Should I sand blast my frame?
I'm in sort of a bind right now. I have a 1997 TJ 4cyl, 5spd. It is bone stock. I have about 2k dollars I'm willing to play with to improve it.
It has surface rust on most parts of the frame but none really bad. There was one spot on the drivers side rear wheel well on the outside where dirt got inside and rotted out a small section of metal. My mechanic cut it out and welded steel back in that spot, he does good work and I am confident it was done well.
I don't need to drive the tj this summer so I could restore it. I am sort of anal and like to do things right. At first I was thinking about just por-15ing it. But then I thought about sand blasting it. So I found a 40 lb harbor freight sand blaster for 40$ today almost brand new and bought it, and I picked up a nice used two stage compressor that will run it for another 200$.
I am having commitment issues now. Is sand blasting my frame in my driveway a reasonable thing to do? Could it cause problems with debris getting into axles, drivetrain, etc if I do so?
I dunno if I want to get involved with this right now. I did some reading on this tonight and it seems what is going to happen is this:
I will spend tons of money on media to strip it. I will make a god awful mess in my driveway which is possibly an environmental hazard. I may contaminate important things like bearings and places that aren't supposed to be gritty. I will break bolts, strip stuff and end up spending much of the summer cursing myself for starting this project. Inevitably I will spend tons of money on this.
Does anyone here have any experience or advice on this?