QUESTION: Coatings for lead fishing and diving weights,
27 Mar 2006, Cyprus
Dear sir ,
I'm looking for the powder that i have to use in order to make my fishing and diving weights coated.
As far as i know i have to insert the weights as they are still hot to a certain type of plastic or dry epoxy powder. Can you please advise any suitable products for such applications? If yes how can I purchase them?
ANSWER: 27 Apr 2006
I forwarded your questions to an environmentally-aware fishing supplier here in Australia and they have provided the following answers (please see forwarded email below).
Dulux an Australian manufacturer of "powder coatings" maintains the following FAQ page http://www.dulux.com.au/specifier/our-brands/dulux-powder-coatings it should answer any questions you may have about powder coating.
I would suggest that Nicolas either contact a local company about having his lead weights powder coated or look for one of the following do-it-yourself products (listed below) that should be available at a local hardware store.
There are several alternative types of products that could be used to coat a lead based sinker, these are; epoxy, chlorinated rubber, acrylic and polyurethane products. These products should be available at most hardware stores, they are applied cold and the local re-seller should be able to give you instructions on how to use the particular product.
PLEASE NOTE: none of these products will provide complete protection from damaging effects of lead, Aquarium Monsters recommend the use of alternative materials to create, fishing sinkers and diving weights. www.AquariumMonsters.com.au offers a range of lead free fishing sinkers for sale online. Speak to your local dive store about diving weights made from alternative materials such as iron or tungsten.
Best of luck with all your aquarium monsters,
Update 2012: Vinyl coated diving weights
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