Chameleon Vapour Blasting

01935 593 837

Superior Preparation & Finishing for your components

Chameleon Vapour Blasting provides Blasting, Polishing, Stripping and Cerakote with facilities based in Yeovil, Somerset.  Superior surface cleaning, preparation and finishing for a range of different applications.   We offer vapour blasting, dry blasting, bead blasting, soda blasting, paint stripping, vibratory polishing, ultrasonic cleaning and a range of Cerakote finishes. 

We are a family business with a strong emphasis on excellent customer service and quality finish.

We are all about transformation!

Chameleons have the ability to transform, and transform is what we do best. Time and time again our biggest thrill is watching a customer’s reaction when they unwrapped their components to reveal the transformation of old, dirty, rusty, tarnished parts into something beautifully blasted, polished or Cerakote’d.
We breathe new life into tired parts and the results are spectacular!

Cerakote

What is Cerakote?

Cerakote is a ceramic based finish that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness. Each of these properties is rigorously tested to guarantee that Cerakote products remain at the forefront of the ceramic coatings market. Cerakote ceramic coatings utilise state-of-the-art technology to out-perform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications.

Different Cerakote Series for Different Applications

Cerekote offerings are more diverse than just colour, there are four different series that are available. Some coatings are good for one application, but might not be the best for another. While colour choice is a concern, it should hardly be your only concern. Internal parts and mechanisms will benefit from a different kind of coating than external components. High temp areas, such as barrels and exhausts will benefit most from another type.

Simply put, there isn’t a generic formula for Cerakote, and knowing what is available will give you a better understanding of what works on which parts, and why there’s a lot more involved than simply choosing a colour. We are very happy to discuss the different options and requirements.

Some of our recent Cerakote work

1989 Honda CR250R engine

Our customer was doing a restore and rebuild of this iconic 80’s Evo motocross engine.  He brought the engine components to us in quite a sorry state.  We talked through the preparation and finish options, agreed on the action plan and set to transforming this motor into something beautiful.                       

We vapour blasted the components and prepared them ready to be  Cerakote’ d in C-148 Burnt Bronze, H-109 Gloss Black, C-129 Gun Metal Grey .

Our customer is delight by the transformation and we’re proud of the work we did on this.

Give us a call us to discuss what you are looking for and we’ll guide you on prep and Cerakote finishes for your components. 01935 593 837

2008 KTM EXC Enduro engine

Our customer was rebuilding this 300cc 2-Stroke.
We vapour blasted the components, prepared them and then Cerakote’d in H-109 Gloss Black and MC-160 High Gloss Ceramic Clear Coat on the barrel.
Give us a call us to discuss what you are looking for and we’ll guide you on prep and Cerakote finishes for your components.
01935 593 837

‘On Any Sunday’ KTM Modern Vintage

Another project we had a hand in was this ‘On Any Sunday’ modern Vintage KTM build.

We vapour blasted several components and went on to Cerakote the exhaust headers with Cerakote C-7600 Glacier Black.  C-7600 withstands temperatures up to 1,800° Fahrenheit / 980° Celsius, with thermal shock from those temperatures directly into water with no adverse effects.  C-7600 retains its deep black, sleek satin finish in the most extreme environments.

The completed KTM Build went on to show at the London Motorcycle Show, was published print Issue 10 of Built Magazine and website, bike-urious.com, Pinterest, Derestricted, amongst.  We are delighted to have had a hand in the build.

Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting

Ultrasonic Cleaning

Ultrasonic Cleaning uses high-frequency, high-intensity sound waves in a liquid to facilitate or enhance the removal of foreign contaminants from surfaces submerged in ultrasonically activated liquid. 

With our new larger ultrasonic cleaning tank, we can effectively and safely clean, internally and externally almost any hard non-absorbent material, such as radiators, cylinder heads, carbs, jewellery, watches, tools, coins, fountain pens, golf clubs, fishing reels, car fuel injectors, musical instruments, industrial machine parts, and electronic equipment.

Types of Blasting

Vapour Blasting

Vapour blasting is a process that combines water and ultra-fine media along with compressed air to clean cast alloy and non-ferrous metals.  The Vapour Blasting process is a non-aggressive way to bring components back to a “as new” satin finish condition, which looks great.

This process is ideal for so many applications such as cylinder heads, barrels, cranks cases, rocker boxes, wheel hubs, carburettors, engine covers, alloy wheels, pistons and valves, the list goes on, the possibilities are endless. 
 
Here are some recent vapour blasting work photos

Honda XR630R ‘Smiles for Miles’ build

Here our customer was restoring and customising this 1996 Honda XR600R 4-Stroke engine and various components.

After discussing options, we carefully masked the entire engine orifices, at the customers request, so the motor could blasted without disassembly.  Greatly speeding up his restoration timeline.

This Honda went on to be a successful build and featured on pipeburn.com and Issue 33 of Built Magazine amongst other places.  We are delighted to have had a hand in the build.

Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting

Bead Blasting

What is bead blasting?

Bead blasting uses a blasting media – beads which are propelled at a surface to gently clean, polish, or roughen the surface to the desired finish.
Bead blasting can offer a smooth, uniform, shiny and always cleaner surface.
We also offer the option to apply Cerakote Clear after Bead Blasting to further protect the component and maintain the excellent look for longer.

Dry Blasting

Dry blasting allows cleaning of a wide range of components. From removing paints and surface coatings to preparing and finishing surfaces, dry blast cleaning is suitable for an assortment of applications.

Dry blasting is an effective way of bringing certain components back to life. As there is no water involved with this process, it is ideally suited for materials that are unable to get wet. What’s more, it is highly abrasive which means it is able to remove stubborn paint, heavy rust and surface coatings with ease.

Dry blasting is an ideal solution for components that require high speed, force and control blasting. This method is often used with popular abrasives such as glass bead or aluminium oxide and results in a good consistency finish. It can be used for:

● The removal of paint, rust, scale and carbon
● Surface preparation
● Cleaning and retexturing plastic moulds

Soda Blasting

Soda blasting is a method of light, non-abrasive cleaning that uses compressed air to blast particles of sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda)

Soda blasting efficiently removes and cleans multi-layered surfaces. This eliminates the need for any other toxic chemicals, scraping, sanding, or abrasive blasting. For heavier duty surface preparation, we also offer shot blasting and grit blasting.

Polishing

Metal polishing is a finishing method that uses an abrasive material to smooth surfaces. When polished, the surfaces of metallic objects are freed of defects and become more reflective and shiny, enhancing their appearance.

We specialise in restoring all types of classic, vintage car and motorcycle parts, but can also polish household items and bespoke items.

We polish all types of metal to a mirror or satin finish and provide a high quality finish on Aluminium or Stainless Steel items.

Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting

Honda CB400 ‘Cafe Racer’

Here our customer was converting his 1984 Honda CB400 to a ‘Cafe Racer’.  The process required preparation and restoration of many components.

He came to us for his blasting and polishing requirements.  We discussed what he needed and the type of finish he wanted, then set to work blasting and polishing most of the polished parts you see on the bike below (some items such as the clocks where bought be the customer new). 

He was delighted with the end result and we are proud to have played a part in the transformation!

Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting
Chameleon Vapour Blasting

Vibratory Polishing

We also offer Vibratory finishing, a process that consists of placing bulk parts, media and compounds into a vibratory trough or bowl. The vibratory action creates a force on the parts causing media and parts to turn and tumble against each other deburring or polishing a mass of parts to the required finish and depending on type of media used to achieve the desired finish.

Vibratory finishing can be used for deburring and other finishing applications such as polishing, cleaning, descaling and surface preparation.

Paint Stripping

We offer a paint stripping service in our environmentally friendly strip tank using benzyl alcohol. Our tank capacity can fit four standard sized wheels. This service is good if you are just looking to have the paint or powder coat removed, before further preparations work.

Degreasing

Our Degreasing service is available as part of preparation before blasting or if you just want a component degreased before it is reused in your project.

Contact Us

Chameleon Vapour Blasting 

Unit 1 Venture 7, Brympton Way
Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HP

01935 593837 

enquiries@chameleonvapourblasting.co.uk 

 

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Chameleon Vapour Blasting - Yeovil
5.0
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Paul Hurley
Paul Hurley
2021-08-20T19:49:43+0000
First class workmanship and a pleasure to do business with. Highly recommended!…
Dan Ridge
Dan Ridge
2020-04-15T21:57:20+0000
Literally stunned by how good my 26 year old Honda parts looked when picked up. They look like new parts! Fantastic... job, very knowledgeable, careful and thorough. Now my go to guy for vapour blasting. I’m bringing more parts.Highly recommended.read more
Manny Mac Thréinfhir Trainor
Manny Mac Thréinfhir Trainor
2019-09-03T12:02:13+0000
Nathan took on 4 old jerry cans i had. Bit of a challenge for me, but Nathan cleaned them up really well! very much... highly recommended!read more
Leon Fox
Leon Fox
2019-03-02T10:58:33+0000
Top job and quick turnaround, highly recommended

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Ryan Olford
Ryan Olford
07:11 26 Jan 22
Had my car wheels blasted here ready for refurbishment and they came out absolutely brilliant. Will be taking all my future car parts here. Thank you very much!
Martin Simmonds
Martin Simmonds
07:02 24 Mar 20
Jason Jordan
Jason Jordan
11:02 06 Apr 19
Really pleased with the service and care taken of my parts. I did things a bit back to front and had my barrels re-bored and race tuned before getting them vapour blasted. I was concerned that the blasting may take the sharpness out of the honing, but the staff at Chameleon blanked them off as requested an clearly took great care of them including protecting some bearings that I had been unable to remove. I arranged the courier service to drop off and recollect which they were happy to accommodate. Communication and follow up calls to check everything had been received back were refreshing and much appreciated.Well recommended and will certainly use them again.
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