Answers to frequently asked questions
What is Dry Ice?

Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide (CO2). In order to create dry ice, CO2 is first captured at an industrial or biogas facility. That CO2 is recycled via a process that pressurizes the gas and cools it to form liquid CO2 (LCO2). Once the LCO2 is onsite at the production point, it is then injected into a pelletizer, or dry ice production unit. Within the pelletizer, the pressurized LCO2 is released to atmospheric pressure, which causes it to solidify into a snow-like consistency. This snow is then pressed through dies to create blasting rice which is then used for dry ice blasting.

How long does a Precise Dry Ice detailing take?

This all depends on the condition of the vehicle and the goals of the owner. If it is a light cleaning, you can expect it to be at least one day. If it is a more in-depth project, 2-3 days is more realistic. However, the time isn’t strictly spent on blasting. We need to safely position your vehicle on our lift, assess the vehicle, and understand the owner’s desires. To start the process, we must safely remove the wheels or disassemble parts if necessary and cover the topside of the vehicle to protect it from any transfer of debris being removed. To complete the process, the previous steps are reversed to prepare your car to be picked up. To perform a successful and safe dry ice cleaning takes time and attention.

Will dry ice blasting remove rust?

Dry ice is a non destructive/non abrasive process and therefore will not “remove” rust in the typical sense. Dry ice blasting can clean and remove light loose surface rust but will not remove heavily pitted rust. However, sandblasting can remove heavy rust and only sandblasting can return rusty metal to “white metal”. If you have a project that is in need of this type of rust removal we can complete this job through our parent company, Billings Media Blasting.

What does it cost?

This is a difficult question, every car is different and every customer has their own desires for how far they want to go in bringing their car to another level of clean. In most cases an undercarriage cleaning starts at $2,000+tax. Whatever your project may be, feel free to reach out and send pictures of what you are looking to clean. We can always work from there to establish pricing. We also can do an initial inspection to see what the current condition of your car is and what your desires may be to help figure out budgets and priority areas to be cleaned.

Will it harm paint?

Dry ice cleaning, when being used for automotive detailing will not remove sound, secure paint. This is a great question and important when we are doing our initial inspection of your car. There may be areas of loose paint or paint where you can see corrosion has started underneath it. In some cases, that paint will come off, though if in the initial review of the car you request the paint remain as is, we will ensure we meet that request. Every car is different, and every owner has a different end goal which will be clarified at our initial discussion.

Can you come to my garage and perform the dry ice detailing?

In almost all cases we ask that your vehicle be brought to us. The dry ice cleaning process can be extremely dirty. The gunk and grime don’t just disappear; It enters the air, and covers the floor and walls. This is not something that we are willing to put your personal garage through. Our blast booth has a coated floor to help with our final cleanup and dust collection to aid in collecting the airborne contaminants. Dry ice cleaning can also be quite finicky when it comes to the humidity in the air so our booth is climate controlled to ensure the most efficient and effective cleaning that we can offer.

Is dry ice detailing safe for all materials/components of my car?

Dry ice cleaning is a process that is adjustable to clean all different materials that make up your vehicle. Painted components, rubber, plastic, wiring, fabric, cloth, aluminum, steel can all be safely and effectively cleaned with our process. We take time to qualify what materials are being cleaned and dial in our equipment to clean these areas. If you have a concern for a certain material, please let us know and we can discuss your concerns.