Vapour Honing

How Vapour Honing Works

Vapour Honing or Vapour Blasting as it is referred to, involves an abrasive media that is carried by water at a high flow rate.  Air is introduced at the nozzle at a high volume to increase the velocity of the abrasive/water mixture or slurry across the surface to be cleaned. The water cushions the abrasive media and allows it to flow across the surface, cleaning the surface of contaminants and corrosion while leaving the original topography of the part. This process leaves the part with a satin non porous finish that only wet blasting can achieve.

Vapour Honing is the best way to achieve the original finish especially on non-ferrous and cast alloy components like motorcycle engine cases, cylinder heads, cylinders, carburetors, forks and wheels.

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What is difference between Vapour Honing and Sand Blasting

Vapour Honing is a superior method of restoring components to original condition over conventional dry blasting or sandblasting.

  • Sandblasting leaves the surface of your parts rough and jagged and at times impregnated with the dry blast media. Vapour Honing media is washed away with water and doesn’t imbed into the surface. This is especially critical for cylinder heads and cylinders
  • With dry blasting the abrasive media ricochets or reflects at 90 degrees to nozzle, cutting the surface of your parts. Vapour Honing is cushioned with water which is much gentler on the parts you are trying preserve and restore.
  • Sandblasting creates tremendous amounts of dust and air borne contaminants. Vapour Honing is dust free. Our machine collects all of the media and any paint, corrosion or anything else that is removed from the component any is filtered in the closed loop system.

Advantages of Vapour Honing

  1. The first of many advantages of wet blasting is it cleans by flow of water and abrasive running across the part surface not by sheer force and impact like in conventional dry blasting operations.

  2. Water acts as a lubricant or barrier between the abrasive media & components surface protecting the substrate from erosion and distortion normally found in dry blasting environments.

  3. Wet blasting can provide a slight surface peening depending on the abrasive media used helping make the substrate harder and more stain resistant ideal in restoration applications.

  4. One of the clear advantages in the wet slurry process is the fact that no media is impregnated into a softer substrate like aluminum, brass and bronze.

  5. Within wet slurry environments the water and moisture traps and reduces the harmful dust particles that have been found to have negative health effects when inhaled.

  6. Since the water cushions the abrasive media being used this greatly extends abrasive life normally around 8-10 times longer than a dry blasting process.

  7. Closed loop machinery that recycles the abrasive and water decreasing operating cost.

  8. No heat warping with thin parts with the impact protection of the water as a barrier. When part distortion and close tolerances are of concern wet blasting is a great option for processing and testing your parts.

  9. Eliminates the need to use nasty chemicals which are found in rebuild shops around the world. These chemicals come with costly disposal fees and hazardous work environments.

  10. Leaves a very attractive satin finish on many different substrates like stainless steel, aluminum, brass.

  11. Provides an excellent lightly etched surface for bonding within the specialty coating markets. While helping retain part form and function.

  12. Provides an excellent surface for plating by cleaning the topography of the surface. With the flushing action of combined water and abrasive allows optimal surface cleanliness and preparation for final plating operations

We use anti-corrosion additives in our machines so when vapour blasting ferrous materials there isn’t any chance of rusting.

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