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    Mold Shipping - Do's & Don'ts

    Please do not just throw a mold unsecured in a box loose.the cavity soon become separate beat on each other and damage the mold.a simple rubber band will suffice.

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    Zip ties work as well...
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    I was told long ago, to always store a mold with a slug in the blocks and handles taped or rubber banded together.

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    Plus lots and lots of packing!!

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    The "slug in the blocks" really does not help much to prevent corrosion of "casting clean" Iron moulds during long term storage, and the several molds I have received with SPRUES ON SLUGS IN BLOCKS COLD AND NOT CUT OFF! have been a pain to deal with.

    Just spray any EMPTY steel/Iron mold parts with Boeshield or a similar high quality preservative, I would far rather CLEAN a mold than remove rust from one, especially in the cavities.

    But the rest is all good! I, too, have opened a box from another member here to find a couple of loose mold halves that bounced around for God knows how many miles, requiring a careful stoning before they would even close up tight again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbashooter View Post
    Please do not just throw a mold unsecured in a box loose.the cavity soon become separate beat on each other and damage the mold.a simple rubber band will suffice.

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    A rubber band will not suffice. They frequently break before the trip ends.
    Use a nylon tie-wrap (zip tie!) or tape.
    I like to Saran Wrap and then tape.

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    I zip tie and then set in Styrofoam so they are not going anywhere. Use sfrb.
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    Every mold I have purchased new from the vendors on here that make molds for a living all use heavy rubber bands. No problems on this end. All arrived in perfect condition in a small cardboard box in a USPS Priority mail envelope. MIHec packs his in newspaper for the trip across the pond. Makes interesting reading!!!!!!!

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    You're correct a red rubber band like the goes around the thin newspapers or not suffice thick rubber bands I have never had break.
    I also wrap them with saran wrap afterwards for safety as well.
    I guess basically anything you can do to ensure that the mold cavity stay tight is all that needs to be done. Personally I have used electrical tape many times but some have not liked it because they say occasionally it will leave agree coating on the outside of the mold.
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    Buy a bicycle inner tube and make your own "rubber bands". Very sturdy and last a long time.
    Erik taught me that one.

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    Erik at hollow point mold service uses those.I'd forgotten. Good tip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncbearman View Post
    Buy a bicycle inner tube and make your own "rubber bands". Very sturdy and last a long time.

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    Beat me to it.... I also cut some styrofoam into thin sheets and slide them between the mold faces then wrap it with the innertube and package with lots of bubble wrap and peanuts/paperballs to fill dead space in the box. The biggest thing ive noticed is try to keep the mold from moving while its inside the box.

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    I use 14ga household electrical wire from leftover wiring projects. Works great for storage too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbashooter View Post
    Erik at hollow point mold service uses those.I'd forgotten. Good tip.
    haha Thats where I got it from. Forgot to give him credit. Works great.



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    Kinda like dropping a set of 4 carbide reloading dies in a small flat rate box with nothing else....

    dissapointing when you take the box out of the mailbox and it rattles like marbles.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cheese1566 View Post
    Kinda like dropping a set of 4 carbide reloading dies in a small flat rate box with nothing else....

    dissapointing when you take the box out of the mailbox and it rattles like marbles.

    Yeah digging through the abundant packing material to find your surprise inside is half the fun! NOE has a heavy rubber band, fitted box and boxes are inside USPS box with packing paper.
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    I disassemble the mould ... sprue plate, and all, then place all parts in a seal-a meal bag with no two items touching.
    Vacuum out that package, drop it in a Small Flat Rate Box with some 'tiny bubble wrap', and all is as safe as you can make it.
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    Those big rubber bands they use to wrap broccoli bunches together, work very well too!

    They dont break down over time as fast. They are thick and strong. I use them for money wrap too instead of a clip.

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    Hair ties like people use for pony tails, work great, Happy Tails

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    vacuum seal it in a bag and tape the heck out of it to the bottom of a sfrb and then pack around it.
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