Soda Blasting Service

Discussion in 'Maintenance and Repair' started by jonala, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. jonala

    jonala Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Mountain View
    Name:
    John
    I'm rebuilding a 73 Yamaha RD 350. The engine has a lot salt corrosion and internally it is a mess. I think soda blasting is the way to go. Can anyone recommend a shop that does soda blasting?

    The items that need attention are main engine cases inside and out, side engine cases, carburetors inside and out, cylinders, and heads.

    Preferably in the south bay, or the peninsula.

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  2. buellistic

    buellistic Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Riding the Sierras
    Name:
    Dan
    Caustic soda is really brutal it may damage The soft metal parts...
     
  3. Andy

    Andy Wheelie for Safety

    Location:
    Los Altos, CA
    Name:
    Andy
  4. Andy

    Andy Wheelie for Safety

    Location:
    Los Altos, CA
    Name:
    Andy
  5. jonala

    jonala Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Mountain View
    Name:
    John
    The soda they use is a coarser baking soda. Doesn't harm aluminum, steel, brass, even fiberglass. Just removes corrosion, paint, and gunk.
     
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  6. buellistic

    buellistic Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Riding the Sierras
    Name:
    Dan
    Good. The soda I have used removes the Tartar off the inside of wine barrels and chews up the plumbing
    Getting it there. And the. Concrete drains...
     
  7. TheFirstMate

    TheFirstMate Of course it's cool. It's awesome as shit!

    Location:
    Swanton
    Name:
    Stephen
  8. jonala

    jonala Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Mountain View
    Name:
    John
    Thanks for the suggestions. I have decided to embrace it's ratty and rusty character. Instead of spending $$$ on cosmetics, I'll put that money towards quality suspension components.
     
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  9. RobertHaas

    RobertHaas Gone to Facebook

    Location:
    Salinas
    Name:
    Robert
    I have a tiny bit of experience restoring stuff. I might suggest using multiple disciplines in removing oxidation/corrosion. Keep in mind that corrosion means some material is already gone, using abrasives removes even more. It is amazing how well some parts respond to good old elbow grease. Carburetor restoration is a natural for heated ultrasound. If you do not have access to one, bring your carbs down here and we can tank them in mine.
     
  10. jonala

    jonala Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Mountain View
    Name:
    John
    Thank you for the offer Robert, I have the carbs done. My new plan is doing the best I can to neutralize whatever salt contamination is still present on the bike. I'll let the next owner who is reliving their youth make it pretty again.
     
  11. Motech

    Motech Mr. Logorrhoea

    Location:
    Santa Cruz
    Name:
    Steve
    Ping me brother. Tell me about your ultrasonic unit.
     
  12. Motech

    Motech Mr. Logorrhoea

    Location:
    Santa Cruz
    Name:
    Steve
    I like. My motto 35 years now: "Looks Like Hell, Goes Like Hell!"
     
  13. RobertHaas

    RobertHaas Gone to Facebook

    Location:
    Salinas
    Name:
    Robert
    German bad ass unit
     
  14. Motech

    Motech Mr. Logorrhoea

    Location:
    Santa Cruz
    Name:
    Steve
    I need one, way spendy for larger pro level, so I've been scouting for used. I even posted a WTB in this forum.
     
  15. RobertHaas

    RobertHaas Gone to Facebook

    Location:
    Salinas
    Name:
    Robert
    This is mine, about 5 bills if I remember correctly.

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  16. Motech

    Motech Mr. Logorrhoea

    Location:
    Santa Cruz
    Name:
    Steve
    I've looked at the Sharpertek line. For larger carbs, their recommendation us the SH960-36L, the 10 gallon unit at $2450.00. :eek

    What series/tank size is yours?
    Will it swallow a disassembled Q-Jet?
     
  17. RobertHaas

    RobertHaas Gone to Facebook

    Location:
    Salinas
    Name:
    Robert
    yes it will handle a q=jet a Carter AFB and any Holley made.
     
  18. woody77

    woody77 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Redwood City
    Name:
    Aaron
    Are the cheap harbor freight ultrasonic cleaners any good? (or just a waste of money?)
     
  19. RobertHaas

    RobertHaas Gone to Facebook

    Location:
    Salinas
    Name:
    Robert
    I would hazard a guess you get what you pay for. For these to work correctly they need to have variable frequency with a large amplitude and a heating element.
     
  20. woody77

    woody77 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Redwood City
    Name:
    Aaron
    Yes, but there are a few aspects to that: product life, duty-cycle, "does it work at all", etc. If it works, but won't stand up to daily use, that's probably ok for someone that uses it a couple times a year.
     
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