lids for tint tubes

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  1. thecrazylightlady

    thecrazylightlady Yes I admit it.....I have the C.L.A.P

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    At the Adelaide Xmas Mini this year, everyone was saying how hard it was to find lids for the tint tubes. ive been out looking myself and because of the odd size its virtually impossible. However while i was in cheap as chips today i found these Greenseas Ocean Deli tuna cups with plastic lids. They are almost a perfect fit and i think with a little silicone they will work well. Not sure of the regular price but i managed to pick them up on markdown for only 30 cents..... not bad i think, you get a lid for a tint tube and tuna!!
     

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  2. smartalec

    smartalec Im a SmartAlec what can i say! Community Project Designer

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    i use 80mm pvc end caps, works great
     
  3. fasteddy

    fasteddy I have C.L.A.P Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    Have you found that the Tint tubes go yellow outside. All mine went yellow just after 1 season of use as there is no UV inhibitors in the tint tubes.

    I wonder how others went with their tint tubes after a season of use.
     
  4. i13

    i13 Senior Elf

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    There was some discussion about a can of spray that some ACL members have been using to slow the rate at which their pixels deteriorate in the sunlight. I haven't tried it but planning to find something similar.
    Karob gave me this link http://www.crcind.com.au/products/corrosion-protection-and-inhibitors/plasticote-70
    It appears to be designed for electronics but maybe there's something similar that would work on the tint tubes.
     
  5. Karob

    Karob Let there be Light!

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    Not a bad idea 113


    I have a endless supply of tint tubes in my new job so if anyone in Adelaide is after tint tubes contact me.


    I will spray a tint tube with the plastic and do a test in the sun and test.
     
  6. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Dedicated Elf Administrator

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    In response to Eddy:

    My uncovered tint tubes went a little yellow after the first season, around 8 weeks. They now have 3 seasons under the belt and have got a little more yellow each year with 6-8 weeks in the sun each season.

    Last year I noticed they had also got brittle. Still planning to use them this year unchanged but will take more care with handling them so they don't break.

    Whilst the yellowish look may not be the greatest during the day this doesn't seem to affect them of a night when lit up with colour.
     
  7. gerry

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    I had 7 tint tubes out last year . They have turned a bit yello, some more than others , but alan says no problem , just check for the brittleness . Wil be able to use them this year as well at least.
     
  8. lizardking

    lizardking IT IS STILL ALL BENS FAULT

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    to get the yellowness off some jiff and abit of scrubbing with a nylon scourer gets most of it off as for the brittleness i cant help with that
     
  9. AAH

    AAH I love blinky lights :) Community Project Designer

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    I am at my 4th year for my tint tube mega star and 3rd year for tint tube icicles. The mega star is becoming fairly yellow which doesn't really effect the effect it produces too much. I expect that after this year the star will need replacing but 4 years for a prop that cost nothing is hard to beat.
     
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    I too had the dilemma of finding lids.
    Living in the country we don't have many options for shopping.
    I found 6 x 80mm pvc caps so used 5 on the "fire sticks" that I made and then 1 on the first bollard shown here.
    The other bollards just got a large xmas bauble silicone to the top.
    I know they will fade within weeks, but as long as they make it through this year, I will either replace them or just paint them next year.
     

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    I did try using this spray - didn't seem to help at all, my tint tubes were all quite yellow after the first year.

    I ended up removing them from my display anyway - not just because of the yellowing but also due to issues keeping my tubes installed with winds etc. The way I used them was a "fuzzy matrix", with a heap of tubes running vertically across my balcony. The problem was, they didn't really look like lights as such, and some people even thought it was a projector behind or something.. So I replaced them with 50mm ball lights

    Cheers

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    scamper Senior Elf

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    I make all of my "tube" props with a smaller pvc conduit inside them. Then I put a stake in the ground and slip them onto it.
    The ones I have on hard stands, I made base the same way, I got a bowl of concrete and set a stake in it.
     

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  13. smartalec

    smartalec Im a SmartAlec what can i say! Community Project Designer

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    I do like the ball-ball effect for the lids of the tint tubes

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  14. bjpc2716

    bjpc2716 need more lights to light up the world

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    i like them regarding i would use a clear coat from plastic car bumper it would work ;)
     

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