DIY diamond coating of worn-out clamps

#1
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.
 
#2
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
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?
 
#12
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.
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
 
#17
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.
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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