Excellent candidates for hydroblasting also include most alloy parts e.g. cylinder heads, intakes, turbochargers, throttle bodies, carburetors, motorcycle barrels, brake calipers, fork legs, triple trees, wheel hubs and alloy engine casings.See our gallery for more examples.
Absolutely. Hydroblasting will remove all surface rust and impurities bring cast iron back to its original cast appearance. We have had clients asking us to hydroblast their crankshaft webs to remove impurities and restore them to their original state prior to being linished. Conrods can also be very successfully hydroblasted and returned to their “as new condition”.
Yes, hydroblasting is the safest possible restoration method for magnesium parts. Because hydroblasting uses a wet process, the magnesium is kept cool. Magnesium does not shine like aluminium because as it's cleaned, it's already forming an oxidation layer which turns the part a dull grey colour. This is normal.
Our slurry mixture contains a flash rust inhibitor that will stop flash rust for a few days on cylinder bores, studs and screws etc. We also apply a rust preventative to studs and other steel parts that may rust.It is recommended that steel items like screws, throttle linkages, bolts etc. be plated soon after hydroblasting.
Different castings produce different results. Sand cast parts come out exceptionally well and have a beautiful satin lustre. Die cast parts usually have a matt satin finish although this varies according to the quality of the casting. Stainless steel has a matt satin finish.The action of hydroblasting also gently peens the surface of the metal closing the pores and making it more resistant to further dirt and grime.
We use a blended fine grade, high quality glass bead. Because glass beads are round and the cleansing action is by flow rather than impact, the finish is much finer than traditional angular media used in dry blasting.
Yes it can, but the process is time consuming and sometimes requires the item to be pre blasted with dry glass bead.
Paint must be stripped using dry blasting or paint stripper prior to hydroblasting. Hydroblasting is a metal finishing process and the glass bead spheres are not effective at penetrating through the paint. Paint residue also clogs the machine and is counter productive to achieving a high quality finish.We can outsource your work if required and it will be returned after undergoing both dryblasting and hydroblasting. This method can still produce some of this best results.
Generally no, but I will consider small engines at the customers risk. An example of a small Yamaha 50cc FS1 hydroblasted intact at the customers request.
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