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May 30, 2008

SodaBlast systems to use ARM & HAMMER ARMEX bicarbonate

In the SodaBlasting process, a non-destructive stream of air-driven, specially formulated baking soda under high pressure is used

Under an agreement with the ArmaKleen Company, SodaBlast Systems, manufacturer of eco-friendly boat hull cleaning systems, will use ARMEX, the industry-leading baking soda-based blast media from the makers of ARM & HAMMER Products.

"Partnering the pioneer of soda blasting equipment with the originator of baking soda media was a logical next step," said Benny LeCompte of SodaBlast Systems.

"One of the most attractive aspects about this partnership is the focus of SodaBlast Systems to promote the technology and continue to develop equipment to meet application demand. Now they are able to provide their customers with a specially-formulated bicarbonate abrasive to remove paint and marine growth that complements the SodaBlast Systems equipment," said Delia Downes, ARMEX product manager.

In the SodaBlasting process, a non-destructive stream of air-driven, specially formulated baking soda under high pressure is first used to strip the antifoulant paint and open the blister. Then, to prepare the surface for repair and repainting, the affected area around the blister is feathered by split-second, swirled "micro-blasting". This finishes the surface in preparation for repair. The entire process can be accomplished in 1/10 the time as traditional techniques, resulting in a properly prepared surface that is ready for blister repair and painting.

The SodaBlasting hull cleaning service is available from a network of over 160 company-trained, Preferred SodaBlasting Contractors worldwide. For more information about the SodaBlasting boat hull cleaning process or becoming a Preferred Contractor, call 1+800.216.7632 (toll-free in the US), 1+713.869.2227 or visit www.sodablastboats.com