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Media Blasting & Metal Preparation: A Complete Guide
Item Number: CARTECH-SA313
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Publisher: CarTech, Inc.
Softcover: 144 pages
Dimensions: 11.0 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
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A key component, often overlooked, in automotive restoration is metal preparation. In essence, all the best bodywork, primer, and fancy paint won’t do you any good if the metal surface it adheres to is not expertly prepared. How many times at a classic car show have you seen imperfections in the paint, bubbles coming from underneath, and body filler separating from the metal? In almost every instance this is the result of poor metal preparation during the initial stages of the restoration process.

In Media Blasting & Metal Preparation: A Complete Guide, restoration expert and veteran author Matt Joseph gives you all the tools you need to expertly prepare your car, motorcycle, or anything made of metal for the next stages of restoration. Covered are basic metal considerations such as type and size of metal; intended purpose of cleaning the metal; approaches to cleaning metal through chemical, mechanical abrasive, and media abrasive systems; mastering the processes for consistent results; small- and large-scale projects; and post-cleaning prep procedures.

In short, anyone who takes shortcuts in the metal preparation area of restoration is virtually guaranteed disappointment down the road. With this handy new guide, Joseph provides all you need to know for a successful and long-lasting restoration.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1:

  • Basic Metal Cleaning Considerations
  • Underneath It All
  • Types of Contamination
  • Cleaning Methods
  • Why and How Things Rust
  • The Battle Against Rust

Chapter 2:

  • Basic Approaches to Cleaning Metal
  • Chemical Liquid Parts Baths
  • Electrolytic and Chemical Processes
  • Mechanical Abrasives
  • Other Mechanical Abrasives, Devices and Processes
  • Blast Cleaning Systems
  • Media Types
  • Blast System Variables

Chapter 3:

  • Alternative Approaches to Cleaning Metal
  • Steam and Pressure Washing
  • Industrial Processes

Chapter 4:

  • Choosing the Best Cleaning Processes
  • The Great Bare Metal Debate
  • Selective Stripping and Masking Issues
  • Conclusions and Other Factors

Chapter 5:

  • Frank Weinert, Master Blaster and Man About Cars
  • Frank’s Soda-Blasting Process
  • Frank’s Sandblasting Process
  • Frank’s Soda- and Sandblasting Equipment

Chapter 6:

  • Choosing Abrasive Blasting Materials
  • Recycling Potential
  • Blast Damage Potential
  • Material Type
  • Surface Goal
  • Media Cost
  • Health and Safety
  • Summary of Factors
  • My Favorite Abrasives

Chapter 7:

  • Abrasive Blasting Equipment, Supplies and Accessories
  • Industrial/Commercial Blasting Equipment
  • Blasting on a Budget
  • Consumer-Grade Blasting Equipment
  • Consumer-Grade Blasting Supplies and Accessories
  • Sources

Chapter 8:

  • My Conclusions
  • Cleaning Categories
  • Blasting Booth Successes
  • Frank’s Magic