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Old 11-12-2003, 07:31 PM   #1
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Walnuts........

Has Anyone ever sand blasted an Argosy with crushed walnuts? I know this is a low distortion way of blasting fiberglass...Just wondering if anyone has ever done an Argosy this way.....
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Old 11-12-2003, 07:37 PM   #2
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Walnut hulls less heat than sand but the best is plastic beads, I know it won't hurt automotive panels. I do auto collision repair. Marvin
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Old 11-12-2003, 07:42 PM   #3
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Where does one acquire Glass beads....and how is the clean up? Jeff
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Old 11-12-2003, 07:43 PM   #4
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I used fine sand to sandblast mine, it worked great and beat a da around a few thousand rivets.

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You will have to check with an automotive paint supplier or a body shop. Or with a sand blasting company.
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What about sealing the panels after...
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Old 11-12-2003, 08:27 PM   #7
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Use Crushed corn husks. Crushed Corn husks are used to clean log homes because it will not damage the logs which causes wood fraying. Corn huskd will make logs look like new. It should also clean fiberglass or aluminum leaving a clean surface with no damage.
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aviontt -- Are you trying to get how deep into the finish? See this thread for another recent discussion on the topic. LOL
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Old 11-13-2003, 06:31 AM   #9
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The end cap have some very light rust. I would also like to remove all the paint I have sandblasted truck frames and the like I know about the heat problem The big issue to me is the resealing process also witch would be better walnuts or plastic...
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Fine blasting sand really will work with no problems. This is a shot fairly flat down the lh front corner of my mh, you can see there was no distortion. The paint comes of very easy, it's not like having to stay in one place like cleaning rust off a frame. Use a large diameter nozzle and keep moving, it will peel right off.

By sealing do you mean primer? If so it has to be zinc oxide, the galvanized caps and aluminum won't take regular primer. I used a primer surfacer over that to help seal around the rivets, then the color coats.

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You may want to contact Charlie Burke - American Way
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Another thing to think about is it you use plastic and I think it is true with soda too is you don't have to tape anything off like glass as these products won't harm the glass and other things.
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