About our Media Blasting - RCR specializes in media blasting and rust remediation of every type of moving vehicle: cars, pick-up trucks, tractor-trailers, towing trailers, motorcycles, mo-peds, ATVs, boats, and personal watercraft. But RCR can also blast furniture, outdoor items, buildings, railings, holding tanks, etc.....If it is a material capable of being blasted, then RCR can certainly do the job. We have both portable and fixed units, so for larger commercial (or residential) jobs, we can perform the blasting on-site.
“Media Blasting” is the technically correct term for what most folks refer to as “sand blasting.” Because blasting with sand (i.e, silicates) is neither good for the automobile (too harsh, and gets too hot, causing warpage of the sheet metal; and it leaves a residue that must be washed off immediately, which will also cause rust to come back sooner), nor for the blasting operator (particulates are cancerous; can cause additional long-term lung damage), RCR does not use this media. (Of course, “media” is the fancy word for the sand-like material that is sent through the blast hose, to excoriate – remove – whatever it is aimed towards.) Instead, we will use either Dupont Starblast (a blend of synthetic and natural products, safe for the environment, suitable for most applications, and an excellent media for rust remediation of sheet metal), beaded or crushed glass (a selection of various sizes, based upon the job to be performed), and walnut or corn (for delicate items).
We have both a fixed-unit 185 cfm Ingersoll-Rand 4-cylinder turbo compressor, and a 225 cfm Grimmer-Schmitt compressor - which is actually a portable unit, so we can move it to larger commercial jobs. Because safety is always Number One with us, our operators are outfitted with their own personal blasting helmets, which are attached to a closed-circuit breathing apparatus. Most media blasters that charge less are also not operating with this level of safety.
Media blasting is easy; media blasting correctly ,so not to cause unnecessary damage, is much more difficult. Troy purchased his own blasting unit originally for the sole purpose of blasting his personal restoration projects; he could not find a blaster in the area that did not warp the sheet metal unduly. And while it was not his original intention, other auto restorators in the area now turn to Troy and trust him with media blasting their classic automobile projects as well. Soon, other projects became finding their way to RCR: bathtubs, patio furniture, fire hydrants, antique furniture, to name just a few. Because Troy understands which media to use, and has trained and practiced extensively with various techniques, each and every customer has left with great satisfaction. RCR has added several large commercial customers to the list as well, completing large and complicated jobs on-site; RCR was called upon because expertise was especially important, and even larger blasting companies could not compare with the quality that RCR brings to every job.
Typically, the first step in rust remediation: if you can't see it, you can't fix it. If the rust is superficial, then media blasting may be all that is needed for rust remediation. Once an item has been blasted, it must be applied with epoxy - or primed and painted immediately - to keep new rust from forming. Deeper rust will be revealed after media blasting, and will be noted before the epoxy is applied. Each section of rust will then be minutely examined and removed.
Removing may be as easy as additional sanding, or it may have to be cut out and repaired. "Repaired" in this instance either means welding a patch in place, or completely replacing an entire panel if the rust was too extensive or widespread. Please understand that at RCR, "filler" can be a dirty word...we will NOT simply cover up a rusty area with an adhesive. (We don't mean to give "filler" (i.e., "bondo") a bad rap - it has a very good and definitive purpose - but it does tend to get over-used as a "fix-all".) Unfortunately, if all of the rust was not properly remediated before the compound was applied, then - like a bad penny - it will return!