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    Infrared lights, anyone use them

    I am thinking about getting some Ir lights from to cure some bumpers that a frind of mine is building. Does anyone have any experience with these. Do they work very well.

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    Yes dry I use them in my oven. They work well once you get used to them. They give off a very direct heat which is different from a gas oven which is more convection. From my understanding though, infra red ovens are old school and being superseded by gas ovens which are a lot cheaper to run.

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    I have been wondering this also. The IR lights on stands I think is what you are talking about? How long does a piece take to cure, and what are the principals around using them? Tips tricks?

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    I have a 2-bulb IR light on a stand that I use from time to time to heat the powder [on certain jobs] just enough to flow before moving the rack into the oven. I usually only do that to very intricate jobs that I've wiped the second color from some areas. That way there are no "loose flakes" that could flutter onto the areas I just cleaned. I've never used it to fully cure a part nor would I. I really can't see how you could be sure the entire part was fully cured, unless it was a small flat panel, since the IR requires an unobstructed line of sight for the heat to reach unlike the heat from a convection oven.

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    Sorry i got confused by your post.

    My actual oven is an infrared system - I will post pictures of my setup to explain. I would think that infrared lights on a stand would give inconsistant heat direction and results in curing to match.

    As powdercoater says above there are cases where I/R lights on a stand can be utilised with good effect but not really as a stand alone curing system with reliable results. That being said I have seen good powdercoating results achieved in a domestic type oven - not suitable for me in a commercial sense.

    Regards Turns

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    Good stuff Turns. Interested in your setup, waiting for pics

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    I'm wanting to get into powder coating. I'd like to stick to mostly small parts that'll fit in a conventional oven but wheels and other misc would be to big. I found out about the lights through eastwood. If anyone has experience with these let us know how well they work.

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