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Thread: Fluid bed powder coat chamber

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    Boolit Bub
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    Fluid bed powder coat chamber

    I've been powder coating bullets for years using the shake and bake method. However a buddy of mine showed me how he powder coats fishing lures using a fluid bed chamber to get an incredibly even thin coat of paint prior to baking in a toaster oven. His chamber is simple, but only a 3" diameter PVC tube with air pumped to to "fluidize" the powder. I'm thinking about trying this for boolits. Has anybody tried this? It seems common place for lure makers.

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    There's a long thread on fluid bed testing.

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...ighlight=fluid
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    Thanks. I used the search feature and didn't come up with that method.

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    I've coated thousands of lures and jig heads using a fluid bed.

    1. It's not that thin of a coating
    2. You first have to heat the boolits
    3. You need some method to hold the hot boolits while you dip them and that will leave marks

    Lures/jigs have a eye or wire to hold.

    If you want a even and thin PC coat get an electrostatic gun.
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    Thanks for the advice.

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    I have use a fluidized bed on cold bullets using a 9 V powered ionizer. If I turn the air up just a little, I get a dust cloud about 3/4 in deep above the bed. I put the white outlet wire inside bed and ground the tweezers holding the bullet. A complete but thin coat of the dust will stick to bullet. The charge is high because you don't loose any powder when placing on tray in oven. It is also a good way to coat jigs as long as you use forceps clamping around eyelet.

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