Aqua Blasting

Example of aqua blasting

Aqua blasting is a process of cleaning parts back to their original ‘as new’ finish. Also known as Vapour blasting or Wet blasting. Various media are used to achieve the correct finish to the metal. The media is forced under pressure with hot water to give a silky satin finish which can then be painted, laquered or left bare. An anti corrosion additive is also included to help prevent studs, etc. from rusting after cleaning.

This process is not as harsh as dry blasting so can be used on delicate items such as carburettors. Aqua blasting is suitable for all non ferrous metals including aluminium, magnesium, titanium, brass, copper and stainless steel. Here at Performance Head Engineering we offer a multi stage process. Parts are firstly placed in the hot wash cleaning machine to thoroughly clean and degrease before secondly chemically removing any paint or laquer. The parts are then vapour blasted before having a final rinse clean and dry.

What is Aqua Blasting?

Aqua blasting, also known as vapour blasting, is the non-aggressive removal of surface dirt and grime from metal components and antiques. Some other blasting methods actually remove the surface material from the components which can alter their critical dimensions. Our aqua blasting services leave the underlying component completely intact, with its original dimensions, whilst removing the unwanted carbon deposits, oil, grease and grime etc.

Aqua blasting achieves this by accelerating water and a mildly abrasive emulsion under high pressure through a nozzle. The water in this process acts as a buffer, while the emulsion gently removes the grime, leaving the underlying surface intact.

The emulsion contains particles which are just 150-200 microns in diameter, these gently remove the contaminates on the surface of the component.

What can we aqua blast?

We can clean most metal components and antiques using aqua blasting to return them to their original condition.

We specialise in cleaning car and bike parts as well as metal antiques, however, we are more than happy to provide a quote for any metal components or objects you need cleaning.

Almost any metal can be cleaned using aqua blasting including aluminium, bronze, magnesium, titanium, brass, copper, etc.

How much does it cost?

Our services vary in price depending on the component and its condition. We offer a free, no obligation quotation service so we can give you an accurate estimate of the cost.

All items are treated with great care whilst in our posession. Once the cleaning process is complete they are securely packaged and returned to you using a postal service of your choice.