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  • Dry Ice Cleaning

    This process is new to me. Has anyone had experience with dry ice cleaning? I understand it is good on the undercarriage, but can it clean oxidized body paint?
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    Originally posted by Ralston View Post
    This process is new to me. Has anyone had experience with dry ice cleaning? I understand it is good on the undercarriage, but can it clean oxidized body paint?
    We used it in the glass making industry to clean burned on lubricants and chemicals off of the glass forming equipment. It was used due to its ability to clean surfaces while not hurting bearings like sand blasting. It was also excellent since it did not harm electrical components and such like high pressure water jet cleaning would have.
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      There's a video on YouTube of a really old, really dirty engine block being cleaned that way. It appears to work, but I'm not sure I'd use it on a complete car, with bodywork, rubber and plastic bits still attached.

      Here it is:

      Although here's one where they did it on the under carriage of a 911, so I guess as long as the operator is careful with his aim...



      It does seem to be rather extreme, though, unless the surfaces you want to clean are really bad.

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        Actually, I don't have anything old enough to justify getting the equipment. That would have been my first car, a Model A. I suppose the NCRC would have been a better forum to ask the question.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ralston View Post
          Actually, I don't have anything old enough to justify getting the equipment. That would have been my first car, a Model A. I suppose the NCRC would have been a better forum to ask the question.
          I think this is probably offered as a service rather than as equipment an individual car owner would buy. One of those vids said, I think, the equipment costs $40K, so you'd need to be able to put it to commercial use, for a fee, for it to make any sense.
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