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The Best Way To Revitalise Your Old Cars Exterior

by Mae Fisher

Taking care of older cars and keeping them roadworthy is a popular hobby amongst many Australians. There is just something special about these older vehicles and the time you spend on them that can not be captured by modern cars, as high-tech and shiny as they can be. However, with age comes a number of problems for cars, primarily related to the exterior and overall quality of the surface of your car. If you want your car to look as good as the day it rolled off the factory floor, then you need to try sandblasting.

What Is Sandblasting?

Sandblasting is a process where tiny pieces of abrasive material, often sand but not always, are blasted at high speeds onto the surface of your car. These small pieces of abrasive material strip off all the paint, rust and any other corrosive elements on your car's body until there is just the underlying metal frame. In essence, you are washing your car with a far stronger material than any water or liquid so that you get it back to its original state where you can start from scratch all over again. 

Won't Sandblasting Damage Your Car?

The important thing to note with sandblasting is that it does not warp or change the shape of your car in any way. It only removes the top layers of paint and rust, never stripping away the actual metal from your frame. It can smooth over scratches and other imperfections, but it can't mould your car significantly in one way or another. It is purely a cosmetic procedure that makes your car look years younger and allows you to repaint it in whatever fresh coat of car paint you want. Sandblasting should only be done on metal surfaces to ensure it does not cause lasting damage.

Can You Do Sandblasting On Your Own?

Sandblasting is best left to the professionals for a few reasons. First of all, it is quite dangerous if you do not have the proper training or safety equipment to protect your lungs from the sand or abrasive material. Secondly, to get an even finish, you want someone who has experience with sandblasting, and a mechanic or auto body expert is going to have a lot more of that than you would. Finally, it is really not all that expensive when compared to some of the other types of upgrades people do on their vintage cars, and for the service you get, it is definitely worth it.