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Surface Finishing

Surface finishing is a broad range of industrial processes that alter the surface of a manufactured item to achieve a certain property. Finishing processes may be employed to: improve appearance, adhesion or wettability, solderability, corrosion resistance, tarnish resistance, chemical resistance, wear resistance, hardness, modify electrical conductivity, remove burrs and other surface flaws, and control the surface friction. In limited cases, some of these techniques can be used to restore original dimensions to salvage or repair an item. An unfinished surface is often called a mill finish.

Surface finishing processes can be categorized by how they affect the workpiece:

  • Removing or reshaping finishing
  • Adding or altering finishing

Mechanical processes may also be categorized together because of similarities in the final surface finish.

FoxFab Surface Finishing Wet Blasting

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Advantages Of Wet Blasting

  • Clean, Restore, and Protect

    No other process compares when it comes to not only cleaning but surface finishing parts for a rebuild. Clean corrosion, rust, and years of grime and tarnish out of the tightest places in record time.

  • Diesel Injector & Pump Cleaning

    Manual cleaning of diesel components is a major time consumer. Wet blasting can effectively clean these components within 15-20 minutes leaving a like new. Not to mention the major health concerns that other processes pose.

  • Deburr & Finish CNC Parts

    Wet blasting deburrs and surface finishes parts simultaneously. Can prep surfaces for coatings while holding tight, consistent, and repeatable tolerances.

  • High Performance Engine Building

    Everyone knows the start of a good engine build is clean components as your foundation. Wet blasting will help expose damage or cracks that might be masked by similar dry blasting operations.

  • Preserve History

    Dry blasting will remove precious marks and traits on engine and other components that add value to any restored car. Wet blasting will simply clean over top of these marks of history.

  • Tools & Dies, Cutting Tools

    Improve part release on molds. When using abrasive like plastic grit you can remove any contaminates from the molding process without damage to the mold halves ensuring perfect parts.

FoxFab Surface Finishing Degreasing/Parts Washing
  • The first of many advantages of wet blasting is it cleans by the flow of water and abrasive running across the part surface, not by sheer force and impact like in conventional dry blasting operations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • One of the clear advantages of the wet slurry process is the fact that no media is impregnated into a softer substrate like aluminum, brass, and bronze.
  • Within wet slurry environments, the water and moisture trap and reduces the harmful dust particles that have been found to have negative health effects when inhaled.
  • Since the water cushions, the abrasive media being used greatly extends abrasive life normally around 8-10 times longer than a dry blasting process.
  • Closed-loop machinery that recycles the abrasive and water decreases operating costs.
  • 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.
  • ¬†Eliminates the need to use nasty chemicals which are found in rebuilding shops around the world. These chemicals come with costly disposal fees and hazardous work environments.
  • Leaves a very attractive satin finish on many different substrates like stainless steel, aluminum, and brass.
  • Provides an excellent lightly etched surface for bonding within the specialty coating markets. While helping retain part form and function.
  • Provides an excellent surface for plating by cleaning the topography of the surface. The flushing action of combined water and abrasive allows optimal surface cleanliness and preparation for final plating operations.