Cleaning up an old Lyman mold and revitalizing another mold. Thank you Charles Irby for the parts
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Hiya, I am a new subscriber for ya. I’m kinda new to the reloaders network so I will be watching as much as I can. Nice job. I am hoping to find some old steel/ironmolds someday if they ever quit going for near new prices. I have one solid brass NOE mold and the rest are all aluminum. This info will help someday when I find one ,Thanks I’m a new bulletcaster /powdercoater too. I’m building my watch list over here to try to get away from the Googletube. I figure we gotta start somewhere.
Welcome, Paul. One of the great things about TRN is the willingness of everyone in this community to help each other. If you have questions (and you’ll have many) just ask. Everyone here is willing to try to assist each other to pursue our hobby in a safe, friendly way. I spend most of my time on Discord, our chat channel, and there are approximately 10-12 subject threads there. Jump into one of the appropriate threads, and you would be amazed at the friendly atmosphere, and tons of help. But there’s also a lot of threads that are just friends… Read more »
Nice work tweaking those handles, Jerry. I’ve had a few molds come in with alignment pins ‘out of whack’ presumably from being on wobbly handles — the more hazardous part is the wallowing out of the alignment holes that results from it. Huge pain to try to fix, and a preventable problem in the first place.
Thanks, Harm. I want to insure that I don’t have problems later, and after tweaking the handles, I had to make sure the pins lined up with the holes, without hitting the sides. An ounce of prevention….😉
An excellent ‘rebuilt tips-n-techniques’ video Jerr….another ‘caution’ I’d add is to resist putting that bronze bore brush in a drill motor to expedite the cavity cleaning. The reason is that the end of the bore brush is hard metal wire and it is exposed beyond the bristles…if that wire loop contacts the mould cavity at the nose of the cast it’ll dent the steel and you will get permanent finning there in every cast from then on. Clean the cavity of all old ‘mould release’ that might be there, clean the old patina out as best as possible, in the… Read more »
Excellent points! My bronze bore brushes are aluminum wire, but I still don’t want that in contact with the mold. And YES! Hand only, no drill! Maybe I’ll mention mold release and smoking the molds (or not) in my next casting video? Thanks, Charlie, always sage advice from you.
That was a great video. Would you recommend the mineral spirits instead of Ballistol for storage ? I live in Washington ! And are you saying you heat the spirits off or wipe off before casting ?
Wipe off the excess, and any residue will burn off when you heat your mold. Some guys clean their molds with BrakeKleen, or denatured alcohol before use. I clean the excess mineral spirits off, then give a good cleaning with denatured alcohol before I use the molds, but that’s me. The mineral spirits don’t really evaporate while sitting around. It’s an experimental thing, Nick. You could try a lot of rust prevention methods.
Thanks, trying to find a system to store them and then take them out of the drawer and use ! Guess that’s not going to happen ! I like the brake cleaner, use that to clean the Ballistol off :-))