Soda Blasting History
New York State engineers were looking for ways to clean the Statute of Liberty. They had concerns about the environment, waste disposal, and protecting the Statue's surface. Due to the soft copper plates that make up the exterior of the Statute, the use of abrasive processes was excluded, such as sand blasting. The process of soda blasting was recognized to address all the concerns of the engineers.
Who actually invented the process of soda blasting is a bit of a mystery. But a company in Houston, Texas saw the opportunity and converted their sand blasting equipment to handle soda blasting. For over a decade, they blasted a popular line of pick-up trucks that had flawed paint jobs right out of the factory. The advantages of soda blasting over other forms of paint removal on these vehicles were numerous. The vehicles didn't have to be disassembled, soda blasting is a fast process, and there is no damage to the metal body panels, glass windows and lights, chrome bumpers, door gaskets and other components on the exterior of these vehicles. When the vehicles were soda blasted, they were virtually ready for their new paint jobs.
After the truck company got their painting right on the first application, the Houston company turned their attention to marketing the soda blasting "pots" outside the automotive industry. They developed a demo unit that they could take with them to show the advantages to soda blasting over other de-coating processes. It was these demo units entrepreneurs became interested in. Entrepreneurs, such as John Conroy, owner/operator of Tri-State Soda Blasting, recognized they needed these demo units to get to the sites where items were to be soda blasted, such as auto restoration shops, marinas, and graffiti removal on buildings and homes.
Tri-State Soda Blasting came into being April of 2005 and is based out of Westchester County, New York.