The answer is no! But also yes. You’ve probably seen the video below circulating on social media this last week and thought to yourself, “Holy cow! A device that removes rust effortlessly with no cleanup? I need that!” Well, I thought the exact same thing so I used my expert college research skills (Google) and here is what I came up with.
First the good news. This technology is real and it works. It’s also the dream tool for anyone who has a project car sitting in their garage. This machine creates a high power laser that you can set to a certain “depth” that will scrape the rust off existing metal surfaces. There is also a small vacuum in the gun that sucks up all debris as you blast it off. This means that it is chemical free, dust free, and cleanup free!
Too good to be true? Almost.
The bad news is that you can’t really go down to Home Depot and pick one up. I reached out to Adapt Laser Systems, the creators of these beautiful devices, and told them I was interested in their product. They got back to me within a couple of days and laid the hard truth on me:
Our laser systems are high end industrial cleaning tools for many industrial applications. They are being used in fully automated systems to prepare parts to welding, or to strip paint of aircraft, such as the F-16.
Our Backpack unit with 20W starts at $80,000.00. The CL 1000, as featured on the You Tube or the TV show, starts at $480,000.00.
Please let me know if you need further information.
$80,000 for the cheap one?! It looks like I won’t be the coolest guy in the garage in the near future. I also reached out to Laserax, who also offer lasers for rust removal, and their starting price is $200,000. Although the tech is out there, it won’t be readily available to consumers for quite some time.
Here’s another laser rust removal video just to make you mad: