May 02, 2012, 04:50 AM
I bought an aluminum scoop because it was lighter than the stainless steel the same length. It does have a big bucket and is about 5 foot in length. after using it for the first time the hand that held it was black. I mean really black. I thought as time went on the black would eventually wear off. I started wearing a glove on that hand as the black took a couple days to come off my hand. Is there any hope that this will stop? Can I put something on it to prevent this? Any help is appreciated. Thanks GFP HH
May 02, 2012 04:50 AM
May 02, 2012, 06:03 AM
Some guys spray paint them I taped mine with self sticking tape...
May 02, 2012, 06:55 AM
I bought some of that tennis racket grip for mine. It has an adhesive on one side and so far it's held up real well (I've drowned it a lot). I just used some electrical tape at the ends for safe measure.
"The key to finding gold is finding places where it can be accessed."
May 02, 2012, 07:10 AM
Hockey tape works well. It never stops making your hands black. You need to tape it.
May 02, 2012, 07:48 AM
A pal lightly sanded his then applied a coat of spray on clear coat to it -- works well.
May 02, 2012, 08:55 AM
I use it on my aluminum scoop.
I even sprayed it on the lower screen part so when I shake the sand out
my finds don't rattle in it and unnecssarily alert others close by.
You can get it from Home Depot and other hardware stores.
One must be smarter than the equipment they are working with!
May 02, 2012, 09:02 AM
May 02, 2012, 09:55 AM
Thanks for all the info. lol I tried gloves. didn't like them. guess I will try one of the above. Sounds like it just don't stop turnin' things black.
May 02, 2012, 01:50 PM
I have an aluminum scoop and for whatever reason it doesn't turn my hand black. Go figure!!! Still, I wear gloves most of the time because not everything i reach for in the sand or the scoop is friendly. Judging from the nicks and cuts in the gloves, a good call on my part.
May 02, 2012, 06:39 PM
Bike handles fit scoop handles perfectly. I have replaced the handle on a couple because they were rough enough to give me blisters and the bike handles are much more comfortable. Another alternative is to put on one of those handle attachments for meant to be on detectors for lifting easier, but they should fit a scoop too.
May 03, 2012, 04:00 PM
Mine is also aluminum and doesn't leave my hand black but then I made mine out of 6061-T6 aluminum. Maybe it has something to do with the type of aluminum it's made out of.
If it's not nailed down it's mine.
If I can pry it loose it's not nailed down.
May 03, 2012, 05:37 PM
I spray painted mine black and put hockey stick tape on the long handle. Carrying around a shiny metal object in the ocean is a really bad idea. All fish, small and BIG, are attracted to shiny things. Better safe than sorry I always say.
Garret Infinium LS
May 04, 2012, 09:40 PM
Agreed on the 6061-T6 and any other "aircraft" grade Al. Cheap aluminum, while still nice and strong and lightweight, has many more impurities and mixed metals in it, which causes it to "leach" out corrosion, often turning skin, clothing, fabrics (tarps, sails, etc) black, and even leaving tarnish and rust stains on concrete. I see a lot of cheap aluminum come into our workplace that someone else thought was a good fix at one point, nothing like good ol' 6061 though.
Everyone but me seems to find the gold.
Cleaning up the local parks, one pull tab at a time.
May 05, 2012, 05:57 AM
The detecting on the beach you must have minimun 3 Sand scoops.
One third jewelry of the World are under sand so far
May 05, 2012, 07:22 AM
How light do you want it? my stainless stealth suger sand scoop with 1 1/2 OD 4 feet high with "T" top weighs 7 lbs.
May 05, 2012, 09:14 AM
Paint that thing Ron, before a shark gets you!
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