Sand Blasting

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  1. 1988 Ford F-250

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    I am looking for some advice on sandblasting truck parts.
    I mainly want to sand blast the frame and suspension parts. I'm planning on buying one of the cheap sand blasters (i know it will be slow) that are run by a really big air compressor I have and are basically a gun with a hose that you stick into your pail full of sand....will this do the job to get the rust and mil scale that are on the parts? Also, what sand should I use and how much will I need approximately? On a really tight budget!! Thanks
     
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    i would start with a needle scaler first to get the worst off
     
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    I assume that/s a type of sand/media?
     
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    No. It's one of these.

    Air Needle Scaler

    1. Use a pressure blaster. Harbor Freight has a decent one for less than $100.
    2. The nozzle makes all the difference in the world. When they wear out, the efficiency is greatly reduced. Buy a bunch of them.
    3. Buy a sheet of thin Plexiglas and cut a bunch of lenses to fit your hood. you will go through them a lot.
    4. Do it in a area where you don't mind turning into beach front property.
    5. Wear a respirator. Sand dust is very bad for your lungs.
    6. be sure to have a water separator on your compressor.
    7. the cleaner the part the better the blast job. (remove dirt, grease and oil).
    8. don't hold the nozzle in one place too long...this will warp the metal.
    9. there is lead in some of the joints that is the reason for #5 also.
    10. any seam sealer you run into will be a "witch" to blast out. use a scrapper on this.
    11. Don't leave any "bare" metal overnight....wash and prime...
     
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    I think I would prefer to just stick to sand or soda blasting.
     
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    no it is an air tool, they have many variations, i use a straight one from hf,



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    What type
     
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    i used the needle scaler and rust encapsulator on my beater truck,

    depends how heavy a rust you are removing, this gets the worst off and will will save you time sandblasting
     
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    sand blasting will take you years with a small setup. been there, gave up.

    wire wheel and frame paint.
     
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    And use alot of sand I am sure that stuff can't be cheap. Plus the clean up its going to be everywhere, plus need the right PPE as the dust and sand particles are gonna fly to who knows where.
     

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