Soda Blasting Explained
What is Soda Blasting?
Soda blasting is the latest technology to safely strip paint and clean nearly any surface. The soda blaster uses compressed air to deliver sodium bicarbonate based media (baking soda) onto the surface to be cleaned.
While at the outset this seems similar to sandblasting, all similarities quickly fade once the process is understood. Sand is a hard, heavy material that can wreak havoc on any substrate. It will pit glass, tear up rubber & plastic and etch metal. Soda blasting does none of that. A properly formulated soda blasting media is made of Sodium Bicarbonate that is manufactured to be in a consistent, larger crystal size. When it strikes the material being soda blasted, the crystal explodes outward and the explosion is the force that strips the target of grease, paint, rust, mold, dirt, or whatever it is that is being removed.
A Brief History of Soda Blasting
SODA BLASTING was first used during the restoration of the Statue of Liberty in 1982. The interior of The Statue was coated with six coats of paint and a coat of coal tar. The passages of The Statue are very narrow, which made it impossible to ventilate and prevented the use of chemical strippers. Furthermore, the destructive nature of traditional abrasive blasting could not be utilized because the interior skin of The Statue is made of copper and is only the thickness of a silver dollar.