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bmp51
11-10-2007, 01:50
Hey all,

I purchased a new dive flag\float and love the portability of this new sleek model... however one thing I donít particularly like is uncoated led weight... having a small kid, I try to limit led exposure by of course not letting my child play with any scuba gear, but to go a step further to protect myself, I tried this rubber coating stuff (Plasti Dip) from Lowes... it was about 5 bucks for a can (I chose dip instead of spray, I figured less coats)...

well I dipped it and wham! worked like a charm, gave it that nice professional look. I took it to one of our diving events, and showed some of my fellow divers, a few of them didnít believe I coated it at home.. its great stuff, and I have since used it to repair old Led weights that had chipped off their rubber coating... stuff is great...

One word of caution, if youíre not careful, you will be looking around your house to find things to coat!!! (very addictive!!)

Cheddarchick
11-10-2007, 06:05
How cool...I wonder if you can coat a pool noodle with it. I am trying to make a (?) for my camera rig. It is too heavy....

WV Diver
11-10-2007, 06:18
Sounds like a great item. I will have to keep that in mind. I don't have little kids and I use soft weights but we have a lot of uses at work. Thanks for the info.

paintsnow
11-10-2007, 13:59
im a witness and used to be a nonbeliever

it looked like the manufacture did it during production.

im probably going to get some just for kicks
:)

Soonerwink
11-10-2007, 15:28
Thats a great Idea, what colors does it come in? I use hard weights, and I always keep them stored so that my grandkids can't get to them.

NitroWill
11-10-2007, 15:56
Thats a great Idea, what colors does it come in? I use hard weights, and I always keep them stored so that my grandkids can't get to them.

Comes in Black, Red, Blue, Yellow, White -but a lot of stores just carry black

I just checked at lowes and it was just over $6 a can here. Kind of need at least two cans to do weights ( i empty them into a quart metal container)

JahJahwarrior
11-10-2007, 17:05
Not to be a jerk, but led exposure won't hurt your kids.


Lead exposure might, but not led.


(If you hadn't made the same error multiple times, I would chalk it up to a typo, and typos are fine, they happen. When you make it multiple times, I'm not sure if you know there is a difference, or how it should be spelled. In many places, led is used to mean L.E.D., which is an acronym for light emitting diode. It is therefore somewhat important to use the correct spelling, as there is a case for confusion. However, it's a good idea to coat your weights, and if I had kids, I'd probably coat mine too. I've used the stuff on tool handles and it's pretty cool....)

abcitydiver
11-11-2007, 02:05
heh! welcome to the world of "tool dip". and yes, its addictive :-)

Steve Scuba
11-11-2007, 09:36
Thats a great Idea, what colors does it come in? I use hard weights, and I always keep them stored so that my grandkids can't get to them.

That reminds me of the 5-pound lead pigs that my grandpa used to have laying around his shop. He used them to cast fishing weights and shotgun ammo. When I was a little tike, we used to play with them all the time cause to a five year old kid, something that small and yet so heavy is just plain fascinating.

Long story short, I know times have changed, and I applaud your efforts to keep your grandchildren out of harms way - without impugning my own grandpa of course, since these things weren't really all that big of a deal back then.

BuzzGA
11-11-2007, 11:50
We don't have a Lowes by the house but a quick search on the internet said they sell it at Home Depot and Wal-Mart. My wife is out of town for the weekend so I figure I can get most of the house dipped by the time she gets back

CompuDude
11-11-2007, 13:36
LOL

Tool dip is good stuff. Kudos for taking the extra step to keep lead contamination under control!

I buy all pre-coated weights, since it's more durable, but in situations like this where that's not an option, the tool dip is a great method of dealing with it.

drifter136
11-11-2007, 14:51
bmp51, would it be possible for you to post or link a picture of the finished weights? I'd like to see how it looks compared to the already coated weights.

It would also be pretty cool to use the different colors to color code the different weights.

NitroWill
11-11-2007, 15:35
bmp51, would it be possible for you to post or link a picture of the finished weights? I'd like to see how it looks compared to the already coated weights.

It would also be pretty cool to use the different colors to color code the different weights.

It does take a little practice and technique to get them looking good - but once you do they can look pretty decent! Id take some of mine - but no camera!

quasimoto
11-12-2007, 15:56
Ah yes the tool dip. I love that stuff!
The trick to getting a good job on the weights is that you need to be able to hang them to dry. I helped a friend of mine dip some of his and we drilled a small hole deep enough to catch a coat hanger in, angled really helps. Then we dipped and hung then. After the dip had dried enough we removed the hanger and added a drop where the hanger was.

Silverlode
11-12-2007, 17:16
bmp51, would it be possible for you to post or link a picture of the finished weights? I'd like to see how it looks compared to the already coated weights.

It would also be pretty cool to use the different colors to color code the different weights.

I second that. Would you be able to take a picture of the Plastic Dip as well? I'm going to have to try to look for it here in Australia.

CompuDude
11-12-2007, 18:48
Plasti Dip Consumer Products (http://www.plastidip.com/consumer/index.html)

Silverlode
11-12-2007, 18:50
Plasti Dip Consumer Products (http://www.plastidip.com/consumer/index.html)

Thanks Dude :)
I shall go look for them, or something similiar, hopefully they have it here, else might have to get ST to start carrying them ;)

CompuDude
11-12-2007, 18:53
Plasti Dip Consumer Products (http://www.plastidip.com/consumer/index.html)

Thanks Dude :)
I shall go look for them, or something similiar, hopefully they have it here, else might have to get ST to start carrying them ;)

Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/104-6323332-9035907?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=plasti-dip&x=0&y=0) carries a variety of different types... perhaps you can even find it locally, or on the local Amazon site?

Edit: Try this (http://www.plastidip.net.au/index.php?module=Website&action=Text&content=1189491919671-2250).

Silverlode
11-12-2007, 19:18
Plasti Dip Consumer Products (http://www.plastidip.com/consumer/index.html)

Thanks Dude :)
I shall go look for them, or something similiar, hopefully they have it here, else might have to get ST to start carrying them ;)

Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/104-6323332-9035907?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=plasti-dip&x=0&y=0) carries a variety of different types... perhaps you can even find it locally, or on the local Amazon site?

Edit: Try this (http://www.plastidip.net.au/index.php?module=Website&action=Text&content=1189491919671-2250).

Thanks lots! Now I just have to find something to dip into those stuff after I get it.... :D

quasimoto
11-13-2007, 15:51
Should we start an online forum for the addicted dipper? ADA..Addicted Dippers Anonymous.
I will go first...Hi, I'm Ana and I am addicted to dipping.

Cheddarchick
11-13-2007, 19:01
Funny girlfriend.....

kyfriedchipper
11-15-2007, 00:17
When I dip, you dip, we dip

mm2002
11-17-2007, 19:55
I've decided to dip all of the lead shot in our soft weight bags. I've been working for three days now and I'm about to finish the first 1 lb bag. Man this stuff is time consuming. I actually quit my job yesterday because I want to get all these done before next spring.

quasimoto
11-18-2007, 17:45
The newest PADI specialty....weight dipping specialist?

Cheddarchick
11-18-2007, 17:50
Just dip...dip it...take all your stuff and dip it.....(Michael Jackson song sung at top of your lungs after dipping for hours)

mm2002
11-18-2007, 18:04
Just dip...dip it...take all your stuff and dip it.....(Michael Jackson song sung at top of your lungs after dipping for hours)

Oh yeah, thanks a lot Cheddarchick. Now that song is gonna be in my head for days. :smiley29:

quasimoto
11-18-2007, 18:22
Or would that be Weird Al singing it?
If you are heavy set then are you a chunky dunker? Tall and skinny..skinny dipper?

Cheddarchick
11-18-2007, 18:59
I vote for Wierd Al, and sorry about stuck in head song....LOL

quasimoto
11-19-2007, 20:33
I am surprised that SOMEBODY hasn't asked who weird all is. BTW Cheddarchick, we are showing our age. :D

Cheddarchick
11-20-2007, 04:56
Sad isn't it.....Wouldn't change things for the world....

Hollywood703
11-20-2007, 08:16
Anyone know the bouyancy characteristics of this stuff? I would imagine it is probably positive, Im just curious how positive.

Cheddarchick
11-20-2007, 08:18
Ohhh Good question.....I wonder if I can make my camera rig more bouyant with it????

CompuDude
11-20-2007, 12:42
Ohhh Good question.....I wonder if I can make my camera rig more bouyant with it????

Possibly, but trapping salt water isn't going to hurt solid lead. It may lead to damage for other materials, however.

Cheddarchick
11-20-2007, 14:27
yup....Back to the pool noodle

quasimoto
11-20-2007, 19:32
Just dip your whole rig and forget about it Cheddarchick! :D Of course leave a clean spot on the front for the camera to "see out of. "

Cheddarchick
11-20-2007, 19:48
So Qausi what you're saying is that you are so addicted to the "dip", you are willing to never change a battery again????? And throw away the camera rig after 2 dives, cuz the juice ran out????? Only to dip again on a different one?????

quasimoto
11-20-2007, 20:15
You only live once..or so they say, and it is only money!! Ok maybe there should be a solar charger inside with a window for the sunlight.
Boy this is really starting to get depressing. First it was the the whole rig minus the lens window and now it has another one someplace else...sigh. Well, off to my DA meeting. :D

Edited....just thought of another idea. Dip the rig and then when the batteries run down just peal the dip coating off, change batteries and redip!!! NOW WHERE TALKIN!!