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Dedicated automotive blast booth at American Dry Stripping

4 Reasons to Love Our Automotive Blast Booth

Dedicated automotive blast booth at American Dry Stripping.
Dedicated automotive blast booth at American Dry Stripping.

When we expanded our space, the first item on our wish list was a dedicated automotive blast booth.

American Dry Stripping™ & Xtreme Coatings helps people with all of their automotive sandblasting and media blasting service needs. We are based in Milford, Connecticut and serve customers in metropolitan New York and surrounding counties, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Contact us to learn more.

Click the link below ⬇ to see our sandblasting and media blasting portfolios!

We offer a pick-up and delivery service.

We wanted to include at the shop a BIGGER BOOTH would do a couple of great things for customers looking for automotive dry abrasive media blasting (also know as car sandblasting):

  • Reduced turnaround time for all

    While some of our auto customers aren’t in a huge hurry, our industrial clients often need quick turn around. Vehicles take time and need a special kind of attention in the booth. Once they are in the booth, they can’t be hauled out willy-nilly in order to allow us to complete large, industrial  jobs.

    1956 Thunderbird
    1956 Thunderbird. Can’t barely fit the whole thing in the frame!

    Having a dedicated booth takes the pressure off and gives us more space to support all of the needs of our customers. We expect to be able to double our output by adding this new booth.

  • More space.

    You’ve seen a 1956 Thunderbird, correct? These beasts are enormous, and are not the only sizable vehicle we get in for blasting in the shop.

    Our new booth adds more square footage for our team to access every nook and cranny of the cars you bring us for blasting during restoration.

  • (Even more) Environmentally friendly

    Our new booth is equipped with the latest abrasive recovery system. And because we limit the booth to vehicles, we limit the types of recoverable media used in this booth  as well. This saves on cost and impact on  the environment.

  • More space for training

    The new booth will be utilized as a training space for our team to ensure they are always up to speed on the best and most effective blasting techniques.

Have questions about automotive blast booth?
Ready to get started? Drop us a line!

American Dry Stripping™ & Xtreme Coatings helps people with all of their automotive sandblasting and media blasting service needs. We are based in Milford, Connecticut and serve customers in metropolitan New York and surrounding counties, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Contact us to learn more.

We offer a pick-up and delivery service.

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How Pollen affects the paint on your car

How Pollen Affects Your Car’s Paint

How Pollen affects the paint on your car

Your sinuses aren’t the only thing impacted by the burst of springtime pollen. The moment pollen coats the surface of your car it starts working to erode the finish. How does pollen affect your car, and what can you do to ward off the springtime pollen blues?

American Dry Stripping™ & Xtreme Coatings helps guide people on how to maintain their restoration jobs. We are based in Milford, Connecticut and serve customers in metropolitan New York and surrounding counties, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Contact us to learn more.

We offer a pick-up and delivery service.

Pollen On Your Car’s Exterior

We sometimes think with winter a memory, we are free to leave our cars on the driveway. But the exterior can be impacted even worse by pollen than by snow.

Pollen coats the outside of your car and may leave a sticky, dirty mess to clean up. The buildup will deteriorate the car’s paint job, potentially leading to chips, and eventually rust.

Pollen also coats the windshield making a challenge for wipers to clear. This will impact your visibility while driving. Make sure the wiper fluid is topped up and functioning properly, in order to keep the wipers working optimally.

Save Your Paint by Removing Pollen

Wash car to protect from pollen

The detail pros at Detailed Image encourage you to wash your car frequently during high pollen season. However, there are right ways to wash a car.

They recommend removing the pollen as soon as possible. Pollen may seem like granular dust, but it is designed to cling to bees and flowers. This means it also clings to the pores of the paint can damage it, and advance oxidation.

To help prevent this buildup, it’s important to wash your car using soapy water and light agitation. Soap will deactivate the pollen.

Also be sure to dry it. You can also use a wax coating to help protect the paint, but only after a soapy wash.

If your vehicle’s surface paint is already too far gone, call us. We will get started the right way in removing paint and surface build up from your car.

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American Dry Stripping™ & Xtreme Coatings helps guide people on how to maintain their restoration jobs. We are based in Milford, Connecticut and serve customers in metropolitan New York and surrounding counties, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Contact us to learn more.

We offer a pick-up and delivery service.

Jaguar XKE restoration

Prepping Jaguar XKE Restoration Firewall for Blasting

American Dry Stripping™ & Xtreme Coatings helps people with sandblasting and media blasting. We are based in Milford, Connecticut and serve customers in metropolitan New York and surrounding counties, Long Island, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Contact us to learn more.

Click the link below ⬇ to see our car portfolios!

We offer a pick-up and delivery service.

A client brought us this beautiful Jaguar XKE restoration (incomplete) with the need to have only the firewall blasted.

When we prep a car for media blasting, it takes a great deal of time. We thought we’d share with you the precision process our team goes through to protect the exterior and interior of these rare vehicles.

Here you can see Jose and Miguel cleaning the metal to ensure the tape adheres. We want to ensure no gaps, leaving only the are that will be blasted exposed.

Jaguar XKE restoration
Original paint of Jaguar XKE restoration will be protected during prep.

Ready for resto work on your car?

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1910 White Steam car Model O-O from Jay Leno

Working on a 1910 White Steam Model O-O

1910 White Steam car Model O-O from Jay Leno
1910 White Model O-O

Back before petrol/gasoline became the main fuel for automobiles, there was plain old steam.

The first “substantiated” use of a steam “carriage” as they were called was a-waaayyyyy back in 1815. These would have been external combustion engines and for years were, by and large, experimental. That is, until the 1880s with the rise of large scale manufacturing.

So needless to say we were pretty happy to see parts of our first White steam car in the shop: a 1910 White Steam Model OO frame.

Frames are a tough part of restoration, because they are so awkward to handle. Plus, you need a BIG curing oven to get the coating on these large frames correct. Our curing oven at XTC fits frames up to 18 feet long by 7 feet wide.

1910 White Steam Car Model O O Frame sandblast
1910 White Model O O Frame in our shop

History of the White Steam Car

The 1890s was the big decade for the steamers, with White Motor Company of Cleveland — a subsidiary of White Sewing Machine Company — being one of the bigger names. The steam engine cars were built through 1910 but petered out with the development of the electric starter.

White began producing gasoline powered automobiles in 1910, and stopped production of steam automobiles in 1911, after having made and sold 9,122 White Steamers. Only 9,122.

The company remained in business merging and under various names (CLETRAC, INC and EUCLID, INC.) until the 1985. The bulk of the White truck plants were bought in 1981 by Sweden’s AB Volvo.

What it Takes to Restore a Frame

The dimensions and the weight of these frames make them a bit tricky to blast and coat, but our team got the job done.

Let us know if you have a frame — or any other part of your resto — we can help with, from blasting and bondo removal to ceramic and powder coating. 

If you want to check out a complete restoration of a 1910 White Model O-O, here’s one from Jay Leno’s (very extensive) garage. Of course, Leno has his own fabricators in-house but we don’t. When something needs fabrication around here, clients get referred to Mark or Steve at The Panel Shop in Stratford.

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American Dry Stripping™ & Xtreme Coatings helps people with all of their sandblasting and media blasting service needs. We are based in Milford, Connecticut and serve customers in metropolitan New York and surrounding counties, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Contact us to learn more.

Click the link below ⬇ to see our media blasting and sandblasting portfolios!

We offer a pick-up and delivery service.

restore exhaust manifold

Start Right to Restore Exhaust Manifolds

restore exhaust manifolds
V8 Exhaust manifolds, prior to blasting

Nothing likes to gather rust and oil quite like the cast iron exhaust manifolds in your old car’s engine. So to make these look really great again — many times even better than new — bring them to our shop for restoration.

American Dry Stripping™ & Xtreme Coatings helps people with sandblasting, media blasting, and powder coating services. We are based in Milford, Connecticut and serve customers in metropolitan New York and surrounding counties, Long Island, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Contact us to learn more.

Click the link below ⬇ to see our exhaust and intake manifold portfolio!

We offer a pick-up and delivery service.

What to do when you are ready to restore exhaust manifolds

  1.  Burn off. We use our high-temperature burn-off ovens for items like these V-8 exhaust manifolds. Baking them at a high temp effectively removes all surface grease and oils and any that may have, over the years, soaked into the metal.
  2. Prep is key to finish. To finish, we media blast the manifolds inside and out to remove years of rust and grungy and add a profile to the surface for optimal adhesion of finish coat.

After blasting, all parts are stored in a temperature and humidity-controlled room until pick-up. Or we can ensure you get the right performance coating you want, right away after blasting.

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Sponsoring CT Seaport Car Club

Sponsoring CT Seaport Car Club

Sponsoring CT Seaport Car ClubHey all, we are proud to show our love for classic cars (and the people who love them!) by sponsoring CT Seaport Car Club again this year.

Have you ever taken a look at the CT Seaport Car Club’s “Car Shows from the Past” page?

Go ahead and take a look (and get your scroll finger ready!)

Why We Sponsor

This is group of people seriously dedicated to having fun with the hobby of rare and vintage car collecting.

Gary Jones 1968 Dodge Dart
Here is Gary Joneses 1968 Dodge Dart, at a CT Seaport Car Club event.

Their calendar is up to date with winter activities, as well as the first “green” (when you see the calendar, you will know what we mean!) event of the 2016 season on April 17: the Alpha Phi Delta Car Show, to benefit Special Olympics of CT.

It is not a mystery to us that despite the fact that modern cars are generally more efficient, cleaner, safer, faster than the oldies, people love classic cars! Classic cars are the perfect storm of nostalgia, innovation, beauty and function.

Thanks to CT Seaport Car Club for their great work.

“Classic cars all have a story to tell about what they have accomplished in their lives, where they have been, and why they are still in operation.”

— Ian Davies, Petrolicious

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Media Blasting (sandblasting) 1969 Roadrunner

Media Blasting Classic Cars: 1969 Roadrunner

More media blasting classic cars in the booth this week. For all our MOPAR lovers out there, take a look at this bad boy:

Media Blasting Classic Cars (sandblasting) 1969 Roadrunner
No doubt the owner of this ’69 Plymouth Roadrunner has plans for some heavy duty cruisin’ this summer. He brought this in, prepped and ready for media blasting recently.

Media Blasting Classic Cars - (sandblasting) 1969 Roadrunner

A “Blast” from the Past: The 69 Roadrunner

The 1969 Roadrunner is such a fun story. First, it was the ultimate econo-racer, popular in its 1968 launch year, despite low sales projections.

Also, its name was cross-promoted using the famed Warner Bros. characters (apparently not a popular idea at first.) The Roadrunner’s image was decaled on the car, and the horn even imitates the bird’s famous “Beep Beep”.

The brand synergy worked and in 1969 Motor Trend named this model the Car of the Year.

Media Blasting Classic Cars (sandblasting) 1969 Roadrunner
Notice our media blasting suit? No that is not a Dr. Who character!

So, with over 82,000 units of the 1969 Roadrunner, this isn’t a rare car, per se. But the Roadrunner followed the GTO in mass production of mid-sized, econo street racers that followed the arc of the supercar boom.

Media Blasting Classic Cars (sandblasting) 1969 Roadrunner

Here’s a little Plymouth advertising blast from the past:

Our thanks to the great detail and info from Ate Up with Motor.

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American Dry Stripping™ & Xtreme Coatings helps people with all of their sandblasting and media blasting service and powder coating service needs. We are based in Milford, Connecticut and serve customers in metropolitan New York and surrounding counties, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Contact us to learn more.

Click the link below ⬇ to see our media blasting and sandblasting portfolios!

We offer a pick-up and delivery service.

Love the Morgan Three Wheeler

1937 Morgan three wheeler Super Sports courtesy WIkipedia
1937 Morgan three wheeler Super Sports

A pile of metal is not just a pile of metal over here.

Today, for example, it happens to be parts to 1937 Morgan Super Sport.

We’d post a photo, but sometimes when a car is in our shop, it is a pile of unassembled parts.

The British car maker Morgan started in 1910. That’s 100+ years of car making under the same brand.

Three wheels. Wooden frame. And they’re still making them up in Malvern. What’s not to love?

If you get a hankering to drive a new Morgan three wheeler, there’s a certified Morgan dealer in Copake, NY, — Morgan Motors of New England — just off the Taconic Parkway.

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American Dry Stripping™ & Xtreme Coatings helps people with all of their sandblasting and media blasting service and powder coating service needs. We are based in Milford, Connecticut and serve customers in metropolitan New York and surrounding counties, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Contact us to learn more.

Click the link below ⬇️ to see our car portfolios!

We offer a pick-up and delivery service.

soda blasting

Should I Use Soda Blasting On My Car?

In years past a great deal of attention focused on the introduction of sodium bicarbonate (i.e. baking soda) as an effective blast media. This is called soda blasting. It is a simple chemical compound and an environmentally friendly product.

American Dry Stripping™ & Xtreme Coatings helps people with all of their sandblasting and media blasting service needs. We are based in Milford, Connecticut and serve customers in metropolitan New York and surrounding counties, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Contact us to learn more.

We offer a pick-up and delivery service.

Peter bead blasts a rare split-window Corvette in our booth
Peter bead blasts a rare split-window Corvette in our booth

Do we do soda blasting on at American Dry Stripping? No. 

To this day we still do get calls asking about soda blasting and if we ever use the process on cars.  As with any newly introduced concept the “first mover” crowd is quick to try out a new process.

With enough collected data however there is a point in time when we understand the optimal applications for any given process.

While soda blasting has usefulness for many stripping and cleaning projects, we’ve seen that its application in cars is absolutely not one of them.

How soda blasting works

To understand why this is one must understand sodium bicarbonate is similar to sodium chloride (salt). It is a conductive material and causes electrolysis between different metals, for example, in the make-up of car panels or electrical wiring harnesses. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder and is slightly alkaline.

This specially-granulated powder is applied at high pressure upon a surface, to remove contaminants. Sodium bicarbonate (as does any crystalline substrate) shatters on impact and as a result leaves a residue behind. Residue from soda is extremely difficult to remove completely and will cause significant long-term problems especially in automotive electrical systems.

Pros and cons of Soda Blasting

An upside to soda compared with most other blast media is disposal of spent waste material. Very little soda waste falls to the ground. Other media types, depending on the size of the work, can result in large quantities spent of media and makes cleanup difficult.

On the other hand soda is what is referred to as a “one and done” media. It can only be used once. Other media can be recycled and reused.

Soda Blasting is Messy

Because soda is a crystalline powder the fine dust residue resulting from the blasting process is extremely difficult, if not impossible to remove from blasted metal surfaces and small spaces. This fine powder residue finds its way into electrical components and wiring harnesses.  Its alkaline nature can lead to corrosion of wiring components to the point where full replacement is the only option.

Soda Blasting is Expensive

Baking soda is more costly to manufacture, therefore, more expensive. It is not alternative to a general-purpose blast abrasive.

Also, its soft nature simply does not achieve the kind of production rates that other, heartier abrasives can render. Soda can be used in specific areas, and on specific substrates, and for a number of different reasons.

Loss of Warranty

Most paint companies will not warranty paint on a car that has been sandblasted. Most paint manufacturers will not warranty their product on cars that have been soda blasted. Many car owners have turned to soda blasting in the past; unfortunately, they run into car restoration nightmares. We suggest you do your homework and peruse the car forums for the pros and cons of soda and cars.

We here at American Dry Stripping believe that there are better options.

Blasting cars at American Dry Stripping

From our 30+ years of experience, soda is not the ideal blast media for any type of car. We DO NOT use nor do we recommend its use.

Soda is effective for a wide range of blasting processes. Cars are just not one of them. Soda will not remove rust and is very slow to remove body filler. Soda is also very expensive when compared to fine abrasive blasting. We have refined our process to the point were we can blast virtually anything without any panel distortion, while still removing rust, paint, body filler and leaving a very fine profile ideal for paint adhesion and without hardening the steel. So soda is of minimal use to us.

Whether you are an industrial organization or a car enthusiast, economics and time are significant considerations for any job. Our experts can counsel you on balancing time and budgets, especially important when it comes to automotive restorations, and make recommendations for optimal outcomes. For example, how a car arrives at ADS is a factor in cost. Frame-off or frame-on, rolling frames, complete car bodies, or individual parts is no problem for our professionals and we are happy to work with you to fit your budget and timeline.

Not only do we provide a clean and efficient blasting job, but also you will not have to worry about any airborne dust, environmental issues or the hassle associated with cleanup. All our blasting processed are done onsite at our facility in enclosed controlled blast booth environments. Industrial abrasive media blasting and stripping is a better choice for your automotive restoration, lifestyle, construction or industrial project, so bring yours to American Dry Stripping today.

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American Dry Stripping™ & Xtreme Coatings helps people with all of their sandblasting and media blasting service needs. We are based in Milford, Connecticut and serve customers in metropolitan New York and surrounding counties, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Contact us to learn more.

We offer a pick-up and delivery service.

We serve customers in :
Connecticut, Westchester, New York City, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey. 

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