The AquaBlast WheelBlaster uses wetblasting technology to simytaneously blast, wash, and prepare alloy wheels after kerb damage in one quick and simple step, ready for painting and lacquering.
The machine combines the standard six stage process of manually preparing wheels into one application, and can reduce the application time from one hour per wheel to just three minutes in one compact cabinet.
The process uses water mixed with an abrasive to blast the wheel inside the machine to create an etched finish, ready for the next stage of the repairing process. The use of water in the application ensures that no media is impregnated onto the alloy wheel. The water also provides a washing action and does not strip the wheel back to bare metal.
Vixen has desgined a revolutionary new wetblasting machine specifically for smart alloy wheel repairs – The Aquablast Wheelblaster.
Why choose the Aquablast Wheelblaster?
Vixen’s Aquablast Wheelblaster is designed exclusively for the operator working in the automotive industry.
The dry blasting method of finishing alloy wheels creates dust, which is a major hazard in the body shop enviornment, and also requires additional washing / drying facilities before the wheel can be painted and lacquered. The wetblasting process used in the Aqublast Wheelblaster does not require a specific room for siting, eliminated the risk of dust and combines all of the preparation process in one cabinet – ideal for the workplace.
- Optional pneumatic lift complies with health & safety.
- Internal spigot ensures ease of handling and loading.
- Durable high pressure pump.
- Dust – free process.
- Compact cabinet design.
- Blow off gun to remove excess water and media ready for painting.
- Wheels can be prepared in less than three minutes.
- After processing, the original paint of the wheel will be totally clean and perfectly etched ready for re-coating with paint.
Combines 6 processes all in one machine:
How it works:
1.) The wheel is loaded onto the pneumatic lift (optional) which is raised up to the opening of the cabinet. The operator then loads the wheel onto an internal spigot, which is mounted on a pivoting arm to allow for easy and hassle – free loading.
2.) Once loaded, the operator applies pressure to the foot pedal, and the water / media slurry, which is contained in the cabinet sump, is delivered to the manual blast nozzle via a glandless polyurethane pump. Compressed air is added to this stage to accelerate the slurry.
3.) After contact with the alloy, the slurry drains back into the cabinet sump to create a re-circulation system, while other contaminants are fed into the sedimentation filter. Before removing the wheel, it is rinsed using the integral rinse system and usually compressed air blown dry before removal.
Today’s modern SUVs/4 x 4s are fitted with large alloy wheels. It is worth considering the repetitive lifting of wheels when some alloy wheels with tyres can weigh over 40Kg/ 88lbs.
Knuckle / Swivel Arm
The multi point locking system of the Wheelblaster is integral to the fabrication of the machine. This system allows the operator to manipulate the wheel in almost any position for the convenient ergonomic processing.