Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Vapour Blasting process work?
Compressed air accelerates the water and abrasive slurry (usually glass bead) onto the component’s surface, removing surface coatings, contaminants and corrosion. Following the removal of surface residues, components receive a clean, desirable finish, giving parts that ‘’fresh as new look’’.
What are the advantages of Vapour Blasting over dry abrasive blasting?
Vapour blasting produces a finer finish than dry blasting and is ideal for the cleaning of more delicate components. Vapour blasting machines use a water and abrasive slurry to simultaneously blast and degrease, preventing impregnation of media onto the component. One of the major advantage of vapour blasting is that it is a dust free process.
How can I prepare components for Vapour Blasting?
All parts must be entirely dismantled prior to being vapour blasted. This includes removing brackets, bolts and any other items branching off the component, all of which can be treated separately. Some rubber components (seals, cups etc..) respond well to a light vapour blasting treatment, but should still be removed from components. Also all parts need to be degreased before vapour blasting process ( we can do that at extra cost, see price list).
What are the costs involved?
Our Vapour blasting is high quality & time consuming process. We charge at €80 per hour (plus VAT 13,5%), however, for those smaller jobs, there is a minimum charge of €20 (plus VAT 13,5%) Please see price list.
Commonly Vapour Blasted Parts
We can Vapour Blast all aluminium components and engine blocks, cylinder heads, manifolds, gearbox housings, carburettors & crankcase housings. Give us a call if you have a part that needs to be Vapour Blasted.
Why use us?
Our premium service offers affordable reconditioning for motorcycle, automotive, marine and aeronautical components to the highest standard. Located less than 20 minutes from Dublin City and the airport, our responsive team and fast turnover will have your parts immaculately refurbished in no time!
Does Vapour Blasting suit all metals?
Typically, all metal components are suitable to be vapour blasted, however depending on the items function, some components may respond better to different surface coatings. We also offer a wet blasting using different size of abrasive which restores components in a similar fashion but with slightly different finish.
What parts cannot be vapour blasted?
Vapour blasting may not be as effective in removing some surface coating such as 2 pack paint and powder coating, but it is best suited to make ferrous and non-ferrous metal castings look new again. To strip paints and powder coatings we use chemical striping prior vapour blasting. Get in touch with us if you have any doubts whether or not your components can be vapour blasted, we are more than happy to advise what surface coating may best suit your material.
Will it erode metal and affect dimensions or tolerances?
No, one of the benefits of vapour blasting is that all critical surfaces and dimensions of components remain unchanged.
What is the maximum size of a product that can be vapour blasted?
Our Aqua blast cabinet is large enough to handle most components automotive, motorcycle, aeronautical and marine components once dismantled. Internally, it measures 1000 mm x 1050 mm x 1000 mm (width, depth, height), however we do need to be able to manoeuvre the component to treat the entire surface. Most wheels, engine blocks, gearbox housings and exhaust systems shouldn’t be an issue. If in doubt, get in touch!
How will my parts be returned?
Parts should be fully dismantled when left with us, and this is how they will be returned, treated of course. If required, we will carefully package parts to be returned via AnPost or courier.
What methods of payment are accepted?
Cash (if components are being collected), PayPal or internet banking.
How long will vapour blasting take?
Depending on the size of the job from 1 to 3 working days. Small projects usually same day.