British Auto Parts Restoration - Services@BritishCarburetors.com
Much safer and more careful than standard sand blasting, we use a mixture of dry medias to carefully remove scale and remaining debris from the surfaces of all parts. At this stage we remove any sensitive materials and bring them back in later on. This dry blasting is performed at very low pressures to stop any unwanted abrasion or deformation to the materials. All of the small parts are strung together to keep them together, protect them, and ensure nothing is lost.
We start the restoration process by first carefully photographing and noting the condition of your project. We keep track of exactly what arrived in your parcel and what directions or requests you specify. After taking note we carefully disassembly every part to make sure every surface receives the same careful and gentle refinishing.
After all of the parts are removed and separated we place everything in closed steel mesh baskets and soak them in a proprietary blend of gentle detergents. This process softens varnishes, scale, and other deposits. By letting the parts soak in this warm bath we can remove large amount of the debris and reduce the amount of time required and protect natural material surfaces.
After soaking everything we transfer the baskets into our industrial Ultrasonic Cleaning unit for a microscopic scrubbing. This system causes minute high frequency vibrations to cause intense microscopic cavitation that shakes dirt and debris from surface and inside every pathway and port. This system gets to the nooks and crannies impossible to reach with any other operation.
After Vapor Honing the parts we like to go a step further and wash the parts in a proprietary solution to balance the metal's reactivity. This step slows, and for some metal even stops, oxidization.
At this point all parts that cannot be Plated are pulled out and thoroughly dried.
Finally we begin reassembly. We prefer to use only our best quality Master kits to ensure that we neither forget any necessary parts and gaskets nor that we ever use sub-quality parts. We have spent many hours and much effort to prepare your project up until this point and we want to continue to offer equally unparalleled products. We have searched and tested many different brands over the past decade and we have found the parts we are willing to put our name and our reputation behind. With this we also guarantee our labor and parts.
An expensive operation and system for small shops and enthusiasts to have, but the quality and safety this system offers is worth it to us. Vapor Honing is a process of using blasting media suspended in a solution of detergents and solvents to safely clean and polish, or "hone," the surfaces of parts. While similar to dry blasting in that they are both types of media blasting in a sealed cabinet, Vapor Honing is a dustless wet process that uses the cushioning of a solution to protect material surfaces. The cleansers that are added to this mixture enhance the quality of cleaning and improve the visual appearance as well as removing the "pores" of metals.
The pores are softly smoothed out reducing the amount of oils and debris that can stick to the metal's surface.
All of the non-ferris metal are removed and set aside. The remaining ferris metals (iron/steel) are restrung and collected together to go though a few more steps to plate them with "Clear Zinc" plating. The resulting finish is a brilliant and beautiful metallic finish that both makes the parts look better but also, and more importantly, protects them from rusting for many years to come.