1. where do you get your soda from? and what grade are you using, course?
2. if products like maxxstrip and super K were available in Au would you be interested in them? been doing some sniffing around and have found the suff, not in Australia yet but if a few people show interest it can be, It dose not come from the USA....
3. Re: question 1. no I do not have a cooler yet but I do have the stuff that makes soda water resistant, I can make my own BUMP soda for half the price,
Maxxstrip / Kieserite is Epson salts, the trick is getting the right grain size
Super K is sulphate of potash a fertilizer, again the trick is getting the right grain size, generally it is only available in powder (soluable) or the size of gravel for spreading on farms, now a bit of info for all both of these products that are available in the USA are not actually from the USA, they both originate from Germany!
As far as what I put in my soda to make it water resistant, not meaning to sound like a smart ass but this is one secret I would like to keep to myself for now (there could be a profit in it) apart from saying that it is a powder that you simply mix in with the soda, I'm not sure if it is exactly what Australian soda blasting supplies use but the stuff I have been playing around with reacts exactly the same as their soda, put some on a tea spoon, dip it in water and it comes out as dry as chips, I only have samples of the stuff at the moment but intend getting some to make my own water proof soda, in fact you could make anything water proof.
I did a job today (yes a Sunday) and used 15 bags of BUMP soda it cost me $1,050 just for the soda today, that is absolutely Insane, how is a bloke to make a profit when paying those prices just for the soda, atleast at your prices ausisoda $27 bucks a bag you have half a chance of making a profit, 15 bags $405. The only thing I think about when blasting is the price of my soda and every bag I put in is profit lost, it stresses the heck out of me
Ausisoda how much dose your mate want for his gear and the cooler?
sodablast has quoted me $5,500 for a SB100LV pot on a skid with no cooler.
I have been looking at the panblast BP300PMB-2 Blast Pot as a second multimedia pot (just put a dotcom to the end of panblast)
Kell490, the idea of the moisture resistant soda is so that you do not require a cooler/ air dryer plus all the other gear, The sales speel they give is that this means less start up costs, less maintenance, less down time due to glogs / blockages, and some coolers require mains power to run which is not pratical with a mobile unit etc. a lot of the Armex soda has a moisture coating on it but not as much as our BUMP soda. Our soda you can put a tea spoon full in a glass of water and the next day you can take it out and it is dry and still pours like a powder
i wonder if that bump soda has something to do with that if it was water soluble it would wash out a lot easier. Can't you just mail order a after cooler from here? You could try glass but it still can warp. Lot of guys tape off anything where the soda can get stuck in. I'm just starting off and haven't even done a car yet but they told me if a customer wants a car outside done and it isn't stripped down then tape all the edges and leave a strip of paint so the painter can feather into that. Everything has issues nothing is perfect that's for sure. Has he tried a hot water pressure washer?