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Old 01-08-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default Powder Coating jig head tricks?

So I've been doing some powder coating of some lead head jig heads and I seem to keep having problems powder coating the heads without also accidentally coating the eyes. Are there any tricks people would share that I could try in order to keep the eyes clear? I tried inserting a small toothpick into the eye to keep it clear last time and it sorta worked but wanted to know if there was a better method?

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Old 01-08-2012, 03:50 PM   #2
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Try using a fluid bed for powder paint, you can go on YouTube and search " How to build a fluid bed for powder coating".
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:01 PM   #3
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what I do is clean out the eye with a razor blade after dipping in powder and cooled down. Before curing in oven. Use the kind of razor blade you would use for utility knife.
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:23 PM   #4
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I built my own powder bed. pretty easy. get a 3 inch pvc coupling and tape a piece of cardboard to one end. Buy a big Aquarium bubbler and pipe it in the bottom. Done deal at about 20 bucks.
but the inserts that hold the powder are a bit more challenging.



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After you powder coat it, and before you bake it, just poke out the excess powder. It will usually bake it with out covering it back up.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:06 PM   #6
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After you powder coat it, and before you bake it, just poke out the excess powder. It will usually bake it with out covering it back up.
Same here. I dip all of mine and set them aside. Once I'm done with the first phase I take some pliers, grab the eye of the hook and rotate it a couple times, this will break free all the pre-cooked powder and you just blow it off. After you've cleaned all the eyes, then you bake.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:41 PM   #7
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Try using a fly tying bodkin, (needle), or a hat pin. Right after you dip the head, check the eye. If its clogged, Just push the needle through and hold it for a moment while the paint dries on the needle.Pull the needle back out. The dried paint will come off the needle as you withdraw it and it will lightly stick to the eye. However, it has cooled and dried. You will be able to easily pick it off the jig. You will have a nice, smooth eye with no sharp, chipped paint.
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:39 AM   #8
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How about NOT dipping the eye? Always worked for me.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:02 AM   #9
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How about NOT dipping the eye? Always worked for me.
That's how I do it.
I know there are multiple ways to powder coat jigheads but what I do is use an imbossing gun. I get the jig hot then dip the jig head without getting powder on the eye. Then heat the head again repeating the process until I have a good coat that I'm satisfied with. Then into a toaster oven to finish.
Because an imbossing gun uses heat and air you need to experience the correct distance & heat settings to get it right.
The imbossing gun used plus a used toaster oven was less than $10
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:14 AM   #10
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I started out using the burner on the stove and the oven. (Anyone get their jig head too hot and lose the lead on the dip? )

Now I'm on to candles to heat the jigs but was thinking about pre heating all the jigs in the oven - remove, dip, clean, replace, repeat.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:21 AM   #11
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Fluid bed definitely works the best. A couple of little tricks. Hold the hook in a pair of pliers by the eye when heating. The pliers act as a heat sink and keep the eye from getting hot enough to melt the powder coat when dipping, so it doesn't stick. Give it a little tap on the edge of the powder coat bottle (or fluid bed) which should knock most of the paint off the eye. Once cured, the paint in the eye is very tough BUT, if you do end up with the eye plugged with paint after curing, straighten a paper clip, heat the end red hot and poke it through the eye, will melt the coating without leaving sharp edges.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:43 AM   #12
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What I do is use small piece of foil covering the eyes. It is a lot of work, but I think it is worth it having clean eyes.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:48 AM   #13
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I use a larger sized paper clip straightened out on one leg. Immediately after I dip the jig I punch it out with the paper clip. If you decrease your heating time to 6 seconds for an 1/8 ounce jig the eyes stay relatively clear for colors like black, red and white and have a decent coat. However, some colors like pink need a thicker coat so I do 8 to 9 seconds and use a paperclip.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:40 PM   #14
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I use a heat gun...works great..and ven 1/2oz jig is heated fine in six seconds.

Hemostat the eye while heating...or just prior to dipping. Blocks the powder from the eye.

I just dip by the hook and then use a regular jig eye cleaner. Then after I get all the jigs painted up I just clean them prior to the toaster oven.

The only way to paint jigs...have some the jig head face is beat almost flat from rocks...still painted just fine. All commercials I have tried seldom last a day without chipping.
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