Kingsley turns to ICE for it's re-engineered classic Rangies

21st March 2022

Having saved over 400 classic Range Rovers through its restoration and specialist restomod build series, Kingsley Re-Engineered has worked to overcome the Achilles’ heel of the Range Rover Classic, and other specialist cars: rust. Previously using traditional methods such as sand-blasting and chemical stripping, the forward-thinking specialist will now use cryo dry ice cleaning in its restoration process and offer the service to other specialists in its local Oxfordshire, UK area from 4 April 2022.

With each Range Rover Classic needing approximately 100 hours to strip its shell and chassis due to corrosion and dirt before embarking on a restoration or rebuild project, the Kingsley Re-Engineered team has seen a plethora of rusty Range Rovers since it was founded over 20 years ago. The abrasive solutions used to-date have either been harmful to the environment or harsh on the metalwork, in some cases meaning that they are too far gone to save. Research shows that up to 70 per cent more panels could be saved using the cryo process compared to more abrasive stripping methods.

Dry-ice blasting is a particle spray procedure that uses CO2 granulate as a spray agent. Unlike most other blasting solutions, which keep their solid state during the entire work process, the frozen CO2 purifies immediately to CO2 gas when it touches the surface, meaning no spray agent residues are left behind.

All Kingsley Re-Engineered Range Rover restoration projects conducted from 4 April 2022 will use the new process, and unlike most specialists who keep these services in-house, Damon Oorloff, the firm’s Founder, and his team, will offer the cryo process to fellow classic and collector car workshops in the local area. Useful for not only rust removal but cleaning any delicate area, the dry ice process will clean and remove any material that is not paint from the panel or area it is applied to.

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