[xj] Soda Blasting Wheels

Reading the archives, it appears that soda blasting is a good way
to blast Pepperpot wheels for refinishing. Can anyone tell me
an ‘‘average’’ cost to get a wheel or set soda blasted (or walnut
shells, or glass beads)? And, other than a place that ‘‘specializes’’
in wheels, what other type shops would do this (body, etc.)?

Thanks in Advance–
Larry Karpman '79 SIII XJ6 (US)
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In reply to a message from Larry Karpman sent Thu 5 Jun 2003:

Larry, look in the yellow pages under ‘sand blasting’ I’d think. A
motorcycle shop would be able to tell you of a shop close by. They
get alumi. heads bead blasted. If you already have an air
compressor,look into the price of a small sand blast setup. The
larger home improvements stores would offer something, I’d guess.
I’d guess in the neighborhood of $75. On the west coast of the USA
we have ‘harbour frieght’ they sell cheap imported tools and offer
something like what you’d want for $65 or so. Tell your wife you
can use it to sandblast ‘roses’ on her glass ware! She’ll help you
buy it, lol–
'76xj6 (chevy400/400) & '72xj6(parts car)
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In reply to a message from dudevato@yahoo.com sent Thu 5 Jun 2003:

Had no idea you could get by that cheap. Thanks for the other info
too. Anyone else got any advice on blasting technique before I
remove the paint off the wheels (and everything else within 2
square blocks)?

Cheers–
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Larry, look in the yellow pages under ‘sand blasting’ I’d think. A
motorcycle shop would be able to tell you of a shop close by. They
get alumi. heads bead blasted. If you already have an air
compressor,look into the price of a small sand blast setup. The
larger home improvements stores would offer something, I’d guess.
I’d guess in the neighborhood of $75. On the west coast of the USA
we have ‘harbour frieght’ they sell cheap imported tools and offer
something like what you’d want for $65 or so. Tell your wife you
can use it to sandblast ‘roses’ on her glass ware! She’ll help you
buy it, lol


Larry Karpman '79 SIII XJ6 (US)
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In reply to a message from Larry Karpman sent Thu 5 Jun 2003:

Larry: My office is located at a small General Aviation airport.
You might call such a facility in your area to ask for the number
of an on-field repair station. Almost all such repair operations
have a blasting booth (although the media they use is normally sand
or bead). I had my cam covers bead blasted by the guys in our
local shop for nothing - they were intrigued by the novelty of
actually working on Jaguar stuff. Very good price.–
Bruce Hugo 1980 XJ6 S-III Brazila Brown
St. Helens, OR, United States
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Had no idea you could get by that cheap. Thanks for the other info
too. Anyone else got any advice on blasting technique before I
remove the paint off the wheels (and everything else within 2
square blocks)?

I bought a very cheap ($25 Aus) sandblaster and hooked it up to my cheap
compressor ($200 Aus) and used it endlessly when rebuilding my SII. It’s so
handy to just blast the crap off anything you fancy because with a fairly
low pressure charge its not too aggresive. I cleaned my cam covers with it
and, once painted, they looked brand new. The blasting media I used was a
medium grit and looked like fine black sand. It’s very reusable so I bought
a big plastic garbage bin and used it as my blasting cabinet. I’m sure a
gentleman of your calibre could improvise something similar that’s big
enough for your wheels. That way the mess gets sort of contained and you can
continue to recycle the grit. Use goggles and a dust mask, ordinary rubber
gloves pinched from the kitchen are good for holding fiddly bits.
Blast off!!
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In reply to a message from Mark Franks sent Thu 5 Jun 2003:

Great info Mark. Thanks.

I just remembered that my radiator shop blasts stuff. I think he
uses soda blasting. He blasted some metal parts for me a while
back, but never asked what he used for sure. He’s quite
inexpensive, so I will ask.

Saving that, a friend tells me he has a blaster.–
The original message included these comments:

I bought a very cheap ($25 Aus) sandblaster and hooked it up to my cheap
compressor ($200 Aus) and used it endlessly when rebuilding my SII. It’s so
handy to just blast the crap off anything you fancy because with a fairly
low pressure charge its not too aggresive. I cleaned my cam covers with it
and, once painted, they looked brand new. The blasting media I used was a
medium grit and looked like fine black sand. It’s very reusable so I bought
a big plastic garbage bin and used it as my blasting cabinet. I’m sure a
gentleman of your calibre could improvise something similar that’s big
enough for your wheels. That way the mess gets sort of contained and you can
continue to recycle the grit. Use goggles and a dust mask, ordinary rubber
gloves pinched from the kitchen are good for holding fiddly bits.


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hey thats interesting…where did you get the sandblaster in Aus? sounds
good Id like to get one.
Cheers,Dean
Sydney,(working in Brissy) 73 xj12----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Franks mrg1@bigpond.com
To: Larry Karpman lkarpman@attbi.com; <>
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2003 3:38 PM
Subject: Re: [xj] Soda Blasting Wheels

)?

I bought a very cheap ($25 Aus) sandblaster and hooked it up to my cheap
compressor ($200 Aus) and used it endlessly when rebuilding my SII. It’s
so
handy to just blast the crap off anything you fancy because with a fairly
low pressure charge its not too aggresive. I cleaned my cam covers with it
and, once painted, they looked brand new. The blasting media I used was a

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hey thats interesting…where did you get the sandblaster in Aus? sounds
good Id like to get one.
Cheers,Dean
Sydney,(working in Brissy) 73 xj12

Mate, would you believe Supercheap auto?! straight off the shelf for $24.99
bargain!
(you need a compressor though)
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medium grit and looked like fine black sand. It’s very reusable so I
bought
a big plastic garbage bin and used it as my blasting cabinet. I’m sure a

Oh, I forgot to say, at the bottom of the bin I had a large piece of
shade-cloth (plastic woven mesh like material, don’t know if you call it
that in the US) folded over loosely that acted like a diffuser/collector so
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Larry,

It may be wise to speak with the person who will finish the wheels for you
before choosing a blasting-medium; some finishers find the surface created
by soda-blasting too smooth and have other preferred methods/media.

Cheers!

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In reply to a message from The Oasis Bed Breakfast sent Thu 5 Jun 2003:

Hi Larry,
You’ll love having a blast cabinet, but with the average home
garage compressor, it’s an all day job doing a wheel. I have a
fairly large blasting cabinet from TIP Tools hooked up to a 5 horse
Craftsman 30 gal. compressor. I use plastic bead, walnut shells or
aluminum grits. The paint and clear coat on your wheels is pretty
thick and tough. I’ve tried to blast Kents in my cabinet and it
just takes too long. For big jobs like wheels, you need a serious
compressor. Mine can’t keep up with the demand. The compressor
needs to be able to keep up with you holding an open nozzle
continuously.

For wheels and anything else that is too big for the cabinet, I use
a local steel industrial fabricator (the owner just happens to be
in our local Jag club). I think I paid about $100 for a set of 5
Kents last time I had them blasted.

Unless you have a 10 horse 80 gallon compressor, you might have
better luck with an industrial blaster for the pepperpots and use
your new cabinet for the smaller bits.
.–
John Testrake St. Louis, USA 84XJ6 76XJ12L
St.Louis, United States
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I recently took a set of five pepperpots to one of the largest abrasive
cleaning outfits in this area. They noticed some roughness on the inside rim
edge of some of the wheels. The pros recommended soda blasting the front of
the wheels and sandblasting the rear and inside with a fine-grade silica.
The wheels are now waiting for me to go and pick them up. $45 Cdn each
(about $32 US each).

Best regards
Jeff Booth----- Original Message -----
From: “Larry Karpman” lkarpman@attbi.com
To: xj@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 9:29 PM
Subject: [xj] Soda Blasting Wheels

Reading the archives, it appears that soda blasting is a good way
to blast Pepperpot wheels for refinishing. Can anyone tell me
an ‘‘average’’ cost to get a wheel or set soda blasted (or walnut
shells, or glass beads)? And, other than a place that ‘‘specializes’’
in wheels, what other type shops would do this (body, etc.)?

Thanks in Advance

Larry Karpman '79 SIII XJ6 (US)
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John,

I also have a TP tools cabinet and I bought the Quincy QT-5, 5HP, 2-Stage 60
gallon compressor that they recommended for use with the cabinet. I
specifically asked about the 80 gallon, and they said it was not necessary.
I probably agree with them, but if I had to do it again, I would have bought
the 80 gal. just to have the extra capacity. I think the fact that the
compressor is 2-stage is the key spec. Anyway, it works great and I had no
problem blasting my pepperpots (and lots of other stuff too).

Jim

john wrote:
Unless you have a 10 horse 80 gallon compressor, you might have
better luck with an industrial blaster for the pepperpots and use
your new cabinet for the smaller bits.===================================================
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In reply to a message from Jeff Booth sent Thu 5 Jun 2003:

Apparently Jeff, in my area the cost is higher. I just came back
from a wheel shop and thay wanted $60 USD each just to blast the
face of the wheels! Ouch!

Cheers–
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The wheels are now waiting for me to go and pick them up. $45 Cdn each
(about $32 US each).
Best regards
Jeff Booth


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I believe that’s about what I paid when I had a set of Pepperpots blasted
here in Washington State too.
.
Jamie Duffey - Everett, WA
88 Series III V12 VdP - Roxanne
Jaguar Owner’s North American Tour - http://jonat.org
April 15, 2004 - July 4, 2004
.

I recently took a set of five pepperpots to one of the largest abrasive
cleaning outfits in this area. They noticed some roughness on the inside
rim
edge of some of the wheels. The pros recommended soda blasting the front
of----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2003 7:50 AM
the wheels and sandblasting the rear and inside with a fine-grade silica.
The wheels are now waiting for me to go and pick them up. $45 Cdn each
(about $32 US each).
Best regards
Jeff Booth
----- Original Message -----
From: “Larry Karpman” lkarpman@attbi.com
To: xj@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 9:29 PM
Subject: [xj] Soda Blasting Wheels

Reading the archives, it appears that soda blasting is a good way
to blast Pepperpot wheels for refinishing. Can anyone tell me
an ‘‘average’’ cost to get a wheel or set soda blasted (or walnut
shells, or glass beads)? And, other than a place that ‘‘specializes’’
in wheels, what other type shops would do this (body, etc.)?
Thanks in Advance

Larry Karpman '79 SIII XJ6 (US)

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In reply to a message from nwjag sent Fri 6 Jun 2003:

I have pepperpots that were powder coated silver. They look much
better than the originals, never chip, and never get dirty.

Henry
'86 VDP–
VDP '86
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