Soda blasting a carb

Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:48 pm

I was going to make one of the DIY soda blasters to clean up a carb or two.
See How to Build a Soda Blaster For Carb Cleaning & Rebuilding.
But then I was talking with Rob [oldskool] and he said he uses a small portable sandblasting gun.
I remembered Dad getting something like that at Christmas one year but never using it.
Well, I found it and dumped some baking soda in it and went to work.
Looks like a NEW carb !! :{_}:
It worked so well I could read the number on the carb. :D
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Re: Soda blasting a carb

Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:57 pm

Dave:

Princess had them on sale a couple weeks ago. I almost bought one, but wasn't sure if it was any good or if it would work for carbs. So, I guess if you like it that much, then maybe it would be worthwhile getting myself one :D

Re: Soda blasting a carb

Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:08 pm

Rudi...the nice thing is you can regulate the flow...also, you can shut the flow of soda off and use it as a blowgun...real convenient.

Re: Soda blasting a carb

Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:10 pm

I told you that you would like it Dave. Thats a real handy little tool.

Re: Soda blasting a carb

Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:35 am

Where can you get one of those Dave? Looks nice.

Re: Soda blasting a carb

Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:06 am

Jeff:

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21 Oz. Hopper Gravity Feed Spot Blaster Gun
Harbor Freight

Haven't found one yet at Northern Tool.

However, Princess has a couple :D This one appears to be identical to the one Dave has, probably go after that one as the second one seems to be a little less useful.

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Gravity Fed Sandblasting Gun

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Comfort Grip Gravity Feed Sandblaster

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Re: Soda blasting a carb

Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:27 pm

Jeff Silvey wrote:Where can you get one of those Dave? Looks nice.
Jeff...Dad got his at Harbor Freight.

Re: Soda blasting a carb

Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:24 pm

Harbor freight has both versions

Re: Soda blasting a carb

Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:33 pm

Dennis:

You are right, didn't see it until I searched Spot Blaster Guns

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Gravity Feed Blaster Gun

Haven't found the one that Dave's Dad got though... doesn't seem to be in the on-line catalog.

Re: Soda blasting a carb

Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:15 pm

Rudi wrote:Haven't found the one that Dave's Dad got though... doesn't seem to be in the on-line catalog.
Rudi...Now that I think about it some more, it has probably been 4-5 years since he got it...it is Central Pneumatic.

Re: Soda blasting a carb

Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:18 pm

You can still get them at Harbor Freight. Dave I sent you the link to it if you still have it

Re: Soda blasting a carb

Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:33 am

Just got Harbor Freight flyer for August. This gun is on sale for $9.99.
http://www.harborfreight.com/21-oz-hopper-gravity-feed-spot-blaster-gun-95793.html

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Re: Soda blasting a carb

Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:22 pm

Dave, great idea on the little blasting gun. Does it take a lot of CFM and air pressure to work well? Does it use much soda to do a carb? What kind of soda are we talking about using with this? Whew, enough questions for now! Steve K.

Re: Soda blasting a carb

Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:29 pm

Steve...I just have a smaller compressor:
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It keeps up well enough for me.
I use regular baking soda from wallyworld - in the 2 lb box.
How much you use will depend on how bad the carb is - normally less than a box.

Re: Soda blasting a carb

Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:31 pm

Steve - they are talking about using plain old baking soda for the carbs in one of these hand held units. I don't think usage is high at all. There is a home-built unit in the how to forum that allows you to draw soda right out of the box if you want. At $10 the hand held blaster for use with baking soda would be a real good deal in my book.