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Discussion in 'Tips 'n' Tricks Topic' started by DBS, Aug 10, 2015.
thats one of my control arms in the cabinet pics of them looking all perty coming soon I hope.
What is the point of the holding tank on top of the cabinet.?
OP what the hell are you trying to do?
dump 50# of your media in the cabinet, buy a $10 SIPHON blaster, stick it in the sand & blast away....you are making that cabinet WAY more complicated than it has to be
the gun that's in it is gravity fed so had to get it above gun.
I never tried a different siphon set up other than what came in it and it never would work right. it would work ok for few minutes then get stopped up, I can not tell you how man times I have sifted that media and it would work for a few then quit.
I had the same setup, Found out from some professional restorers, that they thoroughly powerwash and clean the parts before they go in a cabinet. Otherwise when you start blasting the big loose chunks go into your siphon media and get pulled into the gun. Once I started pre cleaning good, I started having minimal problems.
Grease is especially the culprit too.
I bet you get a lot of water in the line also. Any little bit of moisture will cause the media to clog. I have pretty much the same cabinet and have used it for about 15 years now. When I first got it, I hated it because I was useing it every day. After I learned to get the moisture out of the air, it made thing a lot easier. The next little trick I learn was to put my finger over the tip when I lost media. What that does is force the clog back out of the gun. I have used sand to the point it was as fine as baby powder.
Nice Tip! I did not know that
I have a blasting cabinet just like that one pictured, I used a hydraulic high pressure hose and upped my pressure to 100 psi, also I noticed when its a humid day "I live in south west Louisiana so we have a lot of them" the gun tends to clog up, I use to use actual sand then changed over to blasting media called the devils teeth, it works amazing, I broke my gun the other day and a friend of mine let me use his, he had a small tip on it and I swaped it out for a bigger tip and it works amazing. I also find that pumping the trigger helps keep the flow more steady, if I keep the trigger squeezed the gun will start blowing air with less media, then I bump the trigger and cover the tip and blow the air out my suction line and it starts working fine again. hope you get it.
Here is the system I used to help fight moisture in the air line. I like to have 50 of air movment before I get to the FRL. As you can see in this pic I also have a dog leg before the FRL to help catch moisture. This will keep 99% of the moisture from getting past you FRL. If you are doing a lot of blasting dont be surprised at how many times you have to empty the trap.