When I made the decision to remove the green paint from the Travis image, I also needed to produce a mechanical tooth to prep the surface for good adhesion of the new finish. The sandblasting process knocks loose any paint, coating, or debris and propels very fine bits of material at high-velocity to clean or etch a surface. This made sandblasting the perfect solution. I have Janet Lewis, metalsmith, to thank for the suggestion and H & H Protective Coatings to thank for the sandblasting. From here, Travis is ready for the final steps.