RESTORATIONS – A labour of love
We are the best place to come to for the beginning stages of your restoration project. Restoring hotrods, vintage and classic cars or at least being a part of the process is something all the staff at Autoblast love.
Most vehicles arrive to us completely stripped ready for blasting. Once here we do a thorough “walk around” with to discuss and understand your requirements exactly. All of this is noted down and communicated clearly with our expert blasters. The vehicle is then stripped back to bare metal using the abrasive blasting process leaving fresh white metal. This is absolutely the best process for preparing steel for painting. Although simple in theory, abrasive-blasting fragile metal is far from simple, and requires a skilled and patient, well-trained hand. At Autoblast, we patiently and meticulously handle each panel until the entire job is done.
After blasting, the vehicle is dusted of all remaining residue using an industrial scale duster. This phase is almost as crucial as the blasting phase and also requires patience and diligence.
Once dusted, the next step is to apply the chosen coating system. Some of our commercial clients prefer to do their own priming and you are welcome to do so as well, however as far as possible, this needs to occur on the same day because oxidization starts occurring immediately after blasting.
In our opinion, the best coating system available is one that is properly applied to a galvanic metal spray metalization process. For clients that opt for this, the shell is metal-sprayed with a Zinc/Aluminium metal coating. This coating is 50% Zinc and 50% Aluminium, measured by volume. A car coated with this is now galvanised. One of the side benefits of galvanising a shell is a vastly improved coating adhesion: The first coat of paint soaks right into the metal spray coating.
We only use the highest quality 2K epoxy coating systems. We’re familiar with the best brands and unless you request a system we will specify a system that suit your requirements and matches your ongoing coating system.