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Old 05-15-2022, 11:05 AM   #1
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Sandblasting vs other forms of restoration.

I just picked up my 1971 25' Airstream and am fairly certain the frame is in great need of repair. It was previous located in South Florida, so exposed to a lot of moisture and salty air. It seems to be pretty rusty, but hopefully no worse.

I'm considering having it professionally treated, as I want to ensure the frame is safe! I've only heard of sandblasting, but just yesterday heard there are other, newer (maybe better?) blasting forms.

Does anyone have insight on sandblasting? Other blasting? General advice during the frame repair process?

Thank you!
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Old 05-26-2022, 08:03 PM   #2
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I had an 76 argosy blasted, two layers of paint, one being a marine grade we think. Anyway I contacted a professional blaster and he came to our home to do the blasting. He has several types of material to blast with and had great ideas how to do it. Worth every penny getting a professional idea. Good luck
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Old 05-26-2022, 11:03 PM   #3
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"Sandblasting" is a generic term these days. Once upon a time, it referred just to playing with sand. They went away from that many decades ago. There are a wide range of materials and ways to mix materials. Working out what will work on "this stuff" coated over "that stuff" on top of a metal frame is not trivial.

There also is a range of equipment that can be used. The good gear is not cheap. Setting up to do a single job is going to be expensive.

Indeed, best to hire a pro.

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Old 05-28-2022, 01:01 PM   #4
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Thank you so much for your advice! I'll be hiring a professional
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