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  • quadster
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    The fish heaters will work if they dont have a thermostat.I found a couple on e bay for like 5$ each,then shipping costs and my time to take them apart without breaking them to remove the thermos. Easier and cheaper to buy the 300watt ceramics.

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  • destroyer125
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    that isnt an option for most of the parts im doing, but when I do some smaller parts I might try that, I might also do some test pieces that way

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  • rclint
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    I have been doing a lot of small parts, so I use the rubber made small food stoarge containers (cheap 4 packs like you tak eto work and eat out of) I nuke them in the microwave till I get 140*. It takes about 3 minutes on most of them, I also have some larger ones that may take 6 minutes

    Saves a lot of time and power compared to other heating methods, not messy, and so far I have not seen any harm to the dye using the nuker

    Clint

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  • destroyer125
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    would 300w fishtank heaters work....I found some local

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  • sswee
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    No, the fish tank heaters don't get hot enough. The cheap and easy is either Caswell 300W heater and thermostat (best) or a large stainless stew pot from the dollar store and a cheap hot plate (will work). The low setting on most hot plates is around 140*.
    SS
    Last edited by sswee; 04-22-2006, 07:15 PM.

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  • quadster
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    I have tried a couple glass fish heaters(after taking apart and removing the thermo). They work good but they break easy,especially with radical temp changes.For 13$ apiece, the caswell 300watt were the better deal.I'll be getting a couple more!

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  • destroyer125
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    I will work on getting some decent fishtank heaters to help the dye, will that heat the dye to the needed temperature

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  • acidrain
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    You absolutly have to heat your dyes to 140F... both for good penetration, and to fully disolve into the water.

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  • sswee
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    It's a good possibility that could cause some problems. When you mixed the dye, did you heat your distilled water to 180*(I think is what it says,I'd have to check) and add the dye to make sure it dissolved good.
    I have always heated my dyes to 140* and not had any problems as long as the coating was right.
    SS

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  • destroyer125
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    currently I run all my dyes at room temperature and havent had a prob til now

    Also a correction I have green dye SNG (the irish lookin one) not the AEN and fast Blue
    Last edited by destroyer125; 04-22-2006, 03:05 AM.

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  • sswee
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    What temp are you running your dye tanks at?
    SS

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  • destroyer125
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    green and blue dye probs

    I recently purchased blue A4 dye and green AEN I believe, first time ive used these colors, I annodize long enough and at the right amps to get a jet black finish but when I try parts in the green and Blue I have I cant get them in a deeper colour, Would my dye tanks temperature have anything to do with this?
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