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Pardon my ignorance Bob but what is a vapor blaster?
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It’s a sandblaster that uses a slurry mix of water and fine aggregate. So whatever you blast stays cool… no warpage, and it doesn’t abrade the surface as much so dimensionally nothing really changes. I’m not sure what grit the abrasive is that they use.

I’ve used a similar machine at a friend’s chrome shop before. I love these machines, but they are quite expensive. $5000-$10,000 is not uncommon.
 

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Pardon my ignorance Bob but what is a vapor blaster?
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Umm, Terry, there is a new fangled thing called "Google" :

Vapor blasting is a non-aggressive surface prep technique that has been specifically developed for applications requiring finer finishes. Combining a thin film of water with fine blasting media, this technique can remove dirt, contaminants, rust, corrosion, and old paint from a wide range of surfaces.

I have a small sandblast cabinet, which is usually charged with glass bead, and very useful for delicate media blasting of smallish parts (I have room for a flywheel, but that is about it), but the bead can be changed to various more aggressive media for rust removal of stubborn paint and coatings.

And I have access to a couple of larger cabinets and I "know a guy" (actually a couple of guys) with larger outdoor media blasting set ups.

But I REALLY wish I had access to a vapour blaster for exactly the type of cleaning that Bob shows. I need to widen my network... ;)
 
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Umm, Terry, there is a new fangled thing called "Google" ::
humm just couldn't resist could ya? 😜

Not to pee on Bob's parade/thread (I'll apologize here Bob).

Kwilford, Lets try to keep in mind that there are different terms/names for different things depending on your location, Northerners/Southerners etc.

As an example, a way back you used the term (redi-rod)? well after wasting almost a day going around town to fastening and specialty metal shops, as you suggested, looking for this elusive (redi-rod)
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At the end of the day this was nothing more than what we here in the south call threaded rod or all thread. Same difference ( but I'm sure you got a kick out of my innocents and misunderstanding of the term)

Another example was dum dum tape or sealer, here again I thought this was simply a trade name or slur for a certain product, but low and behold it actually exists as named (HUH go figure)

SO, my point is not everyone has been around for a 100 yrs and have forgotten more than they've shared or taught others.

Here we call it a water or liquid blaster, why you ask? Well technically speaking even though it's referred too as a vapor blaster it isn't a (vapor) at all.

AND yes I GOOGLED it ( a substance diffused or suspended in the air, especially one normally liquid or solid:"dense clouds of smoke and toxic vapor" )

Interesting enough it also has another meaning as a verb (talk in a vacuous, boasting, or pompous way: ) HUMM sounds familiar, Now who do you/I know that this would be fitting. LOLo_O

But I digress (leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing:) YEP I googled that too.

I still love ya though Keith Wilford :love:

OK back to the topic/thread
 

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Last night in preparation to mount my off-road tires to my newly powdercoated wheels, I searched high and low for my box of rubber valve stems. It appears however, that I used up my last 4 of them this past weekend mounting up snow tires for my stepson. Ugh.

I hate buying the little $5 - $10 packages (of 4) that are in a blister pack since they are usually made in China. If you’ve ever had a 3 year old cheapie valve stem crack and leak out all your air…raise your hand! I had a box of 100 stems I went thru, and those lasted a decade for me. None have ever leaked, as they were US made.

Thankfully, my local auto parts store had a higher grade bulk package of valve stems behind the parts counter. I had to buy 50 pieces but they are rated for up to 165 psi, with a primarily brass body. The cheapies are rated to ‘only’ 65 psi. Yea, I know, higher than the tires can handle…

At .69 cents each, they are actually cheaper than the blister-packed stems.

So I mounted up the first of my off road tires, and test fitted them to the Sportwagon. Even with a 1” thick bolt-on wheel spacer, there is plenty of clearance to the outer fender arch.

My next dilemma is deciding on which lug nuts to use. Regular chrome, or ‘black chrome’. I think the black chrome looks better on an all-white wheel. But if I paint the recessed areas of the wheel black, the black chrome lugs will get ‘lost’, and regular chrome will look better. Decisions, decisions…
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Last night in preparation to mount my off-road tires to my newly powdercoated wheels, I searched high and low for my box of rubber valve stems. It appears however, that I used up my last 4 of them this past weekend mounting up snow tires for my stepson. Ugh.

I hate buying the little $5 - $10 packages (of 4) that are in a blister pack since they are usually made in China. If you’ve ever had a 3 year old cheapie valve stem crack and leak out all your air…raise your hand! I had a box of 100 stems I went thru, and those lasted a decade for me. None have ever leaked, as they were US made.

Thankfully, my local auto parts store had a higher grade bulk package of valve stems behind the parts counter. I had to buy 50 pieces but they are rated for up to 165 psi, with a primarily brass body. The cheapies are rated to ‘only’ 65 psi. Yea, I know, higher than the tires can handle…

At .69 cents each, they are actually cheaper than the blister-packed stems.

So I mounted up the first of my off road tires, and test fitted them to the Sportwagon. Even with a 1” thick bolt-on wheel spacer, there is plenty of clearance to the outer fender arch.

My next dilemma is deciding on which lug nuts to use. Regular chrome, or ‘black chrome’. I think the black chrome looks better on an all-white wheel. But if I paint the recessed areas of the wheel black, the black chrome lugs will get ‘lost’, and regular chrome will look better. Decisions, decisions…
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I definitely like the black chrome the best.
 

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I definitely like the black chrome the best.
Like I said, so do I.

That is, IF the wheel stays all white.

With black inserts the chrome looks better IMO.
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What no Yosemite Sam mud flaps!?
No, but I am planning on installing urethane rallycar type mudflaps to protect the paint.

I also considered fitting Manta/Ascona B factory mudflaps, as I have 6 of them. They’re black with a raised white Blitz emblem on the back. Trouble is, they don’t fit the Ascona A body profile well, and they’re not very wide.
 

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No, but I am planning on installing urethane rallycar type mudflaps to protect the paint.

I also considered fitting Manta/Ascona B factory mudflaps, as I have 6 of them. They’re black with a raised white Blitz emblem on the back. Trouble is, they don’t fit the Ascona A body profile well, and they’re not very wide.
Yea, I hear you. But it would be cooler if you did.
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Is black the only color option for the wheel inserts? Is the whole car going to be white and black?
It is very interesting to follow this thread by the way. Ever think of installing a RallyBobCam in your shop so we can watch all of the action live? Just kidding, sort of.
 

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Found some of those Ascona/Manta B factory mudflaps.
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Is black the only color option for the wheel inserts? Is the whole car going to be white and black?
I hadn’t seriously entertained another color insert. I figured either solid white or white with black insert.

It is very interesting to follow this thread by the way. Ever think of installing a RallyBobCam in your shop so we can watch all of the action live? Just kidding, sort of.
My shop is big enough and with enough work stations a single camera wouldn’t capture much. I would need about 10 of them. I’m never really in the same place for long.

Then of course there’s that pesky ‘I don’t own a camera’ issue, ‘I don’t own a computer’ issue, and ‘ I don’t have WiFi in my shop’ issue.

I’ve got a cell phone, and that’s about it.
 

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I hadn’t seriously entertained another color insert. I figured either solid white or white with black insert.



My shop is big enough and with enough work stations a single camera wouldn’t capture much. I would need about 10 of them. I’m never really in the same place for long.

Then of course there’s that pesky ‘I don’t own a camera’ issue, ‘I don’t own a computer’ issue, and ‘ I don’t have WiFi in my shop’ issue.

I’ve got a cell phone, and that’s about it.
Awe man it would be very cool if you had a YouTube channel. I would definitely watch it. I wonder if like red or blue would work for inserts, grey or silver might also work too.
 

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The black on white looks amazing! I think if the insets are black, the chrome is the way to go - like you say the lugs will get lost.
 

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