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Corrosion Conundrum

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by Ryan King

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It's not like I've never done media blasting before — I even have a small outfit built around an Eastwood bench top blast cabinet.

But, let's face it, the El Camino is going to need some extra help and care if I'm going to resurrect its many deteriorated parts.

That's why I decided to pick up a copy of CarTech's Media Blasting & Metal Preparation by Matt Joseph.

That's not entirely true. I've intended to read the book for a while now, but due to my recent discovery of the El Camino's corrosion conundrum, I got motivated to get into it earlier than planned.


As simple as media blasting sounds and as easily as it removes things like paint and rust, it seems like it should be pretty straight forward, but it's not. Issues like metal warping and penetration can be real problems and I thought now would be a good time to learn the right way to do it before I screw up something important and irreplaceable.

I'm just going to come out and say it: I sure am glad I picked up this one. Matt Joseph wasn't kidding about the "metal preparation" portion of Media Blasting & Metal Preparation. This book covers a lot more than sandblasting, that's for sure.

To see if this book is something that will help you out with your hobby, head on over to the Book Reviews section and check out my review.

I sure as heck know it's going to help me out.


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