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60 Years of Automotive Soot Removed from the Battery Street Tunnel

Crystal Soda Blast was tasked with removing the thick soot from the ceiling of the Battery Street tunnel. The build-up of carbon exhaust included lead deposits, so the job was considered a lead abatement project. There is not a single blasting media that will work for every application and Crystal Soda Blast was able to…

Sandblasting The Historic Macy’s Building In Preparation for Amazon

Previously home to The Bon Marché and currently home to Macy’s, 300 Pine St. is a historical epicenter of retail in Seattle. Amazon has recently announced that they will keep this tradition going by leasing 6 floors of office space above the downtown Seattle Macy’s store. Combined with the announcement earlier this month that Amazon plans to…

Is Crystal Soda Blast the Right Fit For My Project?

At Crystal Soda Blast, we specialize in blasting, cleaning, and refinishing large immovable objects or buildings. With over 15 years of experience and hundreds of completed projects in Washington and Oregon, we have the knowledge to get the job done right! While we would love to take on all projects big and small, for us…

Lead Paint Removal Work Practices

Removal is the stripping of the lead containing paint and its elimination from the premises. This is, by far, the most preferred and desirable method since it is the complete and permanent solution to a lead dust problem. However, lead dust removal is also the most costly since it involves technical equipment and stringent worker procedures to ensure safety.

Why Lead Paint is Dangerous

Lead was banned from being used in household paints starting in 1978. This means there’s a lot of houses and commercial spaces that still have lead painted surfaces.

Anatomy of a Soda Blast Professional

Even the smallest soda-blasting job can be hazardous to your health. It is for this reason that all of our blasting specialists at Crystal Soda Blast take great precaution in wearing the proper safety equipment while working. A lack of proper safety equipment can result in health issues including hearing damage, skin burns or eye damage from flying debris and getting small particles sucked in to the lungs.

Why Clean With Soda?

We use a variety of medias to blast with including sand, dry ice, and walnut shells. But why soda? Prior to soda, sand was the main blasting media. Sandblasting, however, is abrasive and erodes the substrate coatings, pitting glass, tearing rubber, plastic and etching metals. Soda blasting can be used wet or dry to remove paint, corrosion, biological contaminants, oil, grease, carbon and many other coatings.

The Tracy House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Have you ever-mixed cement? First, add water to a mixture, stir, pour, and wait for it to set. Sounds simple enough, right? Now, repeat those steps 1,700 times into individual block molds. That is exactly what Seattle couple, Bill and Elizabeth Tracy, did five days a week for a year while constructing their home in Normandy Park, WA in 1956.