The demand for Vapour and Soda Blasting services
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
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.
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,
May I take this opportunity to introduce myself as
the GM for ECOSTRIP LTD
We manufacture the Ecostrip system, This WET blast
system is 100% air powered. When in place the unit requires dry
compressed air, clean water and drainage facilities when using the ECOSTRIP
soluble soft abrasive.
The ECOSTRIP system can clean rotating equipment without damaging
pumps, motor bearings, seals or polished rods. Coatings can be
removed one layer at a time perhaps where there has been a top coating failure.
The system gives greatly improved finish and production rates compared with
manual preparation techniques
The abrasive control system also incorporates a special
feature allowing the media control valve to be cleaned out on site, without the
need for dismantling or hand tools. The unit can also be used with
conventional hard abrasives, including Garnet without modification
Please take a look at our website www.ecostrip.uk.com.
We do an in house blasting service and hire all the equipment out with the AIR compressors.
Please contact me if you would like any prices on Blasting any part of your car or even if you would just like advise