Forget yoga and meditation, if you want to de-stress at the end of a long day, there’s nothing like a great dry-ice video.
We’re suckers for all kinds of detailing videos, whether its watching a maggot-infested interior being vacuumed and shampooed back to life, or watching sun-bleached paint being rescued with cutting compounds and wax.
But there’s something really mesmerizing about seeing a car blasted with dry ice. Maybe it’s because the dirt is cleaned away almost magically, with no rubbing or wiping. It’s almost like the guy with the hose is spray-painting newness onto the car.
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This is the 1977 Porsche 911 S. It was recently listed on Bring-a-Trailer at $77,777. The factory had a naturally-aspirated 2.7-liter flat-six. Its Grand Prix white paint looks fantastic at the start of the video, but underneath, while the 911 is clearly in great condition, it’s nowhere near as shiny and shows a typical build up of grime the comes from being used and enjoyed.
Dry ice blasting is a way of cleaning parts without any of the abrasion you get using traditional media blasting – and without the associated mess, too. The dry ice pellets are the solid carbon dioxide form. It is sent through a high-pressure hose. The pellets become a gas when they touch a surface. This allows dirt to be removed without any effort.
Although the floor, exhaust heat exchangers, engine and transmission case are all visible, it appears that there may be some oil leaks which the owner needs to fix. The most notable change to shock absorbers is the removal of all the grease and dirt that has built up. The 911’s underside, just like me, looks spotless after eight minutes of video.
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