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Old 04-16-2018, 12:43 PM
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Well, I finally got started blasting my deck. My compressor puts out about 6 cfm @ 90 psi and it's just too small. I thought I could deal with it by taking frequent breaks but the POS Harbor Freight blaster I have takes so long to get unclogged and rolling that my air is already depleted and compressor kicked back on before I can get to actually blasting.

I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and take it in somewhere to get blasted. Anyone happen to be in central Iowa and have any suggestions?
Just do a Google search. I found a few places in central Iowa.
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Yep, a couple places come up via Google. Also found a couple names on Facebook and called one today. They want $185/hr but the gentleman seemed knowledgeable. Going to see what else I can find for prices. I was thinking closer to $100/hr based on my internet searching but I am in the city.
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It's about $100 an hour around here. $185 seems like highway robbery.
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It's about $100 an hour around here. $185 seems like highway robbery.
Jeez! Last time I had any done here is was only like $60. I used to get things blasted for $20/hr! Does that mean I'm getting old?

Even $100/hr isn't terrible. I mean, my local Chevy garage charges more than that an hour!!! $185/hr is ridiculous.
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Jeez, and to think, I used to get one done for a box of beer. Drop the deck off, go uptown, get the brew, and by the time I was back, it was done.
Took all of twenty minutes to a half hour.
Times they r a changin'.
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Hey, if any of yous guys know a guy I'm all ears.

I still need to do more checking around. Called another place but they will only powdercoat, no epoxy primer. Other place didn't answer.
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You could also try contacting restoration shops, body shops, powder coaters or a tech school if you have one nearby. All those places will likely sandblast or know where you can go.
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Got a better idea
Start looking for a better compressor and spend the money on that instead.... You'll be able to do the job easier and you'll end up with a bonus. The job will be done, you'll know it's done right and you will end up with a compressor left over that should last for many years and many more tractor jobs. Start scouting CL, something good will turn up.

I bought mine out of the local classifieds 20 years ago and not sure if that or my 2 post lift was the best $500 I've ever spent... Each cost me the same.
My compressor is 5hp 80 gallon upright/ 2 stage/ 4 cylinder pump, runs off of plain old 220.. can't remember it's either 17 or 19 cfm at 175 PSI
Remember it's cfm that you need.
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A good sandblaster uses a lot more than 19CFM.

Honestly for the size of compressor it takes to use even a small pot blaster efficiently, you're better off with getting a water blaster attachment for a pressure washer. Even a new 2500PSI pressure washer is cheaper than a good used compressor. The water blaster adapter is less than $100. Or at least when I bought mine it was. Plus, when blasting with water, there's no dust and you can do thin metal, like a hood, without worry of warpage.
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