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One of the biggest challenges of restoring classic cars or exotic cars is figuring out how to make the vehicle look like new while preserving the original components. Although there are many different techniques used in automotive restoration, many classic car enthusiasts are quickly discovering that DRY ICE BLASTING can delicately deliver impressive results. Whether you’re trying to remove grime from the undercarriage or eliminate rust from the frame, here’s what you should know about restoring cars with dry ice blasting.
How Does Dry Ice Blasting Work?
Dry ice blasting is performed using a specialized machine that dispenses carbon dioxide pellets at high speeds. After surface prep, a trained specialist directs the device to shoot CO2 toward the surface—or substrate—of the auto body. Micro-explosions occur as the carbon dioxide hits the material, carefully loosening debris that may have accumulated on the vehicle. This method is so versatile that it can effectively remove all kinds of substances from cars, such as paint, oil, grease, rust, and dirt.
Will Dry Ice Blasting Damage the Auto Body?
Other forms of media removal —such as pressure washing, sandblasting, and buffing—can cause varying levels of damage to the frame of a vehicle. By contrast, dry ice blasting is prized for its ability to loosen and remove debris without damaging the substrate. During cleaning, your specialist will control the pressure, so just the right amount is applied. When the process is complete, the original substrate—such as the metal frame—should be intact.
How Will Dry Ice Blasting Improve Classic Car Restoration?
Manual cleaning techniques can take hundreds of hours to fully remove build-up from an older vehicle. Dry ice blasting, however, takes a fraction of the time and little to no grunt work. Since this technique is versatile and requires only a few materials, it can also help you save a great deal of money on restoration.
While you will have to sweep up dirt, rust, and paint fragments that come off the vehicle, dry ice blasting simplifies clean-up needs. Specifically, during blasting, the carbon dioxide will evaporate and produce no additional debris. Regarding safety, dry ice blasting is also eco-friendly and non-toxic.