How to Make a Fluid Bed for Powder Painting Fishing Lures

Customize your own fishing lures using a fluid bed for powder painting. A fluid bed consists of a small reservoir that holds fluidized powder. Fluid beds work by circulating air through the fluid to keep an even consistency of powder. This allows the powder coating process to be even. Fishing lures used in this process are metal because they have to be heated. When the lures are dipped in the fluid, heat causes the powder to melt around them. This creates a plastic coating over the lure.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Porous plate, 3 3/4-inch diameter
  • PVC couple, 4-inch
  • PVC pipe, 4-by-6 inches
  • PVC end-cap, 4 1/4-inch
  • PVC glue
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 3/8-inch
  • Rubber sleeve gasket, 3/8-inch
  • Vinyl tubing, 3/8-inch
  • Air pump

Instructions

    • 1

      Insert the porous plate plate into the couple and glue the 4-by-6-inch pipe into the couple so the porous plate is secure inside.

    • 2

      Drill a 3/8-inch hole in the side your end-cap so the edge of the hole is flush with the end of the end-cap.

    • 3

      Glue the end cap on to the couple and insert your sleeve gasket into the 3/8-inch hole. The end-cap is the base for the fluid bed.

    • 4

      Insert the vinyl tubing into the gasket and connect the tubing to the air pump. Turn the air pump on and pour your fluidized powder into the six inch pipe until it is half-full. Dip your heated lures in the fluid to coat them.

Tips & Warnings

  • I make a cup for each color powder paint.
  • The best epoxy I have found is called Devcon 2-Ton.
  • Be sure to follow the directions and curing steps for the powder paint you are using.
  • This procedure involves cutting, sanding, and glueing. Please use the proper eye and breathing protection!
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References

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