Restoration of Automobiles

Safely remove paint, coatings, grease and grime on cars and trucks

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Some jobs are just too tough for soap and elbow grease, and that's when you need abrasive (media) blasting. A wheel damaged by road salt and brake dust, a rusty spring on a vintage car. Blasting can strip paint without damaging the base material, as long as you know the correct media to use. Using the wrong media can result in flash corrosion, which can occur when moisture in the air rapidly oxidizes a newly exposed piece of metal. You don't want your shiny new surface to vanish under a fresh coat of corrosion. Let Kelso Restoration put our expertise to work on your car restoration project to guarantee it is done right!

Abrasive blasting uses pressurized air to shoot tiny pieces of material (media) out of a nozzle to strip off the surface. It's kind of like pressure washing, only at lower pressures and with projectiles that are a lot more abrasive than water. Keep your car intact. We use abrasive blasting media that is less aggressive than sand or glass bead, and it is much easier on sensitive parts like carburetors and aluminum castings. While easier on softer materials, we also have to be mindful of removing heavy rust. Calcium carbonate, non-silica sand or crushed glass are traditionally the preferred blasting media for oxidized steel and iron. Alternative media, such as limestone, is great for removing scale, grime, chemical stains like fuel, carbon, paint, and unfortunate coatings. We leave your car or truck smooth and ready for painting. Safe on glass as well as moving and non-moving parts.

Once we are finished with our blasting process, we use air pressure to blow off the dust created by the paint and blasting media, paying special attention to cracks and crevices such as trunk wheel wells and insides of doors. Any and all dust should be removed prior to applying any coatings. We take care of that for you.

The amount of time to remove paint from a vehicle varies due to different types of paint, number of layers, type of primer and amount of body filler. The quality, type and thickness of the sheet metal also effects the time.

Check out a recent 1970 Plymouth Barracuda auto restoration job for Alan Gallant Automotive Restoration.

Abrasive blasting can be used to strip paint from old bike frames and metal lawn furniture, even removing calcium deposits. You can check out our FAQ for more information about What is abrasive blasting? or What is Soda Blasting and Why Should I Do It?

With offices in Milton and Ottawa, we are happy to service not only the Greater Toronto area and eastern Ontario, but also the entire of Ontario and beyond. Give us a call today.

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What We Offer

Media we use We provide abrasive blasting with a wide spectrum of environmentally safe products and can advise you on the best solution for your requirements.
Surfaces we clean Our cleaning methods are effective for cleaning the interior and exterior of all types of surfaces including steel, masonry, machinery and much more.
What we remove We can remove almost anything: paint, surface rust, scale, graffiti, corrosion, contaminants, fire damage (black soot and ordour), grease, grit and sludge.
Industries we serve We service all industries including auto restoration, fire and mold restoration, food equipment, graffiti removal, pavement marking and line removal and more.
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