Looking great....what was the sand blaster you bought again?? and would it do all that the rented one did?
Here are a few pictures of the blaster I bought. As you can see it is a Brute 150# unit, likely similar to an ALC. I'd say it is well built. I got it off their ebay store and saved a little on shipping.
I added a filter/regulator to what the unit came with. I think that helped a lot.
I use a 1/2 inch hose. My compressor is an IR unit that is rated at 24 CFM at 90 psi. The compressor just barely keeps up with a 5/32" nozzle.
The rented unit I used to do the frame, but I am sure I could have used this unit here to do the frame as well. I used it to do the cab this summer and it worked great. The biggest issue is the compressor you use relative to the size of the nozzle. A bigger compressor is better... to a point. The blaster I rented was really a really nice industrial unit, The issue I had was the size of the hose which weighed a ton when it filled up with the aluminum oxide blast media.
I rented this compressor along with the blaster. It was a 100 CFM 175 PSI screw type. which was about 50 CFM more than I needed, but the smallest I could rent nearby.
I could have had my frame picked up blasted and returned for just a little more than what I spent on the aluminum oxide and rental stuff, but I really wanted to do it all myself. I reused the aluminum oxide that I bought for the frame also on the cab and other parts. It is durable stuff.
Lookin good. Your doin your build in about the same order as mine. Im just getting all my cab mounts, shock towers, spring shackles and hangers painted up at school right now. Its a long process but definately worth it i have come to find out. Keep up the good work. Check my build sometime.
Brian thanks for that info...I am also getting ready to take the cab fenders hood ect. Off and start the blasting process. I also wanted to do it all myself so I understand the spending money on buying te equiptment rather than sending it off. Good luck with the rest of our build and I'll be following how it goes. You should check out my build page sometime as well!