Apr 24

Shot Blasting for Classic Car Restoration

Shot blasting is a great way of cleaning all types of metal.

The process of shot blasting will move grease, paint, rust, plastic, rubber insets and paint adhesive, making it perfect for the restoration of classic cars, garden furniture and steel window frames. By removing these substances from the surface of the metal, it is then ready to be restored.

We recently had the pleasure of shot blasting the chassis of a 1965 Corvette Stingray brought in by a customer from Nottingham. We were able to carefully remove all the remaining paint and build up of corrosion using shot blasting, as the chassis itself was very badly corroded and needed a lot of repair work. The customer has now rebuilt the car to restore its former glory.

Our chilled iron shot-blasting facilities

Here at NiTEC, we pride ourselves on our excellent chilled iron shot-blasting services. We have the ability to shot blast components of up to 20 tonnes in weight, and the capacity to shot blast components of up to 216m┬│. Our stainless steel booth minimises the levels of particles which settle on the work and we also offer the service of blasting with aluminium oxide 180-220 grit, which produces a very fine surface finish.

If you have a current restoration or repair project and would like more information about shot blasting, please visit the Nitec website.

Feb 13

Increased Use of Electroless Nickel Plating in the Automotive Industry

As experts in the electroless nickel plating process, the staff at NiTEC carry out metal plating on a number of projects specifically for the automotive industry.

We commonly plate brake calipers for the automotive industry as the process of electroless nickel plating can dramatically improve the quality of the surface metal. Nickel plating is the ideal way to coat and protect the steel of a brake caliper, making them very corrosion resistant and hard wearing. It is a necessity that brake calipers are very hard wearing and last a significant amount of time. This is because they allow a vehicle to stop as they squeeze the brake pads against the surface of the brake rotor.

Classic vehicle refinishing

Nickel plating has also become popular for plating and restoring classic cars, vintage cars, and motorcycles. Not only does the nickel look great with its bright, shiny silvery finish, it is also very hard wearing and perfect for protecting the vehicle from corrosion and rust.

 

When nickel plating is applied to cars and motorcycles, however, it can become dull if it is not polished regularly. But because nickel is such a hard metal, it can be cleaned easily with most metal cleaners without causing damage to the surface of the metal.

If you are carrying out a restoration project on a classic car, or would like to find out more about how nickel  plating can extend the life of components used in the automotive industry, contact the team at NiTEC for more information. Visit our website or call us on 0845 224 3571 for more information.