DIY diamond coating of worn-out clamps

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by mountanddo, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. mountanddo

    mountanddo New User

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    Since people are asking, I will post here. I just diamond-coated my worn-out clamps myself, it worked out fine.
    What you need:
    1200 crit diamond powder, 1200 is very fine, should have used a little coarser crit. About $8 for a small bottle.
    brush-on super glue
    fine brush (tips: look into your wife's make-up box to steal one, those are the finest brushes and perfect for diamond coating)

    It is very simple, clean up the clamp surface, brush on a thin layer superglue, then spread on a layer of the diamond powder using the fine brush, wait for 24 hrs, it grips the string like new, mine is still working great after a few stringing jobs, and not sure if it can last a few hundred jobs.
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  2. Radicalized

    Radicalized Semi-Pro

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    I don't need to do mine, but I've thought about that. The adhesive is the big issue. Various industries use over 1,500 tons of diamond a year. Over 99% is lab grown. Some of that is powder for various purposes.
     
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  3. Chotobaka

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    Great post. I have to believe the original diamond-dusting of the clamps cannot conceptually differ too much from this process. You mention that 1200 might be too fine, what grit would you recommend using?
     
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  4. mountanddo

    mountanddo New User

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    I will use 800 crit next time.
     
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  5. Chotobaka

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    Thanks.
     
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  6. diredesire

    diredesire Adjunct Moderator

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    Are you removing the original diamond dusting plate? Looks like a gamma clamp to me.
     
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  7. mountanddo

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    yes, it is the all metal gamma clamp. I just coated on top of the diamond dusting plate, I didn't remove anything.
     
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  8. pasky76

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    Nice post, what type of glue did you use?
     
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  9. esgee48

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    [1] Post says Super Glue, though not sure of brand.
    [2] Did wife notice missing brush or did you replace it before she noticed? [No need to answer :D]
     
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  10. Maximus XXIV

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    What will happen when I clean my clamps? Will the alcohol dissolve the super glue?
     
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  11. octman12

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    Where did you buy the diamond powder?

    Sent from my LG-H871 using Tapatalk
     
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  12. chet

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    Can you provide more information on Diamond Powder ... where did you get this from ? i ordered diamond powder from Fleabay and the thing came from china.. and it smelled like pond's baby powder... so I want to know the right term ..or if you can tell me where u ordered it from.

    thanks
     
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  13. eagle

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    The jungle store has them. Different grit available from two vendors. Search for Grit Diamond Powder
     
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  14. chrisingrassia

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    ya'll this guy ain't around no more
     
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  15. am1899

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    LOL :D
     
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  16. Wes

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    Umm dude... the "jungle store" is not the preferred nomenclature... "rainforest store" please.

     
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  17. ppt3

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    It has been a while, how is the diamond powder hold up? Do you still think 1200 is too fine? I am thinking about get some for mine, will 1000 be better?
    Thanks.
     
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  18. 1HBHfanatic

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    Read post #4
     
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  19. Imago

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    I am sure. she will not, if you put a diamond instead.
     
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