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 4th 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.
Damon Oorloff, Founder of Kingsley Re-Engineered said: “Rust. It’s one of the biggest challenges we have to overcome being Range Rover Classic specialists, but also an issue we’re keen to solve. We’re introducing cryo cleaning to the stripping process as it’s not only a safer, more gentle way to rid cars of corrosion, it’s also less abrasive and that leads to having a better chance of saving original panels and chassis parts that would otherwise be condemned.
“I’m a big believer in working with other specialists but also opening the doors of Kingsley [Re-Engineered] to others. That’s why we’re not just offering this service for our customers and Range Rovers in particular, but any other specialists [Kingsley Re-Engineered is based outside of Oxfordshire, UK] are welcome to see the process and request a quote from us to assist with their projects. Whether it be a restoration done by a single person in a garage or other restorers – we’d love to share what this amazing technology can do for others.”
Having restored over 400 Range Rovers, UK specialist Kingsley Re-Engineered has now added the cutting-edge dry ice ‘blasting’ technique to its restoration and rust removal process Cryo cleaning uses dry ice pellets propelled by compressed air to attack surface contaminants like rust, old undercoat and flaky paint, but is non-abrasive and harmless to painted surfaces Benefits of cryo cleaning include time-saving, being more environmentally-friendly than other options as well as a gentler process meaning more metalwork can be preserved New cryo technology could save up to 70 per cent more panels compared to other methods Kingsley Re-Engineered is set to use this method on all restoration and build projects from now onwards and is also offering it as a service for other specialists and restorers from April Cryo cleaning at Kingsley Re-Engineered can be used for other automotive conservation cleaning such as engine bays, panels and even instrument clusters and carburettors Enquire to understand more about cryo cleaning and the firm’s latest projects here
Available not just to Kingsley Re-Engineered builds and customers of its cars, but also other specialists, the stand-alone Ice Blasting service is taking bookings from 4th April 2022 from its Oxfordshire HQ. More information can be found via its stand-alone website: www.iceblasting.co.uk
Meanwhile, customers wishing to enquire about Kingsley Re-Engineered’s range of restoration and restomod build series’ should email [email protected]
The average build and restoration process takes around six to eight months depending on specification and complexity. Individuals looking for Kingsley Re-Engineered’s assistance with cryo cleaning on its own are invited to call +44 (0) 1865 884 488 or also use the [email protected] email address.
About Kingsley Re-Engineered
Kingsley Re-Engineered was founded by Damon Oorloff in 2001 and is based near Eynsham in Oxfordshire. As a family run business with traditional values, Kingsley Re-Engineered offers each customer a personalised service, which is why the company has such a loyal client base. Kingsley Re-Engineered is one of the leading specialists in classic Range Rovers and Land Rovers. Kingsley Re-Engineered offers its customers a range of servicing, repairs and upgrades across a variety of models, including bodywork and paint repairs. The company also offers two Kingsley Re-Engineered Reborn Range Rover Classic series cars, where key components are upgraded to improve driveability, performance and useability. In addition to this, Kingsley Re-Engineered has a substantial parts and remanufacturing department where the team produces period interiors, carpets and roof linings alongside leather interior applications.