rocket vapor honing

About Vapor Honing

Vapor honing is a unique and effective solution when you have parts that need a thorough cleaning without the risk of damage due to heat or erosion from abrasive media.

How does vapor honing work?

Sandblasting, soda blasting, and any type of dry blasting relies on the media directly impacting the surface of the parts, often at 90 psi or more. Angular, aggressive, cutting media erodes the surface of the parts. Vapor honing is a very gentle process in which the media we use is fine glass beads, suspended in water. This slurry is pumped to the honing gun and is accelerated by cool, clean, dry air at about 40 cfm. The cleaning and polishing are accomplished by the slurry flowing over the contour of the parts, rather than by direct impact. The water in this process provides a cushioning effect and also acts as a lubricant between the parts and the media. The result is an ultra-clean surface with a softer, even, and satin finish with no damage, degradation, or further pitting of the parts.

How do we use vapor honing?

This technology is unbelievable in restoring parts that no longer look their best due to age, use and oxidation. Vapor honing not only cleans these parts but leaves them with a beautiful, uniform, satin sheen.

Vapor honing common applications include:

  • Automotive Restoration
  • Motorcycle/ATV Restoration
  • Antique Restoration
  • Aircraft Parts
  • Cleaning and reconditioning of most rubber and plastic parts
  • Removal of small burrs from manufactured parts
  • 3-D Printing: we can smooth out those small lines
  • Provide a clean, even, satin finish on aluminum, stainless, copper, brass, titanium, and ferrous metals
  • Surface prep for repainting, coating, or plating
  • Removal of rust, scale, and carbon

Your parts will look like new with no warping, no damage, no changes in critical dimensions and no degradation to important details, identifiers, and casting marks. All of this is accomplished without the use of chemicals. This process is so gentle and flexible, with changes of media, air pressure and blast angle, we can often achieve great results reconditioning plastic and rubber parts also.