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Beadblasting cheapest place

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by tango3065, Nov 9, 2007.

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  1. tango3065

    tango3065 Member

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    Anyone know where would be the cheapest place to get a small revolver beadblasted?
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Probably your local automotive machine shop.

    Give some of them a case of beer and they will bead-blast your front porch for you free.

    Other places to try are sign-shops, painters, and deck refinishers. They all have sand-blast equipment, and can do a fair aproximation of bead-blast with fine white ashtray sand from Home Depot.

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    I have a good air compressor and I could make a decent blasting cabinet fast with some scraps I have and was wondering if this would work-

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=93221



    If so what media would you recomend for a nice light matte finish that don't leave small pits like some guns I have seen that come out bead blasted?
     
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    go to your local Tool and Die company! they will certianly have at least an AlO2 cabnet
    and a fine glas bead blaster.
     
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    The guns you see with a rough pitted finish were sand-blasted with normal sand containing several grain sizes, or else blasted with course emory grit commonly used to remove rust scale & paint.

    True bead-blasting uses tiny glass balls that are perfectly uniform, with no sharp edges. They don't leave pitts.

    http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=1209&title=GLASS+BEADS

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    I got my brother an enclosed cabenit sand blaster from Shucks auto supply for ~$50 for his TIG welding.

    To find the sand, he had to call around locally.

    The sandblaster works great on guns.
    Sandblasted gun parts soak up cold blue like fresh plowed ground soaks up pee.
     
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    That hand held blaster will work find,but get glass beads from a good abrasive dealer.The ones that Harbor Freight sells are the lowest quality.I bought a cabinet from HF and it works but you will want to get a dust collector with it.
     
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