• paint and coatings
• surface residue
• surface corrosion
• grease and oils
• bonded gaskets etc
• smoke deposits
A major advantage is that the surface-tension of metals is not broken, which eliminates the problem of flash-rusting.
What is Soda Blasting
It's an Advanced, 'Eco-friendly' Paint Stripping Technology.
Well, it is Blasting But .. With a Gentle Touch
How Soda Blasting works.
The process involves blasting sodium bicarbonate, against the surface to be cleaned, using compressed air to accelerate the crystals to almost 600 miles an hour. Unlike an abrasive, sodium bicarbonate particles remove contaminants by means of the energy release. When the particles 'explode' (crush) on contact with the surface the non-abrasive action allows it to lift any contaminate off a surface. Normally a surface would have been damaged by an abrasive media. Using Soda, surfaces like, aluminium, stainless steel, brick, stone, glass, fibreglass, wood, plastics, bearings, seals, hydraulic cylinders and more can be cleaned and stripped safely.
Soda blasting also breaks down hydrocarbons through a process called, saponification which makes it highly suitable for cleaning equipment covered in fatty foods or engine parts and when your finished just rinse off and the water soluble soda disappears.
The non-flammable properties of sodium bicarbonate allow it to be used for cleaning in the petroleum industry where other methods cannot be used. Likewise, its non-toxic properties mean that it can be used in food-processing and similar areas.
Why no Rust?
How do they do That!
Soda is the Best Choice
Just like the surface of the Statue of Liberty, this non abrasive action allows SodaBlasters to be used on surfaces that current popular abrasive media would damage. i.e.: aluminium, stainless steel, brick, stone, glass, fibreglass, wood, some plastics, seals, bearings, splines, radiator cores, transmission cases, and hydraulic cylinders. In some cases, using Soda Blasting dry, shutdown of electric motors and pumps is not necessary.
Sodablast better than sand and grit blasting?
Sodablast particles remove contaminants by the energy released when the particles 'explode' as they come in contact with the surface to be cleaned. This results in no damage to underlying substrates. By contrast, sand and grit blasting does.
Ferrous metals that have been sand blasted will require immediate coating to prevent rusting. By contrast, metal that has been cleaned using Sodablast will rust at a much reduced rate and can be coated several days after blasting rather than hours.
In some manufacturing processes it is necessary to create a specific surface profile. Sodablast will not create a surface profile as the metal will not be affected by the Sodablast process. In this case, it is appropriate to grit blast the metal rather than Sodablast.
Back in 1972, when New York State engineers were looking for ways to clean the Statue of Liberty, they had many concerns involving issues of the environment, waste disposal, and protection of the statues surface itself. Any use of any abrasive material to clean the surface would have been very harmful to the soft copper plates, let alone the waste in the water surrounding the statue.
Sodablast was invented because it would not only do the job while having a negligible impact on the waterways and harbour, but it was also non-abrasive.
The Statue of Liberty was blasted by
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