Clas­sic racer and bike col­lec­tor Dave Fitz­patrick has formed a new busi­ness pro­vid­ing a vapour hon­ing (vapour blast­ing) ser­vice to other re­stor­ers, en­thu­si­asts and engi­neers.

Com­pet­ing with BHR in the BEARS Class for some years, the for­mer F3 cham­pion says that vapour hon­ing, a more ac­cu­rate term for the process than vapour blast­ing, pro­duces a high level fin­ish.

Vapour hon­ing com­bines wa­ter with a blast me­dia and high pres­sure/vol­ume air. This slurry can be used on mat­ing sur­faces, wear parts even non-metal­lic parts as you may find on a car­bu­ret­tor.

Us­ing pow­dered glass me­dia pro­duces a very bright fin­ish on alu­minium com­po­nents with­out mak­ing any change to the di­men­sions and Dave has used it on pis­tons, en­gine cases, gear­box parts and be­cause the glass me­dia is very round and soft it doesn’t de­te­ri­o­rate the base layer. Chang­ing the me­dia to ce­ramic, which is very hard and an­gu­lar, and tweak­ing the air sup­ply means that even fac­tory ap­plied paints can be re­moved although the fin­ish is less bright. Al­lu­minium Ox­ide is even more ag­gres­sive which would be used on heavy works ap­plied coat­ings.

For more in­for­ma­tion on vapour hon­ing and to speak to Dave call: 01625 560060 or get him through vapourhoni­ or www.vapourhon­

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