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Alan Rudd


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Ardmore, Oklahoma
Post  Posted 20 Dec 2017 1:29 pm    
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I have worn my picks back down to the metal. Need new ones.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 20 Dec 2017 3:05 pm    
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Search for forum member Doug Rolfe for contact. I haven't seen him around here for a bit, but he's been doing coated picks for years.
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Danny Sherbon


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San Angelo, TX
Post  Posted 20 Dec 2017 4:28 pm     Coat them
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You can make them or re-coat them yourself.

I sanded them lightly, primed the parts to be coated, and dip them twice in the colored dip you can buy anywhere.

Mine last for years.
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Alan Rudd


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Ardmore, Oklahoma
Post  Posted 21 Dec 2017 8:17 am    
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That sounds like a lot more trouble than just buying them...lol!
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Larry Hamilton


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Amarillo, Texas, USA
Post  Posted 21 Dec 2017 8:43 pm    
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You can use shrink wrap too
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Alan Rudd


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Ardmore, Oklahoma
Post  Posted 23 Dec 2017 9:16 am    
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Yes, just wondered if anyone was still selling them...
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Tony Glassman


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The Great Northwest
Post  Posted 23 Dec 2017 2:23 pm    
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Just bought some vinyl dip yesterday for $4.95. It was simple to apply. Dipped the picks and repeated 10 min later. After hanging them to dry for 4 hours they were good to go.
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Alan Rudd


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Ardmore, Oklahoma
Post  Posted 23 Dec 2017 6:52 pm    
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Where do you get the dip?
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Roger Crawford


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McDonough, GA USA
Post  Posted 23 Dec 2017 8:27 pm    
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I think Tommy Dodd still sells the dipped picks. Give him a buzz.
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Tony Glassman


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The Great Northwest
Post  Posted 23 Dec 2017 10:36 pm    
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Alan Rudd wrote:
Where do you get the dip?


Handyman Hardware

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Alan Rudd


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Ardmore, Oklahoma
Post  Posted 24 Dec 2017 9:37 am    
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Ok, surely someone around here has it...Harbor Freight, maybe...
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Tony Glassman


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The Great Northwest
Post  Posted 24 Dec 2017 10:04 am    
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Alan Rudd wrote:
Ok, surely someone around here has it...Harbor Freight, maybe...


You bet. I've seen it at Ace, Lowe's, Home "Despot", Wal-mart.......
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Edward Rhea


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Medford Oklahoma, USA
Post  Posted 24 Dec 2017 12:17 pm    
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Alan, try an auto parts store...I’m pretty sure NAPA carries the product or something very similar.
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Paul Norman


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Washington, North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 26 Dec 2017 12:53 pm    
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http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?sku=38086&gclid=Cj0KCQiAg4jSBRCsARIsAB9ooau_KsC0Uvy2dBhCycAtvDF7ex-Rfx_pMD-NDxIpRCP9QRUCtHm1VCMaAsQuEALw_wcB
Lowes or home depot will have this in black or red.
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 26 Dec 2017 2:42 pm    
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Do a search on the Forum for Doug Rolfe, he sells the dipped picks. Very Happy
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Landon Evans


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The Republic of Texas
Post  Posted 6 Jan 2018 11:08 am    
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Erv Niehaus wrote:
Do a search on the Forum for Doug Rolfe, he sells the dipped picks. Very Happy
Erv

I emailed him the other day, he says he doesn’t do it anymore.

But I just Googled “rubber coated finger picks” and ordered some here: https://www.banjoteacher.com/banjo-supplies/banjo-picks/comfort-coated-picks/
Haven’t received them yet, we’ll see how they do.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 6 Jan 2018 11:20 am    
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The last plasti-dip I bought was about $10 from Harbor Freight. Unless you have other uses for it like tool handles etc., it will go bad after a while in storage. I wouldn't buy a whole can of it just to do a couple sets of picks.

A more economical method is to shrink wrap them. I think 1/2" is the right size, but you can buy an assortment from HF for peanuts. 5 mins. and a match and you're done. It will wear just as good as the dip and you have no waste. Local auto parts stores, Radio Shack, electronics shops and discount houses have it too.

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Alan Rudd


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Ardmore, Oklahoma
Post  Posted 6 Jan 2018 1:24 pm    
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A hairdryer would probably shrink it, too...ya think?
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 6 Jan 2018 2:59 pm    
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I dunno. Gotta have at least 200°-212° or more for most shrink tubing. Heat gun probably better. Maybe boiling water if you can get it to stay put. I always use a match or a lighter. Hold the pick with a needle nose plier.
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Tony Glassman


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The Great Northwest
Post  Posted 6 Jan 2018 3:05 pm    
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Plastidip coating lasted all of 2 weeks before peeling + loss of its tackiness . Just tried the shrink wrap, which is proving to be much more durable.
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Larry Hamilton


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Amarillo, Texas, USA
Post  Posted 11 Jan 2018 4:57 pm    
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IMHO, regardless of what you do, don’t coat the inside of picks that rub together. You may or may not have more of a problem of them rubbing together thus possibly slowing your single stringing just my experience.
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Bobby Bonds Sr.


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Texas, USA
Post  Posted 12 Jan 2018 11:17 am     srink rap
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I tried the shrink rap, it was slicker than the bare metal! Back to using spit.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 12 Jan 2018 12:27 pm    
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I'll take your word for it. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work.

I don't know what materials you had, but that's not typical. Certainly not of what I have now or have used in the past.
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