About

Welcome to The Soda Blasting Guy!   The purpose of this blog is to help educate people about soda blasting.

Soda blasting uses a form of sodium bicarbonate to strip paint and clean all kinds of surfaces.  Some common uses include stripping paint from cars, trucks, boats, aircraft, farm and industrial equipment; mold and fire/smoke damage remediation; building restoration; graffiti removal; cleaning food processing and preparation equipment; stone, statuary and swimming pool cleanup; cleaning and stripping wooden furniture and wood surfaces: cleaning anilox printing press rolls; and much, much more.

It is an ecofriendly cleaning process.  Yes, you can think of soda blasting as an ecofriendly paint stripper!

If you take the time to read these blogs in order, from my very first posting forward, you will get a pretty good understanding of what soda blasting is all about.

So take a few minutes to learn about this great cleaning process, and please ask any questions that you might have.  I’ll do my best to answer them.  Thanks!

The Soda Blasting Guy

 

 

24 thoughts on “About

  1. can you talk more about prepping after a car is soda blasted like what to use. there a lot of things on the net saying how bad soda is we need to educate the public on the right way to prep thanks tony A&A soda blasting

    • Hi Tony, this is an area with a lot of misinformation floating around the internet. Soda blasting leaves a film of dust on the car after it is blasted. This film of dust has to be removed before applying paint. It’s been said that prep work is 90% of a good paint job. Just like anything else in life, some people take the time to prep a car correctly and some don’t. In my opinion, some people had their cars soda blasted, didn’t take the time, or didn’t know how, to do the prep properly, and then had adhesion problems with their paint jobs. They then went to the paint companies complaining about the problem. Since the paint companies can’t determine, on a case by case basis, who takes the time and effort to do the proper prep work, some basically said that soda blasting is the problem. It’s a lot easier to do that rather than getting into “finger pointing” with your customer. In reality, the problem isn’t soda blasting or the paint. I have talked about this issue in the past with people at one of the large soda blast media manufacturing companies, and I was told how they recommend doing the prep work. It was written about in my blog entitled “Soda Blasting & Stripping Automotive Paint“. Thanks for reading! – The Soda Blasting Guy

    • Hi Paolo, thanks for reading my blog! A lot depends on what type and size nozzle you are using. There are round nozzles and there are fan tip nozzles. A round nozzle gives a more concentrated spray area, while a fan tip gives a wider spray area. I would say that most 40 lb soda blasters are probably equipped with round nozzles. The soda blasting process is a proven process for cleaning wooden items like you mention, so that is not a problem. As far as how much area you can clean, all soda blasters are different. A lot also depends on the cfm (cubic feet per minute) output of your air compressor. The cfm will determine the size of the nozzle you can use. The nozzle size will determine how much soda per minute is used and how much area you can expect to clean. For example, using the ACE Model 2-PS with a fan tip nozzle, you could expect to clean roughly 4 to 8 square feet per minute of blasting. If I knew the nozzle I.D. size (Internal Diameter) and type (round or fan tip), I could give you a very rough approximation. Without knowing that, the best way to find out is to ask the equipment manufacturer. Hope this helps. Thanks again for reading. – The Soda Blasting Guy

  2. Thanks for the reply Ive been soda blasting for 7 years now. I blast for a lot of professional restorers and they wont use anything else but soda Keep up the good work Tony A&A Soda blasting (aasoda.com)

  3. What is the best way to dispose of the used media? Can I simply put it in my garbage for regular pick up?

    • Hi Jeff,
      It all depends on what you kind of material you have removed. If the material removed is toxic, such as lead paint, you should contact your local authorities about proper disposal. But, if the material removed is non-toxic, you can dispose of the used media in the general trash stream.
      Thanks for reading my blog! – The Soda Blasting Guy

    • Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for reading my blog! I suggest you call a few pool cleaning companies in your area to find out if any of them can give you an estimate. Thanks again. – The Soda Blasting Guy

  4. Hey there, I recently blasted a motorcycle engine without the cylinders or side covers installed and some of the baking soda made ita way into the engine. I submersed the engine in hot water but it would appear that what little oil was left in the engine may have formed a barrier around the soda and the water must not have had any effect. This is all speculation of course. There cant be much in there at all at this point but I was wondering if you had any ideas on what i could flush the engine with to fully dissolve what’s left? Im reluctant to use any type of vinegar because im under the impression it may alkali some metals and oil will not stick. Correct me if I’m wrong. Unless baking soda isnt hard enough to ruin my bearings or scratch my cylinders. Really any ideas are welcome.

    • Hi Beau,
      It is difficult for me to comment on a situation based on speculation that I also cannot see. I would think that the hot water flush would have dissolved most (if not all) of the soda residue in the situation you describe. The soda would not ruin your bearings or scratch your cylinders. If you feel uncomfortable with that, run the engine with new oil until it gets hot, and then do an oil change. Thanks for reading my blog! -The Soda Blasting Guy

  5. considering soda blasting to remove current finish on hardwood floors in bedrooms and dining room area and restore from there? Is soda blasting a good fit for this purpose? I have a good-sized air compressor and will consider buying attachments based on your feedback.

    • Hi Tim,

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Soda blasting will remove most types of finishes from wood surfaces. It is important to use a high quality soda blaster, and to make sure it has an adjustable pressure regulator. Start blasting at a low pressure, and increase the pressure in small increments until you are removing the finish without getting into the wood.

      A lot will depend on the cfm output of your air compressor. Make sure that any soda blaster you consider buying will operate with the cfm output of your compressor. Also, remember that the cfm output of your compressor will also dictate what size nozzle you can use. I don’t know the size of the rooms you want to blast, but the larger the nozzle that your compressor will support, the faster you will get the job done. Hope this helps you out. -The Soda Blasting Guy

  6. Hi

    I found your site on the internet and am wondering if you can help me with a query.

    I am wondering what your opinion is on using a small soda blaster to clean BBQ’s and grills. From what I have read about soda blasting, it appears that it would work fine (although it might be a bit messy).

    I was looking at a compressor that has an output of around 12cfm and a small 40lb soda blaster. The jobs I would be looking at would be small household BBQs and grills.

    Do you think this is something that would work or is the mess that a soda blaster puts out be too much to handle. I like the biodegradability of the media, and the fact that not too much water is used in the initial clean.

    Thanks

    Justin

    • Hi Justin,
      Thanks for reading my blog! I know lots of people who soda blast their BBQs and grills and are very happy with the results. I can’t think of any reason why it wouldn’t work for you too. Good luck!
      -The Soda Blasting Guy

  7. Sbg I want to blast my carbon fiber hood, I want to strip the clear and leave the gel coat in tact. Any idea what psi is good to be maxed at? Obviously start low but what is a good stop point? Looking to re clear the hood and I will be making my own siphon soda blaster

    • Hi Ryan,
      Thanks for reading my blog. You just can’t get the amount of velocity or consistent flow that is required for soda blasting when you try to use a siphon system. Having said that, I’d be careful trying to soda blast a carbon fiber hood with that kind of setup. If you do try it, start out at a low blasting pressure and slowing increase the psi until you are removing the paint without damaging the gel coat. There is no magic number for where to stop raising the psi. Every job is different, especially on soft substrate materials. Good luck! – The Soda Blasting Guy

  8. Hello. I’m Tonny, and from Denmark. I have a question regarding soda blast media. Is there a tablet showing how much powder is used in hour/Square meter? I need to come up with a price for a few customers, and I need to know how much powder is used, before i can quote a price. I need powder for two Houses made off tree. They are 300 Square meter . I have a compressor kaeser m57.
    Regards.
    Tonny Pulsen.

    • Hi Tonny. Thank you for reading my blog. Every soda blasting machine has a different usage rate. I suggest that you contact the company that made your soda blaster and ask them. They should be able to give you an idea of how much soda blast media will be required to do your job. Sorry I can’t give you a better answer, but the equipment manufacturer should be able to help you. Good luck! -The Soda Blasting Guy

    • Hi Pedro,
      There are a number of people stripping aluminum aircraft using the ACE Model 2-PS Heavy Duty Portable Soda Blaster with great success.
      Thanks for reading my blog! -The Soda Blasting Guy

  9. Hi , I was thinking about getting a soda blasting set up as I want to tidy up an old motorcycle. Basically remove wheel paint and tank paint as well as clean some parts. Today I saw a reasonably priced air compressor. Its 50L max 10 bar and cfm 9.6. If I couple this with a soda blaster that runs from 8 cfm up will it do the job for me. The blaster says ideally use an air compressor with 20 cfm but those seem much more expensive. I will only need a small noozle as the bike parts are relatively small. Thoughts? Cheers Keith

    • Hi Keith, thanks for reading my blog. A lot of people are using the ACE Performance Plus Portable Soda Blaster for the type of motorcycle parts you mention. It has a minimum air requirement of 6 cfm at 100 psi. Thanks again- The Soda Blasting Guy

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