In the automotive industry, there are a variety of applications for dry ice blasting, both during the manufacturing process and during restoration efforts. From removal of old paint to cleaning of engines, undercarriages, and assembly line equipment, General Abrasives Co. Inc utilizes non-abrasive technology from nose to tail throughout the automotive industry.


Without the use of abrasives to remove an array of contaminants, dry ice blasting allows you to clean many surfaces without profiling or altering the appearance and texture of the product. Non-toxic, non-abrasive and time-efficient, dry ice blasting eliminates the need for chemical stripping or sanding, resulting in a smooth finish with minimal residue. 

Mold and tool cleaning, surface preparation and paint booth cleaning, weld line cleaning to remove slag and spatter buildup and other general equipment cleaning with dry ice blasting effectively cleans automotive production equipment without the use of water or chemicals and without producing secondary waste. 

The versatility provided by dry ice blasting can be incorporated into both general cleaning applications as well as specialized remediation and heavy-duty cleaning services. Superior over the labor and time intensive option of hand sanding or potentially damaging chemical strippers, a main benefit of dry ice in automotive media blasting is the added efficiency into your production and restoration processes.

Cars on a parking lot


Before vehicles can have a fresh coat of paint applied, the existing finish must first be removed. During automotive paint removal with dry ice blasting, pellets of dry ice are sprayed in a pressurized stream, allowing the paint to be fractured by the force of the spray. As the dry ice pellets meet the surface of the paint, thermodynamic shock causes fractures in the initial layer of paint that allows the paint to be blown away. Our equipment allows us to provide customized cleaning solutions with adjustable streams and PSIs ranging from 60 to 250 PSI. 

Preferred among auto enthusiasts and restoration shops, auto paint removal with dry ice blasting is a gentler method for preparing a car’s parts or paint job for fresh coatings to leave your car looking as good as new. Eliminating the need for chemical stripping or sanding, dry ice blasting results in a smooth finish with minimal residue. There are times when stubborn coatings like thick paint, epoxy and rust require an added abrasive to create the necessary blank canvas for a new paint job. With added glass beads into the dry ice, even the toughest coatings can be removed without pitting or gouging the product surface. Auto restoration professionals are frequently faced with cleaning and reconditioning soft surfaces inside and outside of automobiles. Protective rubber boots on drivetrain components, belts, wires, hoses,

electro-plated metal, vinyl roofs, dashboards, instrument clusters, and interior upholstery are all examples of components that can be cleaned with low pressure dry ice blasting. 


Removing the need for aqueous or chemical cleaning solutions, dry ice blasting also allows you to safely clean equipment and molds along the assembly line without losing time for equipment to cool down or to disassemble. Used at operational temperatures to remove an array of contaminants without the use of abrasives, dry ice blasting allows you to clean many surfaces without profiling or altering the appearance and texture of the product. Because the system does not introduce water or chemicals, dry ice blasting can also be used indoors and allows you to prepare surfaces for immediate coating or paint application. 

When used on engines and undercarriages for cleaning, or on the production line for molds for automotive panels, seats, tires, and gasket molds, dry ice blasting does not require time for cool-off of the operational machinery or removal of the mold. With this routine cleaning, you can remove a number of contaminants that can alter mold geometry or impede equipment performance. 

Used for adhesive, coatings, and corrosion removal, tool cleaning and parts refinishing, surface preparation and remediation, dry ice blasting provides a versatile cleaning solution that will not damage sensitive or delicate surfaces or surrounding areas while being aggressive enough to meet industrial process cleanliness standards. 

Typical Automotive Contaminants:

man using dry ice to clean car under carriage
  • Sealants
  • Slag
  • Sludge
  • Grease
  • Sludge
  • Grease
  • Sealants
  • Slug


Reducing costs and overall downtime, General Abrasives provides this service to maintain the integrity of your parts while reducing costs. Dry ice blasting as a more cost-effective method of cleaning equipment and automotive paint removal.

One of the biggest advantages to dry ice blasting is the elimination of toxic chemicals within the cleaning process, reducing both the damage to the environment and to the overall health of your employees, customers, and contractors. When used as preventative maintenance as well as during inspection processes, dry ice blasting allows you to take advantage of it’s quick services to reduce production downtime and unplanned maintenance. Contact our team today to learn more.