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  • How do I recover powder

    I would like to know what some of you are using to recover powder from over spray, and how to collect it and re enter it into my virgin powder.
    thanks Jeff
    Thier are only two real sports!
    boxing and auto racing
    all the rest are just games.

    Drive it like you stole it!

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    http://www.caswellplating.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=1326

    first of all..... welcome to the "club". The above link has a posting in it from yours truly about many Tips and Tricks. About half way down the page, you'll see some of the various methods to reclaiming powder for re-institution to your virgin materials. Just be sure when you reclaim, the powder that you've sprayed isn't mixed in with other coulours. Hope this helps.....and again, welcome to the forum..... Russ

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    • #3
      This is just my opinion, and not gospel, so take it for what it's worth. Powder is so cheap nowadays that unless you're doing commercial production work, it isn't worth trying to recover. Unless your conditions are perfect, you'll recover dust and other impurities with your powder, and contaminate your future projects. You might save $1 in recovered powder, but have dust particles (or worse) in your next project. Powder costs less than $10 per pound in most cases.

      Hemi-T

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      • #4
        I agree with hemi. I used to try and recover powder, it its really not worth it. The amount you waste on a hobby level is not nearly enough to hurt your pockets dollar wise.

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        • #5
          Don't waste your time reclaiming!! It will only cause you major headaches(the kind asprin won't fix)!! Instead spend the extra time on prepwork and it will pay off time and time again. If you are really wasting that much powder, practice application to cut down on waste.

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          • #6
            thank you

            Ihave yet to coat anything. I am just trying to get the equipment put together in my shop so that I can start practicing. I am restoring a vintage formula car and am planning on powder coating all the components. I saw some web pages that showed a powder recovery system but the pictures were not so great and the process was not explained very well. I think I will take the advice of not recovering at this point and see how it goes.

            how do I post pictures to this forum?

            Thanks again i really apreciate your helpful insight
            Jeff
            Thier are only two real sports!
            boxing and auto racing
            all the rest are just games.

            Drive it like you stole it!

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            • #7
              That is probally your best bet. Powder is very cheap, and its not worth the possible contamination. As fas as posting a pic, you need to put it on a website, like sony imagestation. Than hit the img button, paste the link to the picture than hit the img button again. Good luck.

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              • #8
                actually fellas, you are right. For all the common stuff... listen to what these guys say. Re-instituting a few ounces of reclaim into your virgin isn't really necessary unless you are on some extremely tight budget or you have no other choice and the part MUST get done. Personally.... I always look for an excuse to be lazy, so I wait for the new stuff myself,lol. However..... reclaim is a good thing to do when you get into the higher end or more expensive powders. I have no doubt some of you will be seeing these powders in the very near future and when you see the price on em, you WILL reconsider reclaiming as a viable option. Of course... with anything else, the price goes up, the stunning effects you achieve with them are out of this world.

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                • #9
                  something I just read up there in a post is sage advice for coaters and I just wanted to key you into the fact. Dale said "practice your application of powders". Never have words so true rung in my ears. As always Dale.... you hit the nail on the head. I've seen more powder wasted by people not taking thier time and trying to either rush,or quicken the pace on a job as opposed to taking your time and being careful doing what you are supposed to do. More powder blows by the part and it always comes out looking like garbage and has to be stripped (who wants to strip powder coating? not me, I'll tell you that much!) and coated again. Basically costing you twice as much as originally thought. In an industrial production sense... this is a nightmare to have happen to you.(hell hath no fury like your co-workers give you when YOU just created double the workload for them). On the hobbyist level.... you just wasted your day and you learned a lesson. And yes... I also agree, no amount of aspirin will help you at this point,lmao. Take your time, slow down... get it right the first time. You'll notice reclaim isn't really necessary for *most* powders and your part will look that much better for it in the longrun. Thanks again, Dale..... Russ

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                  • #10
                    Anyone come up with a good way to recover powder yet? Was just wondering since some of the powders from Tiger I was going to get were like $55-$70 for 2lbs. Kind of expensive to let it be floating off in the air.

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