Sodium Blasting

Sodium Blasting

Soda blasting is a method of removing surface contaminants and coatings by using sodium bicarbonate.  Compressed air from specialized blasting machine propel particles against the surface to be cleaned.  As the sodium bicarbonate particles come in contact with the surface, it removes the contaminant or coating.  The sodium bicarbonate and blasting machine work in unison to perform this removal process in a nondestructive manner.

Soda Blasting is ideal for Fire restoration, Auto Body restoration and Graffiti removal. It can also remove;

  • paint
  • rust 
  • dirt
  • grease
  • oil
  • carbon and more
  • steel
  • stainless steel
  • aluminum
  • galvanized metal
  • concrete
  • ceramic tile
  • glass plastics
  • rubber
  • neoprene and more.

Soda is used for fire restoration projects because it will effectively remove ash and soot from a sensitive substrate, like wood or brick, without damaging the surface. In addition, it also has the ability to neutralize most of the burn smell associated with structural fires.

Soda is used for auto body restoration as it is able to remove several coats of paint from both metal and fiberglass body cars without any damage, while leaving a nice smooth finish. The higher a pH soda has will cause it to act as a natural rust inhibitor. Which in some cases, will hold for months without any sign of rust. Another plus in auto body restoration is the soft nature of soda. You are able to brush by glass, chrome bumpers and sometimes even plastic moldings in most cases with little to no damage.

Again Soda is ideal for Graffiti removal as the soft soda is able to remove paint from brick or natural stone without damaging the underlying material. A big plus with graffiti is that after a soda blast you are able to, in most cases, just simply rinse the soda away because it is easily soluble.

Another great way to utilize the unique traits of soda blasting is in the “wet” application.  The water is able to aid in the cleaning by getting into places the dry abrasive is unable to penetrate. Also with this method, there is absolutely no dust, which can be a huge problem in the dry application. The wet method is the preferred technique for a job like graffiti removal.