Difference between Soda Blasting and Sandblasting Your Vehicle

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In order to remove paint, rust, oil, and grease from the steel body of your vehicle, you can use a variety of methods. Some of the common ones are sandblasting and soda blasting. Sandblasting uses sand particles to scrape your vehicle’s surface with small particles propelled at high pressure. On the other hand, soda blasting uses sodium bicarbonate, otherwise known as baking soda. There is another variation called dustless sandblasting, which is sandblasting with the addition of water and usually a rust inhibitor.

What Is Sandblasting?

Sandblasting is the process of applying sand to an object at high pressure. It is quite often used to remove paint from machinery and metal, but it has other uses as well. You can use other materials besides sand in sandblasting. For instance, you could use a glass bead, walnut shell, or coconut shell. This method is suitable for industrial applications and is more effective at removing rust from your vehicle. It is also quite fast to clean.

What Is Soda Blasting?

Soda blasting is a newer technology in the field of blasting. In this process, you apply specially granulated sodium bicarbonate at high pressure to a surface. Sodium bicarbonate is much gentler than sandblasting. Because of this, it’s suitable for use on chrome, plastics, and glass. This method is environmentally friendly and biodegradable. Since it doesn’t produce much heat, it will not warp the metal surface.

Which Is Better?

There are several differences between soda blasting and sandblasting. Sandblasting may be cheaper than soda blasting. For aluminum surfaces, soda blasting is a preferable option to sandblasting because it is gentler.  Sandblasting is often the preferred choice for cleaning industrial equipment because it removes grease and paints quickly. Many cars today are sandblasted since it is the less expensive option. It is better to hire a professional for sandblasting, because they will know how much pressure to apply to avoid any damage to the body of your vehicle.

Hire a Professional

At Extreme Carpet Care & Restoration, we offer sandblasting, soda blasting, and dustless blasting. You can use these methods for preparing your vehicle for a new coat of paint or cleaning rust off. You can also use it to get rid of unsightly graffiti. Additionally, our team is experienced with each of these methods. Our technicians know which method to use for which surface, whether it is wood, chrome, concrete, metals, or glass. For instance, soda blasting is suitable for copper since it is a soft metal, which would not withstand the traditional sandblasting method. Feel free to contact us today for all your needs.

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