Project NSX: Part 16 – Dry Ice Blasting Restoration

NSX rear lower control armThe rear control arm was a bit dirtier than the front.

NSX rear lower control arm Dry Ice BlastedThe Dry Ice greatly cleaned up the rear suspension.

NSX shift cable boxThe shift cable receptacle and housing looked its age.

NSX shift cable box Dry Ice BlastedThe Dry Ice did an amazing job at cleaning up the brass connectors and the housing itself.  The rubber cables were not hurt at all due to the nature of the Dry Ice and the skills of Jakub at I Am Detailing.

NSX oil panThe Oil pan was looking rough and rusting at the weld points for the inner baffle.

NSX oil pan Dry Ice BlastedIt’s pretty impressive how much cleaner the Dry Ice made even the oil pan.

NSX I Am Detailing Dry Ice BlastingJakub at I Am Detailing offers different packages depending on what the client is looking for.  For most enthusiasts who care about, enjoy, and especially work on their cars, I highly recommend getting the engine, suspension, and undercarriage blasted at 95% clean.  This is the best value for a car that you love and will be driving.  For low mileage museum show pieces, you can spend a lot more time and money to make the underside of the car perfectly spotless.

It’s important to realize that every car and situation is unique and a car with less mileage on it may take longer than a car with more mileage that’s easier and quicker to clean.  So it all depends.  Jakub also offers both interior and exterior cleaning services of the car, including full blasting restorations.  Typically, it takes 12-15 hours to fully clean a classic car.

We are admittedly getting addicted to Dry Ice Blasting by Jakub and I Am Detailing.  Once you experience this on your own car, you’ll feel guilty to not have all of your cars go through the same restoration process.  But be warned.  If you’re use to turning wrenches on your own car, you’ll never want to work on any of your cars that isn’t blasted.






    1. Oh for sure! Our Project FD RX-7 was a gunk-filled mess. Now it’s so nice to work on what’s essentially a brand new car. The only downside is that you won’t want to work on another car that isn’t blasted! haha.

  1. “Once you go ice, nothing is as nice.”

    To this startlingly bit of wisdom, I can only add…’yup, yup.’

  2. Will it remove surface rust? Just typical red blemishes and such, superficial at best. This sounds like a much better way to handle undercarriage paint prep… At least in my case. I hate having to use wire brushes and such.

    1. Dry Ice Blasting is a game-changer. Check out the more detailed article on the process for Project FD RX-7. The aggressiveness will depend on the settings and experience of the technician. It can remove undercoating or it can be gentile enough to not remove it. I just blasted a lightly corroded and gummed up aluminum differential and it’s perfectly clean and ready for paint prep.

  3. Would love to know the total weight of the gunk that came off. Can we get before and after weights the next time?

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