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Soda Blasting

A safe, soft media ideal for removal of soot, smoke, and odor from fire damage. Prevents rust on cleaned surface.

What is it?

Sodium bicarbonate abrasive media is very similar to the box of baking soda in your refrigerator, only manufactured for a larger, more consistent crystal size.

How does it work?

When blasted onto the material, the soda crystal explodes outward, and that explosion is the force that strips the target of its grease, paint, mold, or dirt. The soda itself is very soft, however, and will not harm the underlying substrate or any glass, plastic, or rubber, which means that masking is not necessary.



Soda Blasting Clean Up

Lately, soda blasting has gotten a bad rep, especially by auto restorers. Once a piece has been soda blasted clean, the story goes, any coatings applied afterwards won’t adhere well. And an expensive, custom coating failure is enough to turn anyone off of a blasting media.

But, don’t blame the soda. Blame the cleaning. Any coating failure can usually be traced back to poor preparation.

After soda blasting, if the piece is not going to be coated quickly (as in a day or two), then leave the soda residue on. Those alkaline salts left behind will help prevent rust. However, if the piece is ready to be coated, then the soda media has to be removed completely to ensure that you won’t have a coating failure. This all boils down to how it is cleaned; you can’t just hose off the piece so that it is clean to the naked eye. Epic adds cleaning agents and rust inhibitors to the wet blast, which will neutralize the surface salts and give you a piece that will keep that coating.

Soda Blasted Gate Detail
Before Soda Blasting
After Soda Blasting and Clear Coat

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