DIY fluid bed?
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Posted 27 December 2003 - 10:31 AM
I saw the other past on this but, does anyone have plans/instructions to make their own Fluid bed for powder paint? I haven't seen one up close, but they just look like a chamber to allow air through the bottom of the paint. Seems like you could just rig up an air chamber and create your own size one. I was thinking that a coffee filter may even work as the membrane for air to pass through.
I'm just curious if anyone has tried this.
Posted 28 December 2003 - 05:45 AM
I would seriously like to build my own fluid bed. I think it would need to be about 4in x 18in and 3in deep. I will not be doing jigheads any smaller than 1/8 oz. and no larger than 7/8 oz. Not unless i need to do some of the 1 1/2 oz. Do-It Style"9"Shad Head Jigs.
If im not mistaken the amount of paint only needs to be deep enought to cover the collar of the jig. So if i have a fluid bed that is actually capable of holding 3 inches of powder would it still be okay if i only use two inches of powder paint.
What about the powder settling into and "clogging" the pourous material in the bottom of the fluid bed. Cavu is experiencing this type of problem. One solution he came up with was to try and use compressed air and blow the powder back out of the material. He commented that he would report back and let us know how it worked once he tried it.
Posted 13 January 2004 - 08:55 PM
I think that 2 inches would be sufficient, what I did at first is turn on the air, and then pour in my powder, this way you won't get too much. If you have to get three inches of coverage depth wise, you should make your bed atleast 4 inches depth to avoid spillage.
I think that itf you bought the screens that they were talking about in the other fluid bed forum page 2, you could cut one in half, and put the 2 together, you would have a great size for doing a couple of rows of big jigs, 3 of small.
Posted 13 January 2004 - 10:07 PM
I finally got all my material together to make me a fluid bed approx. 10"x10". When I get it together I will send some pics. Found a vibrator motor I am going to try and see if it works.
Posted 14 January 2007 - 12:40 PM
Wasn't there some pics/formula posted on here for a single dip bed? I had some 4" PVC and made a bed in about 10 minutes. Problem was, the pump for a 30 gallon tank did not produce enough pressure to float the powder. I dialed down my compressor and got some better results, but wouold still like to get a formula from one of you...PLEASE?
Posted 20 January 2007 - 01:41 PM
I just made my first fluid bed out of 3'' pvc my question is did I buy a big enough pump or should I go bigger? I got the Elite 799 it is for 5 gallon aquariums.
Posted 20 January 2007 - 06:35 PM
Mine is the elite 801. I'm not sure how big of a tank mine is for. Anyone of them should work.
Posted 20 January 2007 - 07:20 PM
I want to thank donkjc2 with all your help on the fluid bed building process. It took me awhile to get it. I guess ( I`m thick headed at times)
I`m going to build my own fluid bed tomorrow. Only one more question, How big does the lexan have to be ?
I see in your pictures it sticks way out past the fluid bed.
Posted 21 January 2007 - 08:17 AM
Your very welcome. Thats what this site is all about, helping each other out. As for the lexan, it could be any size you want. That was just a piece I had lying around. I was in a hurry to try mine out so I just used what I had handy.
Posted 26 January 2007 - 09:05 PM
component paint systems has the membrain filters that is where i got mine i i uesd 3 inch pvc pipe and pvc flat end cap i drilled small hole on side of end cap for airline
Posted 05 February 2007 - 08:30 PM
What is the material in the bottom of the fluid bed and where can you get it
Posted 05 February 2007 - 10:11 PM
gfpsr hi spinnerman you can get the material from component paint.com the also sell the cups with the waffers in then are buy the waffers seperate.i think the cups sell for $12 apeace
Posted 06 March 2007 - 10:52 PM
man what a site this is I have only been here a few days and have learned so many things!!! I really like the way everyone is so helpful and willing to share their info with everyone. This is really a breath of fresh air in todays world. I am "hooked" on this site for sure. Thanks to everyone that has answered my questions and to all those that will be answering all my stupid questions.
Posted 20 April 2007 - 11:22 AM
gfpsr hi spinnerman you can get the material from component paint.com the also sell the cups with the waffers in then are buy the waffers seperate.i think the cups sell for $12 apeace hey guys i cant find these anywhere could you post the link please? thank you.
Posted 03 May 2007 - 08:07 PM
DONCJC2 I tried your link for your site to look at your pictures of your fluid bed. Could not get into site. I am interested in trying this. I usually dip my jigs. However I have come into some powder paint recently and I think this would be the way to go. Could you please e-mail me those pics firstname.lastname@example.org Thankswww.email@example.com
Posted 10 June 2007 - 11:47 AM
Hello all. New guy here. Thoroughly fascinated with eventually making a fluid bed myself. How is the "membrane" retained on the bottom of the paint cup?
The link to rock bottom lures is dead. Are there any pictures/plans anywhere else?
Posted 10 June 2007 - 01:20 PM
Go and get a short peace of 2" abs pipe, one 2" coupling and one 2" test cap, and abs glue and 1/4 water valve. cut the pipe one 4" long and one 1/2" long. glue the short peace in the coupling and glue the test cap to that so one side is closed. drill a 1/4" hole in the bottom side next to the closed side and screw the 1/4" valve in the hole it will thread its self. for the filter take a brown bag 2"x4"x8" used for a sack lunch. put it on top of the coupling and push the pipe in holding the bag in place. add your air supply to the 1/4" fitting and turn it on with powder in it. Only about 1/2 the cup it will add volume with air. It will take practice to get air adjusted might make a mess your first time but live and learn. good luck!!!
Posted 10 June 2007 - 01:56 PM
Thanks a lot! One question, regarding the paper bag. Do I cut a square out of it or simply place the whole bag over the coupling. Won't the bottom of the bag where all the glued flaps are interfere with air flow? I'm also assuming you trim away the excess bag material. Sorry, just trying to visualize this.
I'm assuming ABS is a better material to use than PVC. I know ABS fittings tend to "Dry fit" into each other better at any rate.
What size aquarium pump have you guys settled on for a fluid bed this size?
Thanks very much for your time and valuable info on this.