Ms. Rusty has moved from my workbench in the garage to my kitchen table. Partly because I felt guilty for neglecting her for so long, partly because the garage is still full of stuff from the kitchen remodel that is destined for a huge garage sale, but mostly because of comfort. This time of year it is MUCH warmer in the house than out in the garage!
The next step in Ms. Rusty’s make-over is prepping her for bead blasting. The good thing about bead blasting is that it is a fast way to remove paint and surface rust. The bad thing is that it removes the paint using an abrasive powder that can get into all the nooks and crannies and it isn’t selective to just paint. This means you need to protect surfaces that require tight tolerances, like smooth machined surfaces and threaded holes.