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Old 11-27-2007, 06:50 PM   #1
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Default Plasti-Dip Mash Tun Lid Project

Ok, so I needed to waterproof my mash tun lid, and I couldn't think of anything to coat it with other than a lot of layers of latex paint. That is until I saw this stuff.


Well, I started my project by duct taping the heat carved Styrofoam that I attached to my 3/4" particle board lid top.


Next, I placed a dam around the lid rim with duct tape and painted away with the Plasti-Dip. And now a word about painting Styrofoam!!!! Styrofoam will melt if painted with anything it doesn't like. I have no idea what else doesn't like Styrofoam, but I assure you that it and Plasti-Dip are never a good thing, lol. Be sure you seal your Styrofoam completely with the duct tape or you will have holes to re-tape and redo later at best. At worst you could have a completely deflated, but waterproof lid. That being said here is what this thick stuff looks like after painting it on. I would recommend the spray for anything you can't dip for future projects.


After the Plasti-Dip was tacky I removed the dam of tape from around the rim of the lid and let it dry completely. The next day, this is what it looked like (notice the holes).



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Old 11-27-2007, 06:57 PM   #2
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Default Plasti-Dip Lid Project part two

So, after re-taping and repainting the lid this is what it looked like.


Here is a real close up of the texture the tape made. Next time I might use latex and then cover with Plasti-Dip.


So, then I flipped it over and painted the top, leaving a hole for my future mash stirrer.


Pretty nice looking when it was all finished, and it works and cleans up great.



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Old 11-27-2007, 06:58 PM   #3
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Looks good.
How are you insulating the rest of the keg?

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Here's how I have it insulated so far.


I am planning on insulating the bottom and then wrapping the insulation and Plasti-Dip the whole thing. I might Rhino-Liner it though. I am doing the HLT as well once the project is started.

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I'll be watching this. I have 5 spare kegs.
I'd like to se a report on it's performane for holding temperature.

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With 20+ #'s of grain in there it holds within a few degrees right now, I can't wait to see how it handles insulated and sealed up better. I will definitely keep everyone up to par with a write up on the future project. I am checking Rhino-Lining as it will hold up longer and probably do a better job for this application.

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Nice pics! Glad it's working out for you.

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What's the story with that dip and food safety?

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I think it is ok after it cures/drys completely. It is horrible in its liquid form, very very bad. The only place it comes into contact with anything is condensing mash tun droplets. I wouldn't recommend it for anything touching food products, but covering them I think I will be ok.

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Ok, just checked their site and it says it is ok when dry. Just go to Plastidip.com and check out PlastiDip, then #7 on the FAQ. They have a couple of cool products I can use in the future.



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