I can remember being back in 7th grade and deciding it was time to try out my paintin' legs by stripping my bike down and hittin' it with some rattle cans. Now it sounds easy enough, except I had a few problems: no paint stripping tools, no knowledge, and no money. The only thing I can actually remember having, and in mass quantities, was no worries! Without a care, but with a sense of determination, I proceeded to move forward with what I knew and went down and bought some sandpaper. I then came home and completely disassembled the bike and began sanding away. In the areas I couldn't use sandpaper I grabbed a flathead screwdriver and started scraping the paint away! Needless to say, it was a long process, and a learning one, but I got it done in the end. As the years have gone by I have graduated and updated to bigger and better things, but things are much the same. When I need to strip something, within means, I grab stripping wheels, paper, wire brushes, and even my trusty old flathead screwdriver if the mood is right.

There are much easier ways to handle jobs like this, take for instance abrasive blasting. But the problem here is that by the time you take things apart, find a blaster, bring it down to the blaster, and pay the man ... do the ends justify the means? In my eyes, the only way I'm going to take something down is if it's an entire truck-I can handle smaller and moderate jobs on my own. For guys with a mindset like mine, things just got easier thanks to one of Eastwood's newest products.

Seeing a void in the marketplace, the Eastwood Company created a solution that allows the homebuilder, or professional shop, to handle stripping jobs on their own with the introduction of their new Soda Blaster. To learn more about soda blasting, its benefits, and why Eastwood decided to develop a new soda blaster, as opposed to a sand or other abrasive blaster, here's Eastwood Product Developer and expert, Joe Richardson: