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Offline matt

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fluxing lead
« on: 01/28/13 22:12 UTC »
what is the right way to flux dirty lead
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Re: fluxing lead
« Reply #1 on: 01/29/13 05:09 UTC »
a piece of wax into the molten lead keep your face and body away from the pot as the wax will ignite stir until flames are out and skim the dross off the top with a fork or spoon. there are other materials that can be used for flux but the wax seems to do just fine, do a search on YouTube lots of Good stuff on the subject there.

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« Reply #2 on: 01/29/13 09:19 UTC »
This is the stuff I use:  http://www.barlowstackle.com/Clean-Cast-Lead-Fluxing-Compound--P360.aspx

It works great.  You just melt the lead add a little flux.  Slowly stir and spoon out the crud.  Depending on how clean the lead is you may have to repeat.

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« Reply #3 on: 01/29/13 10:19 UTC »
I also use wax.  But it has to be one type to work best. I can't remember what that is.    Check out tu   They have some good info on there about flux.   But yes be careful it will catch fire. But that is what it should do. They say the flames draw the junk up.  If it don't flame take a LONG lighter and get it going. 

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« Reply #4 on: 01/29/13 11:05 UTC »
I used the wax too at first.  For 12.99 the can flux material is better.  I had some wax create a small kaboom and that was the end of that. 

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Re: fluxing lead
« Reply #5 on: 01/29/13 19:47 UTC »
Agreed with most here.  I use my wife's used up candles.  If you use wax, be sure you use a real small size (I stick to about a pea size to be safe) or you will get flames.  I won't repeat what others have said regarding the smoke, etc.

I WILL however, admit the fact I LOVE how the shop smells when I flux.  It gives me motivation to flux often!  One day it may be 40 degrees outside, but the shop smells like "Tropical breeze" or some sort based on what candle remnants my wife has given me.  I'll take that!

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« Reply #6 on: 01/29/13 19:50 UTC »
...and Justin- I believe you are talking about Paraffin wax.

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Re: fluxing lead
« Reply #7 on: 01/29/13 22:13 UTC »
Someone tells me to use saw dust is the best but :o :o :o
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Re: fluxing lead
« Reply #8 on: 01/29/13 23:06 UTC »
Frankford Arsenal CleanCast Lead Fluxing Compound is what I use when I need to flux.  MidwayUSA is where I purchased mine; but Do-it also sales it, as do a number of other places.

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« Reply #9 on: 01/30/13 00:36 UTC »
Thanks Shawn.

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Re: fluxing lead
« Reply #10 on: 02/06/13 20:06 UTC »
The coolest trick someone told me was to take a paper clip and shove it up into the spout.  OK, everyone knows that.  The cool part is to pull it out, jam it into some wax and immediately stick it back up in there.  It fluxes inside there.  It fixes the dribbles, splatters, sideways pours and slow flow every time.

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Re: fluxing lead
« Reply #11 on: 02/06/13 20:09 UTC »
Nice tip Jeff...  ;)
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« Reply #12 on: 02/06/13 20:30 UTC »
Thanks Jeff. Never thought of that

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Re: fluxing lead
« Reply #13 on: 02/20/13 19:24 UTC »
I use the small "emergency candles".  Any color or scent will leave more trash.  Remove the foil cup and the wick and drop 1 whole candle on top of Your lead melt.  The candle will start to melt and catch fire...it's SUPPOSED to catch fire...if it's not flaming, You're not fluxing.  I use a Propane "Jet" Burner (same burner I boil seafood with) and a "20 lb." Cast Iron Pot...I don't use a Lead Melter.  You should avoid breathing Lead Melt Vapors, but avoiding the Smoke while You're fluxing is more urgent...do not breath that smoke!  While Your lead melt is flaming, stir the melt...bottom, sides, stir it all...this will help bring the dross to the top.
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Re: fluxing lead
« Reply #14 on: 10/17/13 17:54 UTC »
 8) I have tried buck beaver's lead casting flux on one batch and never looked back, it's great even on the worst types of wheel weights and pure soft stuff looks like silver it's that shinny.