Frequently Asked Questions
What services does Surface Recovery offer?
How do I choose the right service for my parts?
The majority of the work revolves around coating removal and rust prevention. Our burn-off ovens are best for removing paint, dirt and grime from steel. If aesthetics aren’t an issue, than the burn-off process is cheapest and quickest. Cleaning a part in our ovens does not change the structure of steel. At times, the heat from the process can pull the impurities from the steel to its surface, which is the reason that aesthetics are an important factor in process choice.
Our chemical cleaning process is better suited for cleaning parts when aesthetics are a factor. Also, chemical cleaning is the best way for cleaning non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, magnesium, brass and zinc die cast. We use alkaline cleaners for ferrous metals and milder cleaners for non-ferrous ones. Our chemical baths are heated to 190 degrees Fahrenheit and contain anywhere between 10 and 20 percent of our proprietary chemical blend.
What do you do if I don't know which service is best for my part?
With most new customers, we prefer to do a trial. You send us a few parts to experiment with and we send photos and feedback showing you the results. Together we work to find your definition of “clean”. Once we’ve established the cleaning process together, we devise the process and get to work.
How do you prevent parts from rusting after you've removed the coating?
After the coating or rust has been removed, we thoroughly rinse the parts and apply a rust inhibiting solution that acts as an indoor coating for about a month’s time, depending on humidity and weather in storage. The rust inhibiting solutions we use are water soluble allowing for easy rinse before going to paint. We can also apply oil-based rust prevention products.
How do I get the rust inhibitor off the part before I paint?
Our rust inhibiting solutions are easily washed off with water and most (if not all) pre-paint wash cycles can remove the solution without problems.
How do I get a quote?
Feel free to click on our Request a Quote link and a member of our office staff will call or email you. To provide a quote, we need to know the dimensions of your part, the quantity, metal type, frequency for services and desired turnaround time.
What are your capabilities?
We can handle almost any variety of large and small parts and quantities. Some customers come to us with a few parts for their personal car restoration projects while others send us several truckloads of parts every week for cleaning. Also, we have our own fleet of trucks and drivers for providing transportation services to our customers.
The dimensions of our two burn-off ovens range from 20′ to 30′ in length and our chemical immersion tanks range from 6′ to 12′ in length. We have three pressure washer stations and one vapor blasting/dustless blasting station.
What is your standard turnaround time?
We typically finish projects in a week, but for bigger projects, we work with our customers to establish a time table that works for all parties. For an extra fee, we can complete projects in one or two business days.
What are the benefits of using the Chemical Immersion process for paint stripping and coating removal?
Chemical immersion is an environmentally safe process and an efficient way to strip the coating from finished goods, and is the recommended paint stripping method for both ferrous and non-ferrous parts. It is proven to remove organics from metals such as aluminum, aluminum wheels, stainless steel and thin gauged steel. It easily removes difficult coatings (E-coat, Military paints, Epoxies, etc.). The chemical immersion process leaves a clean surface with NO ash residue, etching or tarnishing of polished aluminum or brass surfaces, and there is less stress on the substrate which allows for better coating ability than other methods.