If you’ve never had the pleasure, too bad. I spend a couple hours late today using the blasting cabinet over at Sinclair Aircraft. Generically, it might be called “sand blasting” but these days, the blasting medium varies with the task. I like glass bead. I’ve used aluminum oxide and even walnut shells.
For me, there is something magical about blasting an old painted, rusted pieces of metal. You can’t really see the blasting material. What you see is the old paint and rust disappearing. It’s like watching a video of spray painting – but in reverse.
I love the process of placing a messy old object in the cabinet and after about 15 or 20 minutes of work, the piece comes out shiny and clean.
Ironically, the very next step is to paint the part again !
The frame was too large. It along with the pendulum bob and the 218lb drive weight are being done at an automotive shop with an entire room for media blasting !