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Old 09-02-2008, 01:24 PM
rodbilder rodbilder is offline
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Default Wrap finish on Hex blanks

Just a question on applying finish to the guide wraps on a hex shaped blank, mine doesnt want to cover the corners unless I apply about 5 coats. Anyone got any ideas on how to apply, speed of dryer or mix of epoxy.


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Old 09-06-2008, 07:54 AM
Capt Neil Faulkner Capt Neil Faulkner is offline
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Default Re: Wrap finish on Hex blanks

Hi John,

I hope I never have to wrap a hex blank again!!! UGH!!!

What brand of finish are you using? I use Aftcote. What I do is let the finish stand for awhile till it thickens, maybe 15 minutes. Then I apply the finish. At the end I carefully work the area just past the ends of the wrap trying to get as straight a line as possible. Not perfect but better.

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Old 10-05-2008, 03:17 PM
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Hi Capt Neil

I use the Flexcoat Hi build. I will try what you suggested, I also thought of another way now you mentioned let stand. If I apply a thin coat on all the corners first,maybe even 4 to 5 coats, then coat the the whole wrap it may work better than what I have done.

I have some Cape Fear blanks, had about 8 left so I am building a few up as Musky rods for the Canadian inland waters, I have a coupe that have very soft tips, for about the first 10 inches from the tip, these will make great Bass rods for the heavier slop.

Neil your idea got me thinking and now I will try it this winter and be sure to let you know how it works.

I have built can rods before which is the same shape, but these rods are fly and the amount of finish on the fly rods should be minmial, but the heavier rods need a better coating to help with the rough usuage and hoepfully "FISH" abused.

Great place to find info. Need to get down there and fish for the Stripers, Gunny told me about the excitment and I am planning an excursion down there in the next year or two.

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