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Thoughts on sandblasting my wheels

Discussion in 'Props, Shafts & Seals' started by tbaxl, Nov 22, 2020.

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  1. tbaxl

    tbaxl New Member

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    Wheels are off for cutlass bearing change so it is time to re do my antifouling. I am 99% sure they do not need to be checked as there have been zero issues felt and they look perfect with exception of the prop speed. Can I sandblast them to clean the up or is that a bad idea.
    Tim
  2. MBevins

    MBevins Senior Member

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    My initial reaction is no it's not a good idea. I suspect you'll damage the edges.
  3. tbaxl

    tbaxl New Member

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    Not really worried about edge damage as much as heat and warping. Have already decided I will just chemically strip and hand sand.
  4. Norseman

    Norseman Senior Member

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    Soda blasting may be an option?
    Had my bottom soda blasted 2 years ago, gentle on the gelcoat.
    (I should specify, the Boat’s bottom was soda blasted, not mine) :cool:
  5. MBevins

    MBevins Senior Member

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    You are correct, I was referring to warping when I mentioned the edges, just didn't clearly state that.
  6. rtrafford

    rtrafford Senior Member

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    The prop shop will sandblast them when you drop them off for repair. Sandblasting is fine if you're careful. Soda is safer.
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    Fishtigua Senior Member

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    As above, Soda blasting.
  8. CaptTom

    CaptTom Senior Member

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    Would a wire wheel on a drill work? I've seen some shops do it that way before antifoul paint.