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Old 02-17-2012, 11:35 AM
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

Nice job, good luck,hope i didn't mess you up.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:45 AM
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

Looks great !

Yes, I would also know what you used for stain ?
The brown is wonderful and several different colors on a play gym would be fun.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:29 PM
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

Thank you so much! I have like every drill bit known to man kind, but not one like that. I'll be buying it asap!

Sure, I'm also wondering about the stain. I didn't know you could stain PVC. Are you sure it's bird safe?
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:01 PM
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

Quote: Originally Posted by roxynoodle View Post
Thank you so much! I have like every drill bit known to man kind, but not one like that. I'll be buying it asap!

Sure, I'm also wondering about the stain. I didn't know you could stain PVC. Are you sure it's bird safe?

I will post on the pvc staining soon. I am in the process of talking with the company that produces the dyes and will post pictures and tech info once I have there permission. I will create a new video on staining. But I can tell you that the dye becomes infused in the pvc plastic. Its not just a surface stain it is a deep into the plastic staining. The only problem I will warn everyone with is the stuff you use, will knock you for a loop if you don't have good ventilation. I have to do it outside or it starts my heart beating irregular. Its that strong in its liquid state. But when its fully cured and drys it is completely safe and odorless. The piece you see in my pictures was even put through the dish washer several times and its fine.

And my birds have been on these perch's now for weeks and they are fine too.

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Old 02-21-2012, 09:45 PM
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Staning PVC Pipe

Ok, so instead of creating another video showing how to stain, and since I can't seem to get a definitive answer on the "Bird Safeness" of the dye process, I am going to just leave it up each person to "Use At Your Own Discretion" . I know many people use PVC Pipe Cleaner to clean the printed text off of the PVC pipe. I have used it for years for all the bird stands and perches I have ever built.




Once the Cleaner evaporates and it does within seconds, and let the pvc pipe air out for several days, I have always felt it was completely safe. I have never had any health problems with my birds.

And by the way, the PVC Pipe Cleaner is the main ingredient of the staining process. It is the stuff I said you have to use in a well ventilated area or it will knock you for a a loop. You just add the dye to the pvc pipe cleaner and shake and just use the applicator to brush it on the pvc pipe.

So here is the links on the process of how to do it, also I have included a link to eBay with the company in New Jersey that makes the dye. They sell it on eBay. If you want multiple colors make sure you ask for them to discount the shipping cost. They will. The dye as of this post is $13.00 for a 1 once bottle. And 1 ounce will last you a long time.

One word of caution too, MAKE SURE YOU WERE GOGGLES AND GLOVES!!!
This dye is super concentrated. If you think its hard to get a tattoo off, you will not want to get this stuff on your skin It will be there for good. I still can't get the spot off that hit my arm.

Link to the article about the staining process:

Stain PVC Any Color You Like


Link to the Dye Stain on eBay:

Since I can't seem to get the eBay link to work here
just do a search for "PVC Stain" on eBay.



I asked the person who wrote the article on pvc staining about his thoughts on how "Bird Safe" he thinks this would be. Here is his email response to me:

" Kicknj

Truthfully, I don't know, but I would bet at 19 to 1 odds that it will be fine. The molecules in the dye are oil-soluble only, and all living things are water based. So unless the bird eats the plastic, there's basically no way the dye is going to get into its system. Even if it does, I don't think that would be any more harmful than eating UN-dyed PVC plastic, because the dye molecules will stay in the plastic and pass through the bird without being absorbed into its blood. But I'm not an expert, and if there's much doubt you should probably err on the side of caution. Thanks again for reading, and for writing. Cheers- Sean "

So in closing I say again "Use At Your Own Discretion" My feelings are that it is completely safe. I have even put the pvc pieces I stain through the dish washer several times. Nothing rubs off once its cured.

Again, if you have any questions just message me.

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Old 02-21-2012, 11:57 PM
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

So cool to know. Even if I'm not a very handy person. I might even give it a try some day. Thanks so much for sharing!
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:30 AM
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

I also meant to include..... If you can't find Pipettes for your dye, this is what I bought on eBay. They are medicine droppers. Because as I said, the dye is super concentrated, and your only going to need a few drops .05ml for a 4 once can of pvc cleaner.



These were $6.99 for 24 of them with free shipping.

Do a search on eBay for "Medicine Dropper" and just look for this picture.


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Old 03-22-2012, 02:58 AM
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

How on earth did I miss this thread??

Most paint/stains are baby safe once they are dry, which generally means bird safe too, as far as I know. :-)
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:33 AM
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

I make these parrot play stands and sell them at www.graciesparrotpayground.com
I worked for several months through much trial amd error to create the wood look design.
I just want to say this.... If you don't know what your doing please do not attempt it!!! Cuttin or scoring PVC in any way can cause splintering of the PVC. This is very dangerous to your parrot. If the parrot bites off one of those splinters and ingests it you could end up with a very sick or even worse dead bird. I take great measures to make sure all of our designs are 100% safe. Each and every piece is inspected for defects before the gym is assembled.
I just wanted to caution anyone who may decide to try to build a PVC gym and cut the PVC in any way.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:45 AM
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

I agree Spiritbird, we use vet wrap on ours. A little hard to clean but easy to replace. Works great.
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