About
Honda 500cc before and after vapour blasting

Swindon Vapour Blasting

About Swindon Vapour Blasting

Engine ready for vapour blasting

Why would a French polisher get involved in restoring engines?

 

It started when I decided that I wanted to fully restore my Suzuki GS850G, removing everything from the bike, restoring the frame and then rebuilding and going for an "as new" look.

 

I sent the main engine components away for vapour blasting and was pretty disappointed when I received them back.

 

The engine did look a bit better but it had a matt finish and as I looked in to the nooks and crannies I saw that the quality and attention to detail that I was looking for was, sadly, lacking.

 

As a French polisher and furniture restorer I take great care over the essential attention to detail and rather than going back to the company, I decided to do it myself.

 

I now have a vapour blasting cabinet and am delighted to offer a high quality service to anyone looking to restore engine components. I can vapour blast to a very high standard and can also paint the engine in heat-proof paint , to match the original factory-gate appearance.

The Vapour Blasting Process

Stripping paint before vapour blasting

The first stage in the process is to dismantle the part to be cleaned in to it's individual component parts.

 

If the parts have been painted then paint stripper is used to clean the parts back to the bare aluminium, as can be seen on the left

 

Oil-ways and ports are blocked and sealed to prevent build up of media the part to be cleaned is placed it in the Vapour Blaster.

The next step is to choose the correct abrasive medium to achieve the best finish without damaging the surface and place it in my Vapour Blasting cabinet that you can see on the right.

 

The vapour blasting reservoir is filled with water to the correct level, the medium added and the machine turned on.

 

I use the 2 holes in the front of the cabinet to insert my arms, one to help hold the item I am working on and the other to control the high-pressure gun through which water and medium is directed at the component part that I'm vapour blasting to ensure that all surfaces are cleaned to the highest possible standard.

Steve Pedder in front of his vapour blasting cabinet

What can be cleaned

 

  • Heads
  • Blocks
  • Gear Boxes
  • Cam Covers
  • Water Pumps
  • Carburettor Bodies
  • Manifolds
  • Nuts & Bolts
  • Plastic Engine Covers

 

  • Aluminium
  • Bronze
  • Magnesium
  • Titanium
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Certain Plastics

 

 

Swindon Vapour Blasting

Unit 5, Elm Court Industrial Park

Station Road

Royal Wootton Bassett

Wilts

SN4 7ED

 

Mobile: 07904 934060

Phone: 01793 848314