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#10979766 - 07/15/15 09:34 PM finally pored some lead today
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Had about a 80 percent success rate today, a few bad poor due to temperature of lead and unsteady hands I guess. Also started construction of my fluid bed today, bought a air pump and powder aswell. Should be making more progress in the am.


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#10979790 - 07/15/15 09:43 PM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad]
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80% sure beats my success rate when I started pouring lead. Let me know if you have any issues with powder coating.

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#10979877 - 07/15/15 10:13 PM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad]
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Brad,
That is a very fancy fluid bed!!!
This is a 2", I have 3" that are built very similar.

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#10980017 - 07/16/15 02:41 AM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad]
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It's not to fancy kinda modified a design I saw online. I built it for about 12 bucks, have about half what I need to build a second one left over. Got the pump, blk powdercoat, and I think everything I need to start powder coating tomorrow with exception of a oven.
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#10980018 - 07/16/15 02:42 AM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad]
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Got my valve installed and base glued in tonight should be able to try it out with my paper sack filters in a few hours.
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#10980034 - 07/16/15 05:09 AM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad]
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Was just teasing, it reeally looks good smile mine is simple like me, I can remove the powder, so with 2 beds going, I can insert or remove easily.

What kind of valve?
I have looked at brass valves, but they cost about $5 on amazon.
I have a couple ovens, but have used a small toaster oven, turned up side down. I ran a wire across between the door and the heating elements.

I can take some pictures if you want. Upside down, I open and close the door, which is easier for me.
One other thing that i have done in the past is to use an alcohol lamp to heat the jig head, dip, then hang.
Once I get them dipped, I cure in the masses smile
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#10980038 - 07/16/15 05:22 AM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad]
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I just picked up a .99 valve petco had next to the pumps price was right. Might not regulate well but it's worth shot.
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#10980213 - 07/16/15 08:09 AM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad]
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Wow! My fluid beds are very simple. Threaded fitting, threaded plug. That's all I need is the two pieces of PVC and the cup.

Also the best air pump I've found is this one. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002JPE...ailpage_o06_s00

It will run four 3" beds with no problem. The little pumps from Walmart just don't cut it with many powder paints.

As for valves I've been using either Clippard MNV-4 or Fabco NV-55. Both of which are true needle valves. I was using stock I had on hand but I'm now out of both. I do have 10 Ideal valves I may use. Nothing like using a $100 needle valve on a $5 fluid bed. The Clippard valve works just fine and can be purchased at a distributor for under $20. Totally blows the plastic valves away.

For heating the product before dipping I use a electric frying pan or a hot plate and a frying pan. Then I use the toaster ovens for curing.
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#10980346 - 07/16/15 09:05 AM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad]
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My overkill fluid bed seams to work out okay, might need to invest a little more money in a better pump down the road but think my cheap petco pump is getting the job done at the moment. Now I guess I gotta find me a toaster over, because I sure don't want to see the boss lady's face if she finds out I had fishing baits in the oven. Lol


Thanks for all the advise, anything else that can be added to help a newbie out would be great.
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#10980474 - 07/16/15 09:35 AM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Streetwalker]
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Originally Posted By: Streetwalker
Wow! My fluid beds are very simple. Threaded fitting, threaded plug. That's all I need is the two pieces of PVC and the cup.

Also the best air pump I've found is this one. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002JPE...ailpage_o06_s00

It will run four 3" beds with no problem. The little pumps from Walmart just don't cut it with many powder paints.

As for valves I've been using either Clippard MNV-4 or Fabco NV-55. Both of which are true needle valves. I was using stock I had on hand but I'm now out of both. I do have 10 Ideal valves I may use. Nothing like using a $100 needle valve on a $5 fluid bed. The Clippard valve works just fine and can be purchased at a distributor for under $20. Totally blows the plastic valves away.

For heating the product before dipping I use a electric frying pan or a hot plate and a frying pan. Then I use the toaster ovens for curing.



Rex,
Can you post pictures?
I like that pump, caddie of the pumps too!
I have tried both valves, plastic are inexpensive, and they work, especially with Fluidization Membrane.


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#10980946 - 07/16/15 12:05 PM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad]
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outstanding work!!!
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#10982536 - 07/17/15 07:00 AM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad]
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I'll get a picture today and post it.
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#10983922 - 07/17/15 04:07 PM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad]
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Here are the first 3, I was running out of time so I just picked rubber skirt holders, will be hand tying in the future. Blue bruiser, crustation, and glitter bug.



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#10983942 - 07/17/15 04:15 PM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad]
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another new skill to add to your repertoire. very nice work!
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#10983979 - 07/17/15 04:39 PM Re: finally pored some lead today [Re: Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad]
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Heat the head less when you powder coat them. If you don't get a good coverage, you can always dip them again. You can't undo it once it is on there and it will always leave the extra on the top of the jig coat after curing. Great looking baits regardless.

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