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What is dry ice blasting and how does it work?

"Dry ice blasting, also called dry ice cleaning, is an environmentally responsible cleaning and surface preparation technique. Dry ice blasting uses solid carbon dioxide (CO2) pellets or MicroParticles, which are blasted at supersonic speeds and sublimate on impact, lifting dirt and contaminants off the underlying substrate." 

-Cold Jet© 




  • Will dry ice remove rust?

  • Will dry ice remove paint?

  • Will dry ice remove undercoating?

  • Can dry ice be used to clean electrical?

  • Will dry ice remove sun fade from plastic?

  • Are you mobile?



  • No, only flaking rust on the surface

  • Yes, If poorly applied

  • Yes, rubberized, wax and oil based

  • Yes, fuse boxes, interior buttons, alternators, computers, etc.

  • Yes, depending on the plastics and the aging process.

  • Certain situations

History of Dry Ice Blasting

The technology was originally developed by Lockheed-Martin in 1977 as an experiment to remove paint but quickly realized this process was terrible at removing paint, but it was great at removing everything else without damaging the paint. Lockheed-Martin trashed the idea and sold the technology to a company called Alpheus who went on to produce dry ice cleaning equipment. In 2003 Cold Jet acquired Alpheus and continued manufacturing of the machines. Cold Jet is the leader in dry ice blasting equipment and is used nationwide.




Dry ice blasting is a safer yet more versatile method for all your automotive and tooling cleaning needs. Texas Polar Jet will improve your next restoration or preservation project through Polar Jet technology, offering a higher quality clean to even the smallest of details. Here are some of the main benefits when choosing dry ice blasting:

  • Versatile - Can clean all components, inside and around the car 

  • Decrease cleaning time - Cleaning time reduced by half

  • Clean in-place - Clean while components are assembled and in-place

  • Access and clean tight crevices

  • Non-abrasive - Will not etch or profile parts, electronics, or paint

  • No secondary waste - Requires little to no containment

    Dry clean - No water or chemicals necessary

  • Will not warp metal

    No water or caustic chemicals

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