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    powder coating question

    i can't get the darn powder to stick to the cast bullets for squat. i've tried #2 recycle, #5 and #1. The only way i've been able to get them to stick is to preheat the bullets in the oven but that makes them get too much coating and i have to RAM it thru the resizer.

    I really want powder lube to work but fear i might have to stick w/ liquid alox or w/e.. anyone have tips/tricks/info on powder coating before i give it up?

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    What powder? Are the bullets clean? # 5 works the best IMO. Is it hot and humid? Lots of things need to be answered.

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    Also, did you read thru the PC thread at all?

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    Are you using BB's? Pictures would help us see what might be happening.

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    I never used BBs and get perfect results. Preheat only like 4 min at 150 degrees or whatever lowest you got, also depends on amount of bullets. Elvis Ammo has good videos on youtube. You also need to make sure your bullets and powder is not contaminated.

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    In the vendor sponsor section, under smoke4320, is all the information you need. First page.

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    Some powders coat thicker than others. For the powders that coat tick (Ford Light Blue etc) I use a 2 to one cut with harbor freight powder (Usually white or red). This gives me a nice thin coat on my bullets.

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    There are many factors involved that CAN cause you to have hard to stick powder. The easiest CURE for the problem is to use Smoke's powder. Night and day difference between Smokes and HF.
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    Preheating doesnt take that long. They only need to be warm, bit not hot to hold. I normally set the bullets ontop of the toaster over to pre warm.

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    Yes, Elvis Ammo AND Fortinecookie45LC on YouTube are both very knowledgeable. Of course there is a wealth of info here too! I started using "Eastwood" powder a lot more-way better quality than HF

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    It sounds like you have a humadity problem. The powder sticks to the boolits via static electricity. To humid no static.

    You can try the black bbs. Or try for a powder coating gun.

    I live in northern utah so very dry and i have no issues.

    Try using a hair dryer on the bullets ral quick again. Remove moisture in the air.

    See if that dose the trick.

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    I use a heat gun instead of a hair dryer.
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    If you go electrostatic, perfect boolits are automatic. haha. (spray em!)
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    Have any of you tried black pony beads? I bought some instead of black bb's cuz they are way cheap. They seem to work great. I use them all the time now. They make a noticeable difference when it is humid out. I bought a pack of them big enough for a big batch of boolits for under $2 at the local craft store.
    But again, when I use Smoke's (probably similar to Eastwood) powder they coat well no matter what the humidity.
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    i have HF Red powder, but no idea if it's contaminated or not. agreed, elvis ammo and fortunecookie are both great channels.

    it might be a humidity issue... not sure. i've tried airsoft BBs (not black ones though... mine are "zombie" white and grey). my toaster oven's lowest NUMBERED value is 250.

    I'll try again this afternoon and see what i can get.. or pictures etc etc.

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