1. Getting items to us
a) We offer a free collection service within our business operating area, please contact us to find out if this applies to you.
b) If you are having items delivered to us please do send us an email or text to make us aware. We will confirm with you when we have received them.
c) Please be sure to include your name and contact details.
d) Use a delivery firm who provides a tracking service so that you can track that your parcel has arrived.
d. We cannot be held responsible for the actions of third party companies, couriers or delivery companies.
2. Preparation of items prior to Vapour Blasting
a) Components to be vapour blasted must be stripped back to the raw component parts i.e. free of seals, rubbers, bushes, stoppers, bungs, bearings, gaskets and masking.
b) Surfaces of heavy debris (such as rust, paint or grease) should be removed prior to vapour blasting. This can be done by yourselves or by us using a variety of methods.
c) Where heavy debris removal is to be carried out by us, the end result will take longer to achieve, which will increase cost.
d) We reserve the right to adjust our prices according to the type, size, complexity and condition of the items we receive.
e) If an item is heavily contaminated upon receipt, we will chose the most appropriate way to remove this prior to vapour blasting.
If we receive items which are not suitably stripped or contain masking:
f) We reserve the right to decide whether or not to perform vapour blasting on that item
g) If we decide not to perform vapour blasting, the cost of returning the items to the customer will be paid by the customer.
h) If we agree to perform vapour blasting, we will make an additional charge for the time taken to remove any seals, rubbers, gaskets, etc. The cost of this service is £60 per hour on and ad-hoc basis. We cannot be held responsible for any damage caused as a result of removing any seals, rubbers, bushes, stoppers, bungs, bearings, gaskets, masking, etc.
i) If we agree to perform vapour blasting without removing the seals, rubber, gaskets, bearings, masking etc then it is highly likely that media and water will become trapped. We cannot be held responsible for any amount of trapped media and water or any associated corrosion or any issues encountered by the customer when removing the trapped media or water. Please note: masking leads to a lot of trapped media.
a) The size of the components we are able to vapour blast is restricted primarily by the size and dimensions of the cabinet that we use. This is 9150mm (wide) x 8730mm (high) x 7420mm (deep). It is your responsibility to check with us whether your component will fit into our vapour blasting machine before sending items to us.
b) Any items which cannot be cleaned/accessed effectively due to their size will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. We reserve the right to charge for return delivery where costs are incurred by us.
c) Where corrosion has damaged the surface integrity or structure of a component, this cannot be ‘undone’ or smoothed over by vapour blasting. Vapour blasting will simply expose the damaged surface, ready for repair.
4. What can’t vapour blasting be used for?
a) Any item in it's fully assembled state where it can be dismantled into component parts. If you would like us to dismantle items on your behalf please enquire about this service. This will incur an additional cost and components will be left for you to reassembly.
b) Vapour blasting will not remove rubber, silicone and some types of sealant e.g. rubber-based sealants. The media just bounces off this or becomes trapped behind/ inside it. Customers must ensure these are removed before shipping or advise us of them before sending items to us.
c) Complete engines without being dismantled before blasting. Significant amounts of media and water can seep inside the engine itself and become trapped in the oil and inside internal cavities.
d) Any bearing or bore surface, unless being ground or honed after blasting. These areas can be blasted using blanking discs or masking to avoid media contact.
e) Some types of materials will be successfully cleaned by vapour blasting but will need to be re-buffed afterwards, for example: polished parts of exhaust pipes. This is because the polished finish is typically added on after the manufactured finish is achieved and vapour blasting will take the item back to the original base finish.
a) Where requested or recommended we will occasionally use masking during the vapour blasting process to avoid media coming into contact with a surface.
b) We cannot guarantee that masking will entirely prevent media contact with the surface - this is dependent on the integrity of any masking and the pressure used during the blasting process.
c) Masking cannot be used to "blank off" ports like a plug. This is because the slurry of media and water at high pressures will compromise the seal between masking and surface, allowing the slurry to compromise or impact the masked area. Anywhere water can penetrate the media beads can also ingress, which may not be accessibly removed at a later stage.
d) Where masking is used and then removed, we cannot be held responsible for any surface damage caused. ie. painted surfaces where tape may remove loose paint.
6. Receiving items back from us
a) While we endeavour to remove all traces of cleaning media before returning components to you, however, we cannot accept responsibility or liability for components which contain media residues. It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that no vapour blasting media is present before installing components for their intended purpose.
b) After rinsing and cleaning, components will, where appropriate, be coated with a light-weight rust inhibitor. This will remain on the surface of your component and will protect from immediate corrosion whilst stored in a dry environment.
c) Additionally we can use a rust prevention agent (ACF-50) this is applied sparingly to externals which are prone to flash rusting. This would need to be rinsed off before applying powder coating, paint or lacquer.
a) Prices are based on any pre-blasting preparation steps + vapour blasting + rinsing + drying + any rust prevention application. This is all included in the price quoted.
b) As we continue to build on our experience of how long it takes to complete the whole process for various items we will adjust our prices accordingly over time.
c) We will always strive to be competitive and give great customer service, so please do let us know if you think we get it wrong.
d. Prices do not include postage, packaging and delivery costs.
8. Unusual or rare items
a) If you are unsure as to whether your component is suitable for Vapour Blasting please do get in touch and we will be happy to discuss.
b) So far, we’ve found that the ceramic bead media is suitable for most applications as it is very gentle but course enough to obtain the high standard of finish expected.
c) If we are ever unsure we will always respond on the side of caution. We are happy to work with you to carry out a trial run on a similar item – please contact us to discuss. This will ensure we are all 100% comfortable with any decisions taken.
9. Media types
a) We use the ceramic bead media as standard due to it’s versatility and the incredible results it achieves.
b) Media can be changed in order to give a slightly different finish to the nickel/satin look produced by the ceramic bead media. A mixture of media types can also be used to give a variety finishes.