A large portion of an automotive repair shop’s expenses is related to cleaning combustion engines.  Combustion engines produce some by-products that foul the parts such as blow-by gases, sludge, and carbon build-up.  There are different cleaning methods a shop uses to clean an engine including wet, abrasive and thermal cleaning solutions.  Soda blasting is used in the shop for degreasing parts and for other stripping chores.

Wet methods typically involve chemicals, soaps and solvents. Alkaline-based materials cut grease very well and work best when heated.  Acids are useful in removing rust and scale, but acids won’t cut through greasy sludge build-up.  Soil can be cleaned with soap, but to activate the soap, water is required. Solvents are a solution for cleaning grease and include products that are water-based, or mineral spirits, or chlorinated hydrocarbons. All of these solutions have significant challenges for handling the cleaning agents, as well as for disposal.

Abrasive methods for cleaning engines are often preferred as there is less caustic agents involved while cleaning the engine.  Abrasive cleaning includes glass bead blasting, soda blasting, and scatter steel shot.  These methods will clean rust, soil, and petroleum based sludge, but do require a technician skilled in using the abrasion mechanism.  There is still a requirement for disposing of the after-product according to approved standards.

Vibratory methods of engine de-greasing are another option.  Parts are placed into a ceramic, aluminium or plastic tube along with large beads. Then the machine vibrates the material off the part.  This method doesn’t require a skilled operator, but it does make a racket.  It should only be used in a soundproof room.

Thermal cleaning methods are another alternative for degreasing engines. This method relies on pyrolytic ovens which literally cook away the oil and grease and turns it to ash.  This method results in less hazardous waste to dispose of, but it does require a tremendous about of energy (electric or gas) to achieve the high temperatures.

So there you have the various methods used to degrease engines and engine parts. We tend to favour the soda blasting technique. Soda blasting allows our auto repair and engine rebuild clients to take on larger pieces of equipment that they normally couldn’t handle using their current degreasing method or equipment.  Our equipment is completely mobile, and we can bring it to your shop to help you get through those larger jobs.

Contact us today at 0407 070 464 to discover how easy and efficiently our soda blasting solutions can take care of those big jobs.

If your pool needs a major facelift before it’s ready for the hot summer season, soda blasting is a clean and quick method to clean up the crud in and around pool surfaces.  Mildew, moulds, algae, and mineral deposits buildup making a pool look unappealing and unhygienic. Whether you have an in-ground home or commercial pool, soda blasting is an affordable, quick method to get the pool in shape for the season or even for a new paint finish.

Our soda blasting professional service providers can clean various types of pool surfaces including cement, tile, pebble, flagstone, brick, natural rock and artificial rock.  A safe method starts with draining the pool to about 6 inches below the tile. Then bicarbonate of soda can be used to clean the pool surface using low pressure. The beads settle at the floor of the pool, and a pool vacuum is used to remove them. After this cleaning procedure, your pool will be sparkling clean and ready for swimming.

Other Services

Besides soda blasting for pool renovation, it can be used to clean patio areas, tennis courts, outdoor grills and a number of other items that may need sprucing up before the summer months.  If you want to remove paint or rust from metal fixtures, soda blasting can do the trick.

Call today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions regarding soda blasting.  Call 0407 070 464.

A house fire is traumatic to everyone involved as it damages property, destroys mementos and leaves you with high anxiety and headaches.  Even when insurance helps to rebuild the structure and replace furniture, appliances and clothing, you’re left to wonder how all the mess will ever get removed. mould

When the building’s exterior is burned leaving behind sooty bricks or wood exterior, you’ll need a solution that cleans the soot and deodorises the area.  If the fire damage is not taken care of quickly, the problem can quickly be compounded to include mould damage.  Soda Tec works side-by-side with fire restoration companies ensuring the fastest cleanup possible for fire damaged building exteriors, window glass, and sidewalks.  We can provide you with a quote for exterior fire restoration services within 24 hours.

One of the major issues involving a house fire is the soot and ash left behind staining and discolouring any all surfaces.  The longer the sooty residue from the smoke remains, the more difficult the stain and odour is to remove. If the fire was extensive, and water was used to put it out, there is also a risk of water saturation causing mold growth.

One of the benefits of using soda blasting for fire restoration is that it is very gentle on all surfaces.  Unlike sandblasting, the Soda Tec solution quickly removes stains and deodorises the damaged structure.  We do the post-cleanup, too, leaving behind the brick or wood exterior cleaned and looking as if it was brand new.

If you are a cleaning and fire restoration company seeking a partner to provide timely and reliable soda blasting for structural cleanup, give us a call at 0407 070 464 and let’s discuss how we can add value to your services.

Have you got a sailing vessel?  How about a fishing trawler or pleasure yacht?  If you own or are responsible for any of these ocean going vessels, chances are the boat has a cruddy layer of algae or other organisms collected on the hull.   Cleaning the hull of a fishing boat isn’t a chore one looks forward to, but the good news is that soda blasting makes short work of cleaning the hull saving you time, mess and a backache.

The hulls of sailing vessels at sea or docked in the water are subjected to all kinds of fouling from slime growth fed by algae, animals and even waste products left behind from engines, fishing boats, and even human stuff dumped from lavatories.  Without some form of protection, yacht hulls can become badly fouled within a matter of just a few weeks.  This is when using an antifoul product helps to protect the ship’s exterior.

If you want to protect your boat from the harmful effects of fouling and increase efficiency, then using antifouling is vitally important.  Antifouling paint is a specialised coating applied to the hull of a ship or boat that slows the growth of all the crud that clings to the bottom of your boat.   When you are dragging a layer of crud on the hull, it affects the vessel’s performance, but it can also lead to costly repairs.  Wood-boring animal that collects on the hull bore holes into anything that is made of wood.

In the 1800’s, antifouling was accomplished by applying a sheet of copper or Muntz metal to the hull to prevent the growth of barnacles.  Today, there are antifouling paints which impede the growth of marine organisms.  It’s no small task applying these paints as the ship must be dry-docked taking it out of commission.

The challenge then becomes how to clean the hull without destroying this protective coating.  Soda blasting is highly effective at removing unwanted products from the exterior of your boat without destroying the antifoul.    Soda blasting is used to remove bilge oil film from the hull without destroying this paint.  If you are restoring a boat and need to clean the hull, soda blasting will also remove varnishes and expose soft points in the fibreglass or timber.

Not sure if soda blasting will work for your situation?  Give us a call and let’s discuss your project.  The best question is always the one you ask!  Give us a call at 0407 070 464 today.