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hello !! new to this forum! just wondering if any one could give some advice on a pirate brand 1.5 soda blaster that I bought if any one could tell mee how reliable they are also im buying a Smith sand blaster and will also like to know how reliable they are??
 

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Welcome to CT. I'm going to move this thread to the sandblasting section since a lot of our members that frequent that section might miss it in this section.

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The pirate brand looks to be a good quality
But I do know have any use with them personally.
The biggest thing with any blast pot is the customer service with fixing it
Everything on anything will wear over time, it's the service behind the sales that make it !!

My soda pot, after 5 years, just had some problems... I sent a video to the guy and even when he was in Florida on vacation, replied back to me with in a few hours with a solution !! that's service ( ps thanks Stacy)

Everyone know that the pirate brand is a knock off of other brands, but really aren't most of them?
 

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The pirate brand looks to be a good quality But I do know have any use with them personally. The biggest thing with any blast pot is the customer service with fixing it Everything on anything will wear over time, it's the service behind the sales that make it !! My soda pot, after 5 years, just had some problems... I sent a video to the guy and even when he was in Florida on vacation, replied back to me with in a few hours with a solution !! that's service ( ps thanks Stacy) Everyone know that the pirate brand is a knock off of other brands, but really aren't most of them?
Clemco, Schmit, and Empire are about the only ones that I know of that are true originals of there time. And I guess I have to include Sanstorm in there as well. Marco and Pirate is just overpriced clones in my book. I'm more of a Clemco and Schmit fan myself.
 

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I also got my first job for the soda blaster is my very own 72 vette any advice on how to start and what pressure should I run the air and how many bags of soda will I consume?
 

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How to start? I would suggest on the paint. You don't have to very low pressure. That just makes you dwell so long that you end up digging in. Try at least 80 psi so you can get some work done. I stay at 120 and just keep moving. if the paint is think in a spot you just have to pulse it and be careful for as moment. How much you will use depends on your style your equipment and the mix you choose as well as the paint on this particular auto. Dial back to nothing and turn it up to a light spray.
 

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Just bought a Clemco .5cf pot for $400 with all it's accessories it's missing the remote system any advice?? Was it a good deal??
 

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Didn't realize Clemco made a 5cu ft pot. Thought it went from a 3-6. Learn something new everyday. Back to your question, it depends if the grit valve is in ok shape and the rest of the plumbing. $400 is ok for a shell I guess. By the time you add in a grit valve if needed and a remote system, your going to have a pretty good bit into it. What type of shape is the pop up valve in? Post some good pictures and we could tell you more.
 

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The pluming is good and the valve underneath seems to be moving freely the pop up valve looks in fair condition but I will like to replace it it's set up with out an automatic valve the condition of the pot is fair the hoses and helmet are in fair condition I will post pics tomorrow !
 

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Hello my friends still learning as I go!! On the bussiness I just got a call to soda blast a pool slide, she is 75' by 48" she is made of fiberglass any advice will be good for this job she totals out 740 sq feet!! Any advice??
 

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Make certain you are charging T and M. Soda is way too slow and too expensive. Medium abrasive is the way to go. Soda will still etch up the fiber glass and perhaps more so because of the extra dwell time on parts that have come clean while you wait for other parts to come clean. Let the customer know that you will likely expose hidden damage and that you are not responsible for repairs.
 
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