I’m starting a Vapor Honing business to restore TLC parts (1 Viewer)

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I just recently invested in and built a large Vapor Honing machine for motorcycle part restorations, but that being said, I am also working on car parts for customers.

My cabinet is fairly large, and can accommodate things like motorcycle frames, sub frames, swing arms, and large car parts, such as transfer cases, intake manifolds, valve covers, etc.

If you are unfamiliar with the vapor Honing process, it is similar to sandblasting, but yields a much much more finished looking product. It especially makes soft metals, such as aluminum alloys and brass shine. It is also excellent for metal polishing before electroplating or painting. I am also able to do zinc plating, and zinc chromate, and use the vapor Honing as a way to prep the parts for an even finish.

When these parts come out of the cabinet, they look as good, or better than they did when they rolled off the assembly line. It’s really an incredible end result. Another great thing about this process, is that the media is so fine, it does not distort small marks, like machine marks, or emblems or serial numbers. Look at the markings on those brass temperature sensors. Not only do they need to look new, but the stampings are completely unharmed.

Here are a few pics of recent parts I have done. Man, I really wish I had had this machine when restoring my previous 40 series!

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wow, that looks amazing! I might have to send my valve cover and some engine parts to you when I get back down to TX and start cleaning up some things on my 40.
 

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Awesome. I would highly recommend any raw aluminum parts, such as the intake manifold, thermostat housing, etc. This is also an excellent process to clean a head before sending it to the machine shop. Just send me a PM when you are ready.
 

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wait, you're telling me you blasted the piece assembled and it came out looking like that?!?!?!?

Yes, I blasted this carburetor in situ. I could have disassembled it, and gotten much better results, but I was just shooting the exterior to show the capabilities of the machine. If I was doing a restoration, I would have completely disassembled, vapor honed the aluminum carburetor body, then zinc plated and zinc chromate pleated all the hardware, brackets, levers, etc.
 

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Yes, I blasted this carburetor in situ. I could have disassembled it, and gotten much better results, but I was just shooting the exterior to show the capabilities of the machine. If I was doing a restoration, I would have completely disassembled, vapor honed the aluminum carburetor body, then zinc plated and zinc chromate pleated all the hardware, brackets, levers, etc.
It's amazing. Can't imagine how good it would have come out taken apart. This is making me want to do a full resto on my FJ40
 
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Can I send my whole truck to you? I kid, but that is some impressive technology. For anyone that’s spent hours with a stripper disc and sand paper working on a part it seems like a miracle.
 

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For anyone that’s spent hours with a stripper disc and sand paper working on a part it seems like a miracle.

Totally. This thing would have saved me several days worth of work on my previous restoration.
 

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Here's what the same items look like installed.
I had them vapor honed while I had the engine apart.
It is a great process, just thoroughly clean the glass beads out of every nook and cranny!

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Thank you for the great visual for those wondering what this looks like reinstalled.
 

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