and then clean out the galleries after blasting. Carburetors will be cleaned in our ultrasonic cleaner after vapor blasting.

Will it damage the surface and remove much material?

No, vapor blasting unlike dry blasting, is more of a polishing or lapping process and could be described as burnishing. The water acts as a lubricant and alters the angle in which the media strikes the surface reducing the impact and material removal.

How long does it take?

Most parts we will endeavour to turnaround within 1 – 3 working days. In some cases, we may be able to do them while you wait by prior appointment.

Will I still see marks in the surface after vapour blasting?

If the material is scratched, dented or damaged vapour blasting will not cover it up, it will only put a uniform finish onto the surface.

What is the difference in between vapor blasting and ultrasonic cleaning?

They are two different processes vapor blasting fires water and glass bead at the surface, while ultrasonic cleaning fires shock waves and detergent at the surface.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept cash or debit card

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