Handheld 1000W laser makes rust evaporate

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A handheld 1000W laser can blast away rust, paint, and any other coating to reveal bare metal within a few seconds (Read More at Car And Driver).
The Industrial Laser Solutions take on this story:

The QF-1000 handheld 1000W laser device from P-Laser (Zonhoven, Belgium) has uses in preparing metal for robotic welding or removing residue (such as rust) from manufacturing molds in the automotive industry, among other industrial uses.

The device works by aiming short pulses of laser light at a metal surface to evaporate the dirt layer and any oxides underneath by absorbing the laser's energy, but the metal underneath will not absorb the energy and leave the treated metal surface clean for welding or painting.

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