The demand for Vapour and Soda Blasting services

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Ronart boy
Joined: 2012-11-04

As a classic car owner with vapour and soda blasting experience, I am considering a business offering a high quality car and parts cleaning service using vapour and soda blasting and maybe adding ultra sonic cleaning if there is a demand.

Has anyone had experience of these services?

Would anyone consider using any of these services to assist them in their restorations etc?

Is there sufficient demand for these services?

Is there a demand for any other services that I should consider offering instead of or alongside the blasting / cleaning ie powder coating?

Being located in the UK do you think there is a more international demand or would postage create a problem?

As a fellow car enthusiast you opinion’s matter to me, thanks in advance


Joined: 2011-09-20

There is a demand but I don't think soda is the best option for our climate, and a lot of other people do it, any process which involves "washing in water" doesn't make sense to me. Have a look at the gentle media blasting, especially plastic and walnut shell, very few people do that. I have to travel over 200 miles to find someone. Think of security, people that want this done will often hand over pannel that are "irreplacable". Never "outsource" the work.

Use a fixed menu price, get some fetaures in the classic press.

The option to paint (quality etch prime) would be appreciated by many owners as well.


David Kellogg
Joined: 2012-02-20

Agree with DavidChaps, and suggest further that you decide if you want to work exclusively with restorers, or also with racers. The former would simplify your life, the latter offer a broader market and therewith somewhat more complexity. 

Were you to choose to work with racers, then offering services like magnaflux crack testing would bring in extra funds with little initial outlay. If you opt for painting service, you will have safety regulations and inspection expense to accompany your business certification process. As DC suggests, it would be wise to research your environmental safety expenses as part of your start-up costs.

Are you aware of zinc sulfate as a metals aftertreatment? If you blast down to bare steel, you would certainly want to provide a zinc sulfate coating to preserve the bare metal until it is ready to be finished, whether with primer/paint or otherwise. Factor this, too, into your startup expensing.

One other consideration is referrals. You want to accumulate names of those capable of doing professional quality work. This process is not to be hurried, specifically because your good name is the single most important resource you will ever have. It's only pristine once: if you refer someone to an unprofessional workman, Your Good Name will suffer by association. Don't rush to refer clients for out-of-shop services until you've seen the work of the person whom you are referring, preferrably several times over. There are reputable people to refer to; it simply takes time to learn who they are and what they do well.

Very Best Wishes,