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    Looking to avoid buying a blaster, alternatives?

    I have pretty much all supplies needed to park. I have my burner, tank, solution, etc. I do not have a blaster and would like to avoid buying one if possible. Is there any descent alternative? Space is at a real premium.

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    Gun Kote recommends this for those without a blaster:
    http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/ ... ?p=1117&s=

    Then I think you rough it up with some sandpaper


    I have also heard JUST sandpaper.

    Or you can do what I did..
    Got a $25 gravity blaster from HF and blast in a cardboard box.
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    You won't regret buying a blasting cabinet... as long as you got the air to drive it. Set it up right with exhaust. If your not going to do that be sure to get a real good mask. You don't want to breath the stuff.
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    I read somewhere about acid dipping instead of blasting prior to parking. I think it was phosphoric acid but I am not sure.
    Don't overcomplicate a bologna sandwich.....

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    You can try a automotive scuff pad. I did it on 2 builds, but haven't painted over it yet. haha
    Takes awhile and makes your arms sore.

    You can check out this topic I made some time ago

    http://www.akforum.net/phpBB2/viewtopic ... t=blasting
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    How about a wire brush.

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    Remember that park won't hide flaws in the metal's finish. If you use sand paper and leave lengthwise sanding marks in the steel, it'll show up under the park.
    Blasting gives a really even matte finish to the steel and ensures you have good bare steel for the park crystals to be deposited on.

    A hand held sand blaster in a cardboard box is better than sand paper or wire brushes or anything else like that.
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    I'd just get a cheap ass 15 dollar hand held. They actually work fairly decent, and on guns you will be fine.

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    Just something this small hooked to a shop Vac is better than an open box. And allows you to buy decent media.... And you can do this for $50-100 or so... And you can get buy (not prefect but get by if you patient) with a smaller tank Air Compressor if need be. You just wait on it is all.

    eBay cabinet

    Just and example. Shipping is too high on that one but... you can get these localy I believe at places like Tractor Supply, Norther Tools or such as that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StreetTrends
    I'd just get a cheap ass 15 dollar hand held. They actually work fairly decent, and on guns you will be fine.
    What kind of media do you use?

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    I think most prefer Aluminum Oxide, couldn't tell you what grit. Some use Glass Beads, but I hear this doesn't leave enough "Tooth" on the surface to allow proper bond with whatever finish you choose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JinxxxOnU
    ... but I hear this doesn't leave enough "Tooth" on the surface to allow proper bond with whatever finish you choose.
    You'll hear that a lot. But problem is the ones that will tell you that will never qualify their remark.

    It works just fine if you use the rigth grit of them and the proper pressure.

    If you use too fine a grit and a lower pressure it will clean more than it will abrade.

    So its true only if you shoot say at 45 psi and use 80 grit. Not true if you shoot at 90 psi and use 60 grit.... and so forth.

    This is why I prefer it is because I can control what I want with pressure using 60 grit. I can go either way depending on what I am doing without having to change out the media... within a reasonable range that is.

    These parts below were shot with Glass Beads at 90 psi and you can clearly see the texture it left. And Norrell very bonds well to this.



    People are used to seeing glass bead used at low pressures to clean. And it is excellent at that. But it CAN be a real good Gun parts prep as well... It just depends...
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    Maybe I am slow, but explain the shop-vac method. Do you put the parts in the vac and suck up media?

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    You should probably start by telling us what tools you DO have:

    120psi Compressor : $80

    Blasting attachment (suction or gravity-fed): $25

    Blast media : $25

    Blast Cabinet : $50 - $125

    Cardboard blasting box : free

    I use a cardboard box instead of a blast cabinet. I hold my victim with one gloved hand, and my blasting attachment pistol-grip attached to my 120PSI compressor with the other, and bast away. About 3 ounces of blast media gets away each time I blast an AK, but since the media only costs $25 a 25-lb box, it really is insignificant. I get a great view of my victim while I'm blasting it, and setup and take-down takes no time at all. Oh, and it stores in a 1"x4'x2' space behind the shop refrigerator (ahem!)
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    I have a handheld blaster I use and I use blasting sand....Buy it for $3-4 a bag at a auto paint store

    You only need a cabinet if you want to recover expensive media. If you use sand, you don't need anything you can just do it outside.

 

 
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