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Ian

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Mine has layers, including the floors. It's often a challenge to find a spot to set down a cup of coffee.
 

Brad

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My wife just told me she has seen “puke piles more organized”.

I think she was sugar coating it.
 

fiver

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I'm okay with clutter but it better be 'organized clutter'.
as in everything on that bench better be for doing the same thing.
 

Spindrift

Active Member
Mine has layers, including the floors. It's often a challenge to find a spot to set down a cup of coffee.
The trick is to organize the pile of stuff so everything is on top. You know, where it is easily spotted when you need it.

Good luck on your powder coating, Bill! I coated lots of bullets this winter, no problems. This spring and summer, though, has been unusually humid. These days, I have to do two coats to get reasonable coverage. Might try another powder.
 

Pistolero

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I'll run the AC for a while in my shop before I try to do the coating process. Definitely humid in there
today, and hot. Started the AC but it hadn't time to make much of a dent before I was done, but all
sweaty. I'll put on the AC and let it sit for a while.

I think I'll try the poppin silver from Eastwood first.

Yeah, sounds like may be my shop arrangement approach isn't unique. :):rolleyes:

I think you put your finger on it, Ian, too many projects going at the same time. Lots of half done
stuff sitting around.

Bill
 

Pistolero

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Well, after repairing a bad wire in my ancient toaster oven (bought it in 1969 for college), and verifying
that I could get the temps needed and that the PID was OK with it, I dumped some powder into a Betty
Crocker frosting container and about 45 count of Lee 125 LBT style .38s. Swirled, shook, tumbled, rolled,
gently and not gently, looking several times. I was not impressed with the uniformity of the coating. It
rained this AM, I ran the AC in the shop for a few hours in advance and had not opened the powder until
just before use. Baked 400F for 20 min, as per Eastwood recommendation. Not impressed with the results
as far as appearance. They probably are usable, enough coating to act as lube.

Need to get some airsoft BBs to add. Also, maybe do the application in the house, which has been
dehumidifying for the whole summer, not the humid shop, only on AC for a few hours.

Bleah. :confused:

Some of the splotchiness is the nature of the poppin silver which is silver and black, but a lot of it
is bad coverage. Even with perfect coverage, the two colors are blended, zones of black and silver.

The good news is that I haven't used the cane today, been walking back and forth between shop and
house, really feeling very stable today, very comfortable walking, no sense of less than normal stability.
Still sore, hurt like heck last night after my home PT workout, finally had to try some tramadol this AM..:sigh:
Went back to tylenol at lunch. :)

Bill

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Ian

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Most of those are plenty good enough for pistols. You could pick up some "pony beads" at the craft store for cheap, that's what Reloder762 uses and his bullets come out looking great and shoot great.
 

freebullet

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If them bullets been cast a while ago, rinse them in volatile solvent before coating. Helped with complete coverage for me. Those should shoot fine, in fact a speckled incomplete coating worked fine in 9mm for us.
 

Reloader762

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I received my Popping Silver Vein this week and went out to coat some bullets last night after work but to my surprise I had no bullets to coat as they were all already coated. So I'm going to have to cast up some maybe this weekend which I need to do anyway an see how they turn out using the new powder.

The humidity is pretty bad here in North Carolina this time of year and I don't have AC in my out building where I do my reloading and coating so I'll probably just coat in the house and set my convection oven up out on the back porch, that seem to work better until fall when the air dries up around here.

I stand all my bullets up on their bases pistol and rifle on non-stick foil or parchment paper it's just how I've always done it an I don't mind the extra time. Honestly there is no extra time involved except doing the first batch as I can have my other tray of bullets ready to go into the over before the first batch is cured.
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waco

Springfield, Oregon
Bill. In case you are interested, Smoke420 on the other site sells the 25gram black air soft bb's for $4 per 1K
 

Brad

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Bill, try a larger container too. Frosting container doesn’t allow for the motion needed in my opinion.
I would also cook for longer than 20 min, I go a full 30. They need 20 min after the substrate is fully at temp and the powder begins to flow. Word is that undercooked, and therefore under cured powercoat, tends to leave a nasty residue in the bore.

My first attempts looked like crap too.
 

Pistolero

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I have bigger containers, will get some beads. Bullets are months old, but have been in a tin
container with the lid on the whole time.

Bill
 

358156 hp

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I received my Popping Silver Vein this week and went out to coat some bullets last night after work but to my surprise I had no bullets to coat as they were all already coated. So I'm going to have to cast up some maybe this weekend which I need to do anyway an see how they turn out using the new powder.

The humidity is pretty bad here in North Carolina this time of year and I don't have AC in my out building where I do my reloading and coating so I'll probably just coat in the house and set my convection oven up out on the back porch, that seem to work better until fall when the air dries up around here.

I stand all my bullets up on their bases pistol and rifle on non-stick foil or parchment paper it's just how I've always done it an I don't mind the extra time. Honestly there is no extra time involved except doing the first batch as I can have my other tray of bullets ready to go into the over before the first batch is cured.
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Tomme boy

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I use a pickle container from Aldi's. It locks on really tight. It is only a qt size but that is all I need for a tray to go in the oven. And I use a SS strainer from Walmart to sift the powder out. I don't use the beads anymore after I got rid of the HF RED powder. Even with the beads it never would stick very well. Had to do several coats. Now after getting powder from Smoke, I can't believe I never got it sooner.