I have been getting a lot of emails from people asking me about soda blasters and conversion kits. I also get questions asking if its similar to the pressure pot system. So I decided to write up a post here so other people can find it and include some advice along with it.
First, soda blasters are fairly similar to the pressure pot system but the tubes are smaller and the valves are more suitable for the fine baking soda abrasive powder (also known as sodium bicarbonate). So- you could actually use your pressure pot as a soda blaster with a conversion kit. And there are a few companies that make these soda blaster conversion kits for the pressure pot sandblaster.
I found this soda blaster conversion kit on Amazon that might help you here: http://amzn.to/wyCBSz . But I want to express a few other things:
- Make a Conversion Kit: These conversion kits typically cost about $100 – $200 dollars and there isn’t much to them. So you might want to make one yourself. You should be able to easily put one of these soda blaster conversion kits together and find these parts at your local hardware store. Just look at the picture I provided above and get creative. You should be able to make one for under $50 dollars. If your local hardware store does not have these type of parts, then check out sites like Grainger or McMasterCarr.
- Buy a Separate Soda Blaster: I honestly suggest you just buy a separate soda blaster for many reasons. First of all, its a real pain when you are switching back and forth from sodium bicarbonate and your other harder abrasive. Second, when switching to sodium bicarbonate, you will most likely still have some leftover hard abrasive in the tank. It is difficult to remove every little bit of the other abrasive. Third, I found soda blasters that were cheaper than the conversion kits shown here: http://amzn.to/w0oSOu
I hope that helps clear things up and give you some ideas. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.
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