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Is soda blasting a good way to strip remove the paint on a 1969 Chevy Corvette?

January 14th, 2011 · No Comments

I have a 1969 chevrolet corvette and we are in the process of restoring it. I have been researching different ways to remove the paint that is currently on the fiber glass body. Is soda blasting a good method? If you have any experience with soda blasting, what are the down sides to it? If it is a good method of paint removal, about how much would it cost to get the body soda blasted (everything except the front clip)?

- Soda blast is a good way because it will not dig into the fiberglass. The only other way is to sand it all down by hand. Not sure of any down sides, never used it before. It will be harder to find someone that does soda blasting, its still kind new. Most places do sandblasting for around $60 to $90 an hour. So it could be expensive.
- Find a Corvette Club and ask some of the members. Also if you have a Corvette Dealer Restorer in your area talk to them. Any Type of Blasting is never recommended. Also once you get it stripped, it will need to be treated, as older Fiberglass tends to dry somewhat and needs to be treated. Also take care of any Spider Cracks at the same time, and if you have to, go in behind it and lay a little more fiberglass in areas around the corner where your hood fits.
- I still recommend hand sanding as when you previously asked this question. Any kind of blasting will make the glass wavy which will be apparent to onlookers. It will also get the media into every place imagineable and probably into the paint when you paint it. How about you don’t remove the paint? Just sand it, prime where needed and paint. Much better than trying to get paint to stick well to bare glass or metal.

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