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Old Wed Jul 22, 2009, 08:56am
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Will Black Diamond-DFM-UMP Mask peel and crack

I am replacing my mask this year and was considering the Diamond DFM-UMP lightweight mask.

Here is an ad for the Diamond DFM-UMP lightweight mask. It says that the silver will not peel or crack like the black one. I thought they were the same except for color. Has anyone actually compare the two side by side?



http://www.lestersupstatesports.com/...lack-p-14.html



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Old Wed Jul 22, 2009, 09:39am
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I took my old Schutt mask in to a place to get it powder coated. The plastic had cracked from a foul ball. Looks great and is surprisingly lighter.

You may want to try this before investing in a new mask.
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Old Wed Jul 22, 2009, 10:30am
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Here's an interesting thought that's way out of the box...

What about using some of the products meant for bluing firearms such as Cerakote? Assuming it will bond to the metal, bluing the mask's frame may help harden the finish and prevent the cracking or flaking. And "bluing" does not mean turning it blue - you can also choose colors like armor black, graphite black, etc.

I don't know if this would work. I've never tried it. If someone's willing to give it a shot, let me know. It'd only cost about $20 or so. Try it on an old mask and then bang on it with a hammer or something...
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Old Wed Jul 22, 2009, 12:45pm
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Ump mask peeling

I have not seen the silver mask, but my black mask is peeling in a few spot. Not had other brands do this in the past???
I have a powder coat painter who I will ask if they will re-coat my mask.
Great idea!
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Old Wed Jul 22, 2009, 12:54pm
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I took my old Schutt mask in to a place to get it powder coated. The plastic had cracked from a foul ball. Looks great and is surprisingly lighter.

You may want to try this before investing in a new mask.
How much did the powder coating run you, if you don't mind my asking?
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Screw green, it ain't easy being blue!

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Old Wed Jul 22, 2009, 01:37pm
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Powder coating was $65. I was about to buy a new mask at $95. I can now use the same equipment I am used to and keep the strap/pads. I will eventually buy anew mask, but it is nice to have my old faithful.
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Old Wed Jul 22, 2009, 01:39pm
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Powder coating mask

I have not had it coated wet, but I know they will have to burn the old paint off, then re-coat it. I'll let you know when I have it done. I will have to wait till they are running a gloss or semi-black.
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Old Wed Jul 22, 2009, 02:16pm
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My black Diamond started peeling. A bit of super glue put it back in shape.

When it becomes necessary I will media blast and use a 2K urethane myself (that's what I do for real money anyway!).

I did that with an older mask I had. That one went to the wife, then later the son. It is still in use and very presentable.
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Old Wed Jul 22, 2009, 03:45pm
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Powder coating was $65. I was about to buy a new mask at $95. I can now use the same equipment I am used to and keep the strap/pads. I will eventually buy anew mask, but it is nice to have my old faithful.
At that price, I'd be tempted to try Cerakote. It's $45.

The only problem is that it would require baking the mask frame at 250 degrees for 2 hours. A metal mask would have no problem with that, but a hard plastic one? I don't know...

It's worth a shot (no pun intended). If it works, it'd kind of have a bad-a$$ element to it.
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Screw green, it ain't easy being blue!

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Old Wed Jul 22, 2009, 08:04pm
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I just bought an DFM mask from Ump Attire and it was powder coated. The salesperson said Diamond had recieved numerous complaints and changed their finish. I was one of the first to get the new style apparently. Ordered some black suede Wilson mask pads to go with it and I'm good to go.

Only thing I don't like about the mask was the head strap. I actually swaped it with my old one and sold it on eBay with my old mask.
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Old Wed Jul 22, 2009, 10:49pm
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The cerkote thing looks like a cool idea, but for $20 more, minus shipping, I will take the guy doing it for me.
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Old Wed Jul 22, 2009, 10:53pm
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The cerkote thing looks like a cool idea, but for $20 more, minus shipping, I will take the guy doing it for me.
But think of how much bragging rights you'd have in being able to say, "I coated mine with the same stuff they put on guns...

Just kidding.
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I haven't decided if I should call it from the dugout or the outfield. Apparently, both have really great views!

Screw green, it ain't easy being blue!

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Old Thu Jul 23, 2009, 08:34am
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I have a 4 year old Schutt that started cracking. This weekend, I spoke to a Schutt rep to see if the company had any suggestions. She covered the cracks with Tuff Toe (that may not be the name, I didn't see the container). She did this on an off game of mine, and I had totally forgotten about it until the next day. I didn't even notice the cover up until I happened to touch the spots between innings.
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Old Fri Jul 24, 2009, 04:41am
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But think of how much bragging rights you'd have in being able to say, "I coated mine with the same stuff they put on guns...

Just kidding.
he is dangerous enough out there
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