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    Plasti-Dip for Clamp Handles

    I have posted this before. I got a new can of Plasti-Dip and was going through the process to dip some clamp handles and thought I would share how I do it. I put a 45* V bit in the table, set the fence for half the diameter of the handle to be grooved, add a stop so things stay neat and slid the handle through at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock.

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    I lightly wipe the handles with Naphtha or alcohol just before I dip them to remove any oils that might be on them. I have tried other variations including no-grooves. The grooves really help with control on the smaller clamps (I notice this most when I have a non-grooved clamp in the batch I am currently twisting on) which are usually doing more delicate things. I plan to do the larger clamps I have that do not lend themselves to other methods I have used. Here's an old one:

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    The following pics are of clamps that were done 1 and 2 years ago. None have failed (even a little) including some of the ones where you can see I did not get it on very thick. Surprisingly resilient.

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 01-28-2013 at 02:46 AM.
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    Glenn, thanks for that. I'll have to look for a can of plasti dip and give that a try.

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    Looks good! I like the hockey tape version myself, cheaper I bet too, plus I don't think I can get that plastidip stuff over here, or at least I've never seen it.
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    A Canadian who likes hockey tape!?! I'm shocked .
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    Here's some from the last batch:

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    I dipped some so-so quality knobs and push stick too:

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    Don't forget to refresh those jointer push-pads as long as I'm at it:

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 01-31-2013 at 02:09 AM.
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    Thanks for the reminder on the Plastidip Glenn. The spring clamps I won from Bessy this past Christmas don't have plastic covered handles so gripping them was kind of difficult. They must be made for welders. I picked up a can of Plastidip yesterday at Lowes. I'll drill a couple of holes in the handles today and dip them

    Neat idea for the push pads too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    .... and here I thought Styling Gel was an 80's thing.....
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