epee screws

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  1. Strytllr

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    You know... over the weekend, I had an epiphany while reffing some epee that it would be awesome of the screws were all colored bright orange or some such color instead of black or silver. The silver isn't so bad, but the black is getting harder and harder for my aging eyes to see easily. I just thought it would make it SUCH a simpler process checking for them if they were a bright color... just saying for any of you guys who do equipment. :D
     
  2. dcchew

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    I understand the situation very well. But I'm sorry, but what you're asking for probably won't ever happen. Once, I saw a referee use a small pencil size flashlight to check the epee screws. Not a bad idea.
     
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    NEPS are already a lot easier to see than conventional screws.
     
  5. Strytllr

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    they are somewhat.

    but why can't we get colored screws?
     
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    Extra cost for manufactures would probably make it not worth it.
     
  7. K O'N

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    The only way I'm aware of to color steel is paint, or enamel, or PVD titanium-nitrogen ceramic, which is expensive and tricky and I'm not sure would work with such small parts. Paint or ceramic would have risks of flaking coating off and getting it in the points, and I'm not sure PVD is feasible.
     
  8. Mergs

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    Plus you are talking about such a small area it is not cost effective no matter what process you used.
     
  9. Strytllr

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    well poo. :(
     
  10. K O'N

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    Well, he said argumentatively, you could just lay out some NEPS on a board and dust them with a high quality bright yellow epoxy spray paint, then see how much trouble that causes with bits of paint flaking off and getting into the tip. It may be a terrible idea, but it's not very expensive to try it.
     
  11. Mergs

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    In that vein, you could also take a sheet of high temp plastic about 1.5mm thick; drill and tap a gazillion 2mmx.25 holes; attach an aluminum plate to the back of the plastic sheet; install the screws until they make contact with the aluminum sheet; apply powder coat powder to the exposed heads; remove the powder in the slots with a single hair brush; bake for 20 min @400degF. :confused:
     
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    Well, that sounds doable... ;)

    HAHA!
     
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    Spray paint in the threads might act as a threadlocker and keep the screw in place?
     
  14. Mergs

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    Yeah, and so is warp drive - theoretically!
     
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  15. Mergs

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    more concerned about the slot than the threads. The problem with doing this for NEPS is that you can't screw them in far enough to be able to do both sides.
     
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    After a solvent bath to clean the screws, I'd just stick one end of each screw to a flat piece of sticky tape, to keep an "inside" end clean while spraying lightly from above. Shouldn't transfer much paint inside the barrel when used.
     
  17. Mergs

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    Go for it!
     
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    No need yet - I can still see whether the screws are in place.
    6^)
     
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    Just to be clear for anyone who doesn't know we're all mostly joking about this, this is a terrible idea, right? The last thing you want in your epee tips is a constant source of tiny paint flakes.
     
  20. Mergs

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    We are?
     
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