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I need to know how do I get lead bars made into a more usable form. I went to a auction about 5 years ago and bought a unused 100 pound box of body lead for 5 bucks. The lead is in 10 pound bricks and I need to get it down into sticks. Or should I just get rid of it and use plastic?????
 

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Two options, find a metals recycle place and make a few bucks on your purchase, or buy a melting pot and some sinker molds and make hundres of sinkers for your fishing buds. Leading is a lost art that does not need to be found. It was necessary when there was nothing else, todays body fillers are so much better.

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Onebadmerc, trees is right, either get the melting pot if your die hard traditionalist, if not use 2 part fillers. They are much much better than leading and easier to work with.

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or sell it to your local target shooter/handloader - depending on the alloy, might work for bullet casting. alternately, he'll have the melting pot if you want to borrow that. body filler is better though, or just plain sheet metal work. good luck!
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Thanks for the advice on this, I will use plastic fillers instead, and for the lead bars I will rocker can them with gold paint and show everybody my gold bars. lol
 

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Contrary to popular belief, lead is not a lost art and really needs to re-introduced to people who think plastic is the in-thing. Leading adds so much more to a body that is begging to be sculpted and not crack (when done properly). There are books and videos out there to learn from as well as the old farts. Check out EASTWOOD for more info.
 

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I fail to see the advantage of lead but hey it does work.Just a word of caution,we all know the health hazards of paint and solvents but someone new to lead may not know that it too is highly toxic to work with.It is dangerous because unlike paint it has no bad odor and will get you without warning!
 

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Thats very true, do not work or handle lead if you have an open wound. The smell can and will get to you without ever knowing it, the same as welding glavanized steel.

Leadding is a lost art and it does work, but its not safe, practical or cheap. I know and have done leading and I still preffer modern fillers. Theres nothing wrong with leading if you know how and want to do it, but in my eyes the very little benifit just arn't worth it.

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Do you know how many lead fishing sinkers I have clenched down with my teeth?! My grandfather is a die-hard lead man and he would probably shoot you if you brought any plastic fillers into his shop. If all else fails, sell it to one of the old school bodymen in the area.
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A 10lb. "brick" of lead is a stick, isn't it? What are the dimensions? I've never seen true body lead sold any way but in "sticks" by the pound. Perhaps you don't have correct alloy body lead.
 

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I dont want to start an argument here so this is the last I have to say on the subject.If anyone out there thinks lead is safe they better think again.I know people who still spray paint without protection but most of us know better!IF you dont care about your own health thats ok with me but please dont take anyone else with you.
 

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pasadenahotrod this lead is in brick form not stick, the box was unopened when I bought it. The outside of the box gives a name of a company and address and it says autobody lead. I uploaded a picture to my picture albulm if you want to see that this lead is in brick form.
 

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I worked at GM several yrs. back, people in the lead booth had to wear air ducked hoods and full suits. Also they had to take a lead test every two weeks.
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I think there's nothing better than lead for edges and seams. Like for filling quarters at the door, rocker and A pillar. I prefer filler for the wide open spaces.
 

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Onebadmerc...either sell it or give it to a body man that still uses lead. There are hazards to lead. That is a known fact. But some older body men will shun the plastic and use lead no matter what. If used correctly it is safe. Just don't breath in the dust if you grind it. I have used it and it is better than plastic fillers in certain areas. My father has been a lead man since he was a teen and he will be 87 next weekend and still kicking strong. A friend of his passed away a few years ago from bad lungs and it was determined it was from the plastic dust he breathed for years. Just use good judgement whichever you use and use any material safely.

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the results of lead poisoning are unlike paint,plastic etc. most often, exposure to lead results in non physical manifestations, often the effects are schizophrenia and dillusions of grandure.so, if you know an old body man who has two separate personalities,and thinks he's just marvelous,he probably is a big fan of lead filler.
sell it to the scrap yard, give it to someone who shoots historic weapons,or a guy with a sailboat (ballast) or something ...i like the gold bar idea, the lead will be sealed in the paint.


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the results of lead poisoning are unlike paint,plastic etc. most often, exposure to lead results in non physical manifestations, often the effects are schizophrenia and dillusions of grandure.so, if you know an old body man who has two separate personalities,and thinks he's just marvelous,he probably is a big fan of lead filler.
sell it to the scrap yard, give it to someone who shoots historic weapons,or a guy with a sailboat (ballast) or something ...i like the gold bar idea, the lead will be sealed in the paint.


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With a little common sense and knowldege lead is and has been the ultmimate body filler since the start of coachbuilding and body repair. I'ver never found any other medium that bonds to body metal better or is more durable. Look at the work that Dean Jeffries, Daryll Starbird, George Barris, Hines and dozens more have done over the years. If you don't want to use it I'll buy it. :cool:
 

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Hey guys I never said everyone should be afraid to use lead I just wanted to point out that it dont have a warning label and that it can{and will if given the chance}cause very serious health problems.If you feel like lead is right for your project just use a little common sense and treat it like any other toxic item that we all use in our hobby.I have a friend that was using lead and like so many others he had no idea that it was dangerous untill his doctor pointed it out to him.He took a blood test and was suprised to find the lead level was dangeously high even though he had no apparent illness yet.I have dealt with metals in my buisness for years and it always amazes me that somthing as toxic as lead is thought to be harmless by so many people.ALWAYS wear an approved mask for metal fumes when around MELTED lead and lead dust.Keep lead out of open wounds and your mouth{sinkers!}Just a bit of friendly advice that might save someone a major bad day!!

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