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    using the shake and bake method to PC gun parts

    Am awaiting some powder, and my gaze went to a slightly battered trigger guard and tang , from a nameless s/s .22 bolt action
    instead of hours of sanding, cold/hot blue, I was just thinking... yup, even have a light bulb go off over my head.
    I may coat, hang by wire in the oven ( use a a screw hole to avoid major marring of surfaces) and give it a whirl.

    Till then, any inputs appreciated
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    It can work. I have had mixed results.

    ESPC. Is the best way to go.

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    I made a steel bracket to mount an led back up light on top of my 3rd brake light on the jeep. Stuck it in the tumbler and let it tumble for about an hour and then baked it. Came out as nice as a store bought bracket would look.
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    Thanks, Fellas.
    Will give it a go once I start...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd Smale View Post
    I made a steel bracket to mount an led back up light on top of my 3rd brake light on the jeep. Stuck it in the tumbler and let it tumble for about an hour and then baked it. Came out as nice as a store bought bracket would look.
    There you go Lloyd. Now you can come out of retirement and market them.

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    that would be work my friend not fun. I swore off work 9 years ago!
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    I've thought the same and tried a couple times. Shake and bake doesn't work very well for me on some of the parts I've tried. Once I have a bigger oven will break the gun back out and spray. Shake and Bake IS working great for the bullets. ( Bigger oven means I can get a decent size cookie sheet. That way I can have hundreds of .223 bullets tip over at once instead of only 150ish.)

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    Some items can be coated using the shake & bake with some powders; not all powders will work, just as some items will not generate enough of a static charge to hold the powder.
    The reason shake & bake works so easily with bullets is lead is an unusual metal in that it readily accepts and holds a charge. If you want to coat other items the best way to go is with a gun. The Eastwood Dual Voltage gun is the best I have found for the money.

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    Fellas I should have been more explicit. Meant HiTek. Not powder coat.
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    I thought hitek was powder coat
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    Lloyd, the Hitek stuff is a solution, not a powder. I like them both.

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    isn't it a solution made from the same powder?
    Quote Originally Posted by sparky45 View Post
    Lloyd, the Hitek stuff is a solution, not a powder. I like them both.
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    It is an epoxy or some sort of chemical powder. You can buy the powder and add acetone or buy it premixed. It is not powder coating and does not significantly increase bullet diameter in the same way powder coating dose. It cannot be applied dry. Most do a couple coats and it works well with dumping on wire mesh and baking it. Similar process to PC.
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    didn't know that. I thought guys were just liquefying pc.
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    Hi Tek will not stop PC
    PC will not stop Hi Tek
    People will continue to tumble lube and use lube-sizers
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    I seem to have done ok on the actual coating of cast projectiles. As posted in another thread. Will have a crack at some 0.285" 175gr RCBS to add to the learning curve and while at it, may try a 20 cent coin...
    "...Some days its rocket science, and some days it just zinc..."

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