Media blasting and priming the body | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Now that our Bugeye Sprite had been stripped and pressure-washed, we sent the body off to be media-blasted and primed.

Bare sheet metal, especially here in humid Florida, needs to be primed after blasting. We sent the car to Blast Masters in West Palm Beach, Florida, and after blasting they wipe down and prime everything.

For this kind of work, they use a blasting medium made by DuPont called Starblast.

You can expect a job like this to take a week to 10 days and cost about $2200. If that sounds like a lot, look at the benefit: You quickly get to start your project with what is essentially a fresh-looking shell free of rust and paint.

Good news upon receiving our blasted and primed Sprite: It as rust-free as we figured.

But, at the same time, we were a bit underwhelmed by all of the dents and dings–the life of a race car.

Fortunately, we’d rather fix dents than rust.

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