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The best finish starts with the best surface preparation.

That's where we come in.  At Piercy Zip Strip we offer two types of blasting as a way to remove the stuff that stands in the way of you making something old new again. These types are sandblasting and plastic media blasting.  Whether you are restoring a classic automobile, antique tractor, refinishing patio furniture or just want to make old equipment look like new, whatever your project may be, you want the end result to be top-notch. The only way to ensure that the finish will be long-lasting is to completely remove all of the old paint, rust and corrosion and get down to the bare metal. The most effective way to get it done is by blasting.


Plastic media blasting should not to be confused with sandblasting. Plastic media blasting propels soft reusable plastic particles at low blasting pressures of 14-40 psi.  Plastic media blasting will not warp sheet metal because of these low air pressures, and, because of it’s non-abrasive nature, will not remove any material from the steel sheet metal. Plastic media blasting will remove paint, undercoating, plastic body filler and the softer lead filler used to fill factory sheet metal seams.   Since plastic media blasting is a kinder, gentler method of stripping, layers of paint can be removed individually, leaving the primer/or body filler if desired. Or everything can be completely stripped.  However, it will not remove rust.  Rust can be spot blasted by sandblasting.  It's easy to clean the plastic out of body crevices with an air gun or vacuum cleaner, and since it's a dry process, there's no flash rust after stripping.

Here are some of the surfaces that can be plastic media blasted:

Plastic Aluminum
Steel Brass
Copper Cast Iron
Composites Rubber

Plastic Media Blasting Before and After pictures:
Media Jag 1
Media Jag 2
Media Suburban 1
Media Suburban 2


Sandblasting uses higher pressures of air to propel sand.  An excellent rust remover, sandblasting is intended for more robust metals.  Due to the pressure and heat generated by most sandblasting procedures, a car body’s sheet metal can be warped beyond repair.  Thus, plastic media blasting is used in this case.

Here are just a few examples where sandblasting could be used:

Trailers Tankers
Frames Ag Equipment
Race Cars Industrial Equipment
Fence Floor Boards

Sandblasting Before and After pictures:
Sand Frame 1
Sand Frame 2
Sand Wheels 1
Sand Wheels 2

So give us a call and we can help you decide which type of blasting suits your individual needs.


So you may be asking yourself, what are my alternatives???

Sanding is the most common method of paint removal. But it takes a long, long time to get through everything with a dual-action sander with some fairly coarse sandpaper. Sanding is a time-consuming job that doesn't do a very good job of getting into the tight creases and crevices, so a lot of hand work is involved to get all of the paint off, not to mention the mess from the dust.

Chemical paint removers are reasonably effective at removing paint but are a really sloppy mess. The most common process is to apply a strong aircraft-type liquid paint stripper with a paintbrush, let it soak, and then scrape off with a putty knife. Anyone who's stripped a car this way knows that
it's labor intensive, and makes quite a mess. Plan on using several applications of paint stripper and you'll still have to sand off some of the tougher materials.

Some companies will dip your entire vehicle body into tanks of chemicals to strip it. This is followed by high-pressure neutralizing washes designed to wash away the chemicals trapped in the sheet metal of your car.  The downside to this method is that the vehicle must be totally disassembled to a bare body shell. A common problem with chemical stripping is that it is very difficult to get all of the chemicals out of the folded body seams.  Traces of chemical will be trapped in nooks and crannies and later (sometimes years), it will eat away your beautiful paint job from the inside.



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