Project FD RX7 Restomod: Part 5 – Dry Ice Blasting Restoration

If you love your car and especially if you work on it, Dry Ice Blasting restoration is a MUST.

Dry Ice Blasting is outright incredible.  It is a cleaning process that is booming in popularity in recent years and for good reason.  Nothing else is this invasive, gentle, yet effective at restoring surfaces to their former glory by lifting decades of dirt, oil, dust, and grime from the original metal, undercoating, and sound deadening material.

We took our 30-year-old FD RX-7 to get restored by one of the pioneers and most experienced people in the automotive dry ice blasting industry – Jakob of I AM DETAILING & Dry Ice Auto, located in Costa Mesa, California.


It is just so satisfying and therapeutic to see years of muck just melt away and reveal the original surface that hasn’t seen daylight in decades.


FD RX7 undercarriageBefore Dry Ice Blasting, our FD RX-7 was pretty typical of a 3-decade old car.  Road grime and buildup mixed with oil vapor and minor leaks have built up over the years


FD RX-7 MotoIQ Dry Ice Blast Restoration MotoIQAfter Dry Ice Blasting, the entire undercarriage is pristine from the aluminum control arms, rubber boots, plastic panels, and stainless-steel exhaust.


Dry Ice Blasting does not use any chemicals or even water in the cleaning process, so there is no concern of corrosion, damage, or electrical problems typically associated with pressure washing or aggressive cleaning of engine bays and undercarriages of cars.  The only residual mess from dry ice blasting is from the original grease and grime that is removed from the surface.

Dry Ice Blasting Restoration HopperThis amazing process takes small pellets of dry ice and crushes them into tiny fragments, which are then shot out of a nozzle with compressed air to clean surfaces.

Dry Ice Blasting Restoration AC CompressorAs the sand-sized pieces of dry ice impact a surface, the explosion of the dry ice vaporizing from a solid to gas lifts grime away from the original surface


  1. Billy, this is one of the most awesome things I have yet to see. I would like to try this before starting a major job, during, and after! I want to buy one of these rigs but I realize that the air drying and handling parts of it are more expensive than the blaster itself.

    1. Yes. I use these from time to time cleaning the molds in blowmolding and injection molding for plastics. They do an incredible job, but I think our cheapest machine costs about 25k.

  2. Dry ice blasting came up on an episode of The Smoking Tire Podcast and someone mentioned that the going rate was $300 / hour!

  3. So what package did you go for and how much did you pay? I have been subscribed to his channel for a long time and I saw that video when it came out but I had no idea it was yours!

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