So I've been asked to give more info about the setup I am using. A chance to ramble on about whatever I want? YES, PLEASE!
I'm using Harbor Freight 70 grit aluminum oxide media that I got on sale a while back:
Here's a shot of the thing sitting conveniently on my stack of Rota C8s:
It comes with a transformer to power the 12V (seriously, why????) florescent light in the box.
Sandblasters like DRY AIR. In preparation to use the cabinet, I bought this HF air line dryer, with some fittings and a "jumper hose:"
I had forgotten that in the box of stuff that came in the cabinet that there was a set of nozzles. The pre-installed nozzle was a #5. I swapped in the smallest nozzle in the set, a #4, and that helped A LOT with the air consumption!
It helped enough that I could nearly continuously blast with this little thing:
This became even more useless:
That being said, after tweaking the fittings and air lines, I was able to make a lot more progress in less time this evening!
Don't you just love that finish?
I know I do!
Here's a closeup of the remaining rubbery residue that was left under the ball joint:
I didn't have enough oomph to take that crap off, so I scraped it off with my pocket knife and was left with shiny, nearly brand new paint underneath:
A few minutes later, SHAZAM!
Blurry pic is blurry:
Anyway, that's the inside. It's large enough for nearly anything suspension wise, but I don't think a Honda RTA (rear trailing arm) will fit, even diagonally. We'll find out eventually.
The only really, really annoying thing I've found about the whole thing is this:
And yes, it leaks:
Summary of the pros and cons:
-It comes mostly assembled (except for the filter and air supply hoses) out of the box
-Surprisingly effective with less than ideal air supply
-Well sized (Smaller would be annoying, larger would be too big for nearly any small work area)
-)(#*)(*$# CLEAN SUSPENSION PARTS!
-Static cling blocks your view
Would I recommend it? YES.
Would I spend the time to fix the leaks before using it? MAYBE. If you are going to use it all the time, then yes, it would be a good idea. I am mostly going to use this a lot for a little while and then leave it alone in between various projects, so I am not sure if the time would be worth it when I could put that time into getting my CRX's suspension cleaned, painted and installed.