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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:24 pm    Post subject: Soda Blasting Gun - Not Working Like I Thought..... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have one of those soda blaster guns from Harbor Frieght, and tried it once on some parts. If I remember correctly, it didn't really do a great job, and made a HUGE mess of dust and soda everywhere. It seemed like it was just "blowing" soda everywhere without any power to clean anything. I'm using an 80 gallon heavy duty oil drive compressor that fills up to around 175 psi and shuts off.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Soda Blasting Gun - Not Working Like I Thought..... Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I went out and tried it again (2nd time to use) today, and it Just blew soda everywhere with out really cleaning anything. I blasted a Cub Hydraulic Pump and it basically just "blew the dust off it" . It still has paint, dirt and grease still on it. I flaked off the clump of dirt with my finger and the blaster wouldn't even do it. WHAT GIVES!? I would think that it would do better than that! Went through a small box of soda in about 60 seconds with no results.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Soda Blasting Gun - Not Working Like I Thought..... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have found that mine will not take painr or grease off. It works great on aluminum or tarnished metal. I have the HF hand held sand blast gun. I get a lot of dust with mine also. I am wondering if there isn"t a different grade of soda that can be used. I have seen them blasting the crude off the bottoms of boats after taking them out of the water and they worked great. I used mine on my Ferg. carb and it worked good.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:15 am    Post subject: Re: Soda Blasting Gun - Not Working Like I Thought..... Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Soda blasting is intended for use on delicate sheetmetal parts because it is more gentle and has less tendency to warp the sheet-metal. If you need to remove paint and rust from more substantial parts, you need a more aggresive blasting media such as glass beads or black slag.

Even the more aggresive medias will NOT remove caked on, hardened grease or oil. That stuff needs to be scraped off by hand.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:27 am    Post subject: Re: Soda Blasting Gun - Not Working Like I Thought..... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

MisterT wrote:
(quoted from post at 20:15:05 01/28/13)
Soda blasting is intended for use on delicate sheetmetal parts because it is more gentle and has less tendency to warp the sheet-metal. If you need to remove paint and rust from more substantial parts, you need a more aggresive blasting media such as glass beads or black slag.

Even the more aggresive medias will NOT remove caked on, hardened grease or oil. That stuff needs to be scraped off by hand.


But what would you do with the delicate sheetmetal parts? It sure wont blast them (ie. take paint and rust off). It won't even clean up an aluminum carburetor or aluminum hydraulic pump. Seems as if the tip may be too big or the baking soda just isn't abrasive enough??? IDK....but from what I've seen people do from soda blasting, this gun sure aint doing it.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:12 am    Post subject: Re: Soda Blasting Gun - Not Working Like I Thought..... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Go to the website for American Soda Blasting and read up. There can be no moisture to soda blast or it will not work. It also says many people have been sold sand blasters as soda blasters [which also will not work] If you have no moisture and the right psi and cfm it should work if you do indeed have a soda blaster.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Soda Blasting Gun - Not Working Like I Thought..... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

RTR wrote:
(quoted from post at 20:24:50 01/27/13) I have one of those soda blaster guns from Harbor Frieght, and tried it once on some parts. If I remember correctly, it didn't really do a great job, and made a HUGE mess of dust and soda everywhere. It seemed like it was just "blowing" soda everywhere without any power to clean anything. I'm using an 80 gallon heavy duty oil drive compressor that fills up to around 175 psi and shuts off.


Less soda more air......

100 lbs of soda and a 185 cfm compressor, grease oil dirt rust paint down to bare steel





 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Soda Blasting Gun - Not Working Like I Thought..... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have used regular baking soda (Arm and Hammer)in my regular sand blaster to remove paint off a car. I did not do the whole thing but it worked well around the chrome parts.
 
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