Mark Luebke, a motorcycle enthusiast, based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, uses Vixen’s Aquablast 915 wet abrasive blasting cabinet to refinish his 1972 Moto Guzzi Eldorado 850 engine cases, heads, carburettor bodies and transmission case.
Prior to using the Aquablast, Mark used glass bead blasting, acid washing and many other refinishing techniques on various projects. He found that these methods left too much ‘tooth’ in the finish and didn’t look correct. Mark said: “The ‘peened’ finish that is possible using Vixen’s wet blasting process is different to anything I have ever seen in all of the years I have been working on and restoring motorcycles. The finished parts are beautiful.”
Manually operated, the Aquablast 915 is particularly effective for creating a satin finish on stainless steel along with a wide range of other metals. The Aquablast range is designed to simultaneously blast and degrease components in a quick and easy dust-free process, which achieves outstanding finishing results on a variety of components.
The key to Vixen’s wetblasting process is that the finish is produced through flow of water borne abrasive and not by media impact. This helps to create a finer finish due to the lubrication and flushing action of the water during the process. Vixen’s vapor blasting process eliminates media impregnation into the component, and as a result, is vastly becoming a popular choice for companies worldwide.
Mark said: “The results from the Aquablast were astonishing. The before and after photographs speak for themselves.
The other huge benefit of Vixen’s wetblasting process is speed. This process is ‘industrial grade’ and it is very fast and easy to use.
Vixen have thought of everything with this machine. The window washing / wiping system is excellent and the opening allows you to place and re-surface large or small parts with such ease.
Rick at Wet Blasting is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I really like the Vixen Aquablast, and recommend these machines to anyone who needs to do high quality refinishing efficiently.
These machines are just excellent!”
For more information on Vixen’s range of wet blasting cabinets … just ask Rick!