Aug 20 2019

Molegrips Vaporblast Finishing, San Diego

Molegrips Vaporblast Finishing based in San Diego, California, USA, purchased an Aquablast 915 to clean the surfaces of engines and suspension parts on sports bikes.

Johnnie Moule, the sole owner of MVF, has always had a passion for the 80s – 90s sports bikes. He now operates his business by importing rare Japanese sportbikes as well as restoring and refinishing parts.

From reading an article on Vixen’s UK website, on reviving a Kawasaki GPZ carburettor, Johnnie realised that he had to try vapour blasting for himself, seeing how the old cast and machined parts could be restored to an ‘as new condition’.

Johnnie said:

“Back in the UK, after I finished school, I restored my mum’s old 1955 scooter, but there were only the traditional dry blasting companies to call upon at that time. I was a little disappointed by the finish and the parts looked like they had obviously been blasted and the exterior panels required a lot of work before paint to get a good surface finish.”

Johnnie contacted Vixen and this resulted in him investing in an Aquablast 915 wet blasting machine, and the closed loop system to recycle water and remove the risk of any contamination. This is very important in Eco-conscious California.

Manually operated, the Aquablast 915 machine 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 wet blasting process is that the finish is produced through the 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 wet blasting process eliminates media impregnation into the component, and as a result, is vastly becoming a popular choice for companies worldwide.

Johnnie said:

“For now, I mainly use the Aquablast for my own bike parts as I work full time in the Aerospace industry. Once I become a little more skilled with the Aquablast I’m considering opening up my services to a wider online internet market in California, as I currently have a few friends and associates who need Jaguar and RZ Yamaha parts refurbished. Eventually I want to expand my customer base to local bike and car restoration dealerships. Maybe then Web-based business.

“I currently blast bike engines and suspension parts which fit perfectly into the Aquablast 915. The beauty of this process is they come out looking like they’ve just been cast or milled from the factory. I am looking to try some cast 17” wheels as my technique improves before stove enameling or using a local powder coat.”