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ok folks i'm looking for a place that will blast the body of a car for me.. in oarticular a 78 vw beetle.
bringing the whole car back to bare metal and replacing what need replacing.. than full respray.

is there any company around munster that will under take this..

and just out of curiousity emilios beetles, whats there quality of work like or has anyone heard of anything about them.. would nearly pay to have the panels replaces, before i go messing with the welder and taking time off work to do the nessesary body work to the car..

any info and help appreciated.. work will be commencing the end of janurary. car in question is a 78 karmann beetle

thanks in advance
 

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Same position myself lad , I'm North Tipp , having difficulty getting someone to do it . There's someone outside Nenagh , on the Thurles road AFAIK , A mate of mine got his Beetle done , and he lives out that way , I'll try find out. I'm trying to get mine bead blasted , if you can'y get someone to do , all the abrasives can be bought cheap enough in Athlone.
 

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Try John Thormey in Killucan Co Westmeath. He done a DeLorean and a Porsche for a mate of mine and he was very impressed.

Can get him on 087-2549785.

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My biggest problem is the car is fully stripped and the rust cut out , it's on a BBQ spit style frame so I can rotate it , so its not really easy to bring it to someone's place.
 

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That info could have come in handy before I spent a week preping my Avez A's to get re-painted.

Bugger, but nevermind, its alot more rewarding doing it yourself. (NOT)
 
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Be very carefull getting cars blasted, alot of guys blasting stuff use industrial strenght stuff on cars, this is okay for trucks etc, but too heavy for car bodies and can buckle and warp the roof skins and panels! My cousins had a mini and a manta wrecked cause of this!

Ive a 72 beetle I blasted myself. I used a seely/clarke cheapo blast pot and a compresser. The pot is like a spray pot, you fill with bead. These pots are only around 30-50 lids and the bag of sand a tenner! It took a while but I did it and it is a very messy job though, with sand going everywhere!

My bug got left out in the rain after being partly primed, (motoX accident, smashed hand meant no more resto) and now its neading a serious blast now.

A mate of mine owns Campbell Machinery in Sandyford Industrial Estate, they supply Machines and bead to the trade. Peter is the guy to ask for, tell him 'Tsar' sent ya! I dont have the number off hand but it is in the yello pages.

Pete told me ages ago that the only guys in the country with the appropriate equipment to blast cars safely is a guy called Shay Lawless. He's in dublin somewhere, dunno his number but I'll be getting it soon as I wanna qoute on doing my bug!
 

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I have a small pot , but my compressor is small , immobile , and a long way away from the car (different shed)..so I'll probably hire one..... I'm not blasting panels , just the inside floor etc , the seams and shut lines and thge underbonnet area.
 

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If sand blasting is done right it's unbelievable how clean metal well come.
I got some brake-dust covers, tank straps and anti-roll bars etc. done recently and they came out well.
It gives a serious key to the paint too, just try not to let it get damp after blasting, mine got a little damp and some surface rush formed on them.
It was handy enough to get rid of it though as I brushed on some liquid rust remover on the metal and let it dry, I then removed it with a wire brush on a mini grinder.
It was annoying having to clean the parts secondly and it also lost the abrasive key left by the sand blasting
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I'd definately consider doing it to a car if I was restoring it.
 

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Sorry for hijacking your thread , btw , Vee-Dub!
 

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QUOTE (RedLexus @ Dec 30 2005, 05:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Sorry for hijacking your thread , btw , Vee-Dub!

jes no worries at all. all information is good information and very usefull..

i shoul dhave a number for someone in the munster next week, will post it up when i get it.. have to wait till the hangover wear off and i have to go back to work to get it.. heard someone inside is good mates with someone who does it.. also does power coating if anyone is interested..

thansk for all the help..
 

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I'm getting my mk1 blasted by that guy Shay Lawless in the new year! Had a good chat with him and he told me what he was going to do!

He said he'd dip any panels he could remove, wings,doors etc... and bead blast he rest of the car barr the roof as this will warp under the pressure and stretch the metal!

He's based just behind the texaco garage oppisite the spawell on the Tallaght byepass.
Heard nothing but good things about this guy!

Here's his no. if anyone wants it!

0872304994 Shay
 
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Neil, would you no roughly how much Shay is charging to do your mk1, I know each car is different but I've been told a guy in Arklow does it for 500quid, just wondering wot sorta dollars I'm looking at to get my bug blasted!
 

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QUOTE (Dirty1 @ Dec 31 2005, 02:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Neil, would you no roughly how much Shay is charging to do your mk1, I know each car is different but I've been told a guy in Arklow does it for 500quid, just wondering wot sorta dollars I'm looking at to get my bug blasted!

He quoted me €300 and that included a rough coat of primer!
 

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QUOTE (neil @ Dec 31 2005, 02:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>He quoted me €300 and that included a rough coat of primer!
€300 is very good.. specially when it includes a coat of primer.. will it be etching primer he will be using..
might think about trailering it up to him..

did he say how long it would take..
 

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Don't think it's etching primer.
He said itd take a day!
 
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Wow, pretty good a 300, thought it would be more, as for the primer, you definietly want that, any stuff blasted starts to absorb moisture straight away, even from your hands, and will rust quickly. Remember that primers are pourus too so you dont want it to be getting wet either, I know a good few guys who dont wet sand filler and primer now just to keep it all moisture free, how many paint jobs have I seen on old volks bubble up with rust again after a year or so cos all the rust wasnt cut out or treated!
 

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QUOTE (johnny99 @ Jan 1 2006, 04:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>That's great value for money. Even if the etch primer was extra, its still a load of work for very little money.

John
Etch primer is an investment , even if you think its expensive ,,,....its cheaper than repairing rust in a few years....
 

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the guys that do refurbs to headstones have mobile sandblasting units for going around to graveyards

my aulfella restores vintage tractors and we've used a few different crowds.

the best so far were Bolger Engineering in Tralee, they do sandblasting and then Metal Arc Spray which is the last word in rust protection.

this would be ideal for the underside and interior panels, don't know how you'd get on with trying to get a perfect finish on the exterior surfaces tho.
 
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