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Old June 18, 2012, 12:08 PM   #26
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It thuds, it cuts and, as it turns out, it does melt, eventually. It's definitely lead. It just takes a bit longer to melt that the usual stick on wheelweights.

My assumption is that it's almost pure lead, so it needs a higher temperature to melt. My smelting pot just makes it to a bit below 650 degrees, which is right on the hairy edge for pure lead.
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Old June 18, 2012, 02:53 PM   #27
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Usually "pure" lead develops a dull grey oxide when exposed to the elements. The metal in the OP seems to look too bright to be lead that has been used as a wheel weight.
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Old June 19, 2012, 11:20 AM   #28
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Usually "pure" lead develops a dull grey oxide when exposed to the elements. The metal in the OP seems to look too bright to be lead that has been used as a wheel weight.
It's probably hard to tell in the photo, but it's got some kind of protective coating on it, probably just paint.
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Old June 19, 2012, 07:09 PM   #29
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Yeah , I saw that it was coated purty good, that coating is probably insulating it a bit also until it gives up then the heat can be transfered.
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