Bead blasting (or similar) recommendations

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Bead blasting (or similar) recommendations

Postby courtney » Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:19 pm


I have just moved to Johannesburg from the UK and signed up here to get some advice. I've got an old Suzuki DR500 that was running fine until the kick start pawl broke. I was planning to strip the engine in the near future but have decided to do it now and sort some other bits out on it. While I'm at it, I thought I might as well get the engine cases blasted to clean the old paint and grime off them. The head, cylinder, rocker cover and side cases are black and I wanted the paint taking off so they are bare aluminium (I may put a clear hi-temp lacquer on them). The centre cases I will repaint black.

Does anybody know a decent place in Johannesburg where I can get this done? Or, is there anybody on here that offers this service?

Also, what sort of blasting media is best for this type of thing? I know there are loads of sandblasting places about, but I'm particularly looking for somewhere that is going to take some care with it and respect the parts and not just use any old thing on them.

Thanks for any advice and help you might be able to offer.

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