When it comes to stripping paint, rust, oil and grease from the steel body of a car, a variety of methods can be used including acid dipping, manual sanding, paint stripper, dry sandblasting and wet sandblasting.
The typical problems with surface preparation during automotive restoration are:
- Paint, rust and filler removal is a very slow and laborious process when done manually by hand
- Dry sandblasting causes panel ‘warping’ due to friction and heat
- When the car panel is dipped in acid, it can reach into tiny crevices but some of these are difficult to paint and can rust quickly
- Harsh chemicals used in paint strippers are bad for the health and the environment
- Expensive transport costs to take the vehicle off site to blast