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Finish for fiberglass blanks
Posted by: Doug Hall (209.102.126.---)
Date: June 28, 2001 11:13PM

I am rebuilding a Fenwick fiberglass rod and the owner is requesting a semigloss finish for the blank. I used the Trondak finish on another of his rods and he said that the glare from the sun is too much for him. :) Does anybody have any suggestions? I would also like something that dries slower than the Trondak finish.

Thanks in advance,
Doug

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Re: Finish for fiberglass blanks
Posted by: Doug Hall (209.102.127.---)
Date: June 29, 2001 01:19AM

I'm actually hoping for brand recommedations if anybody has any.

Thanks again,
Doug

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Re: Finish for fiberglass blanks
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (---.dialinx.net)
Date: June 29, 2001 09:15AM

PermaGloss is a gloss urethane. You could visit your local hardware store and look for a semi-gloss urethane. Do try to make sure it is a "marine" type product and labeled for exterior use.

There is also the possibility of dulling the shine of a gloss finish with some fine scotchbrite or steel wool.

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Re: Finish for fiberglass blanks
Posted by: Bob Petti (32.97.110.---)
Date: June 29, 2001 09:53AM

Is it possible to use a "wiping varnish" on a fiberglass blank? I don't mean possible (anything is possible, right), but is it reasonable?

I used Formby's, which I've learned is nothing but a thinned down polyurethane "whiping" varnish, when I finished a bamboo blank a few years ago. After a half a dozen coats, it really looked great and was easy as pie to apply. Barely soak a rag, wet down the blank, and hang it to dry. Rub it with a scotchbrite pad, wipe off the dust, and do it again. It was a "low-lustre" version of the finish and look fantastic. I doubt a true tung finish would do much on a non-pourous synthetic rod blank, but maybe those wiping poly finish might be ok?

Hey - it never hurts to ask. I have a blank I want to refinish, and a nearly unusued bottle of Formby's.

Bob

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Re: Finish for fiberglass blanks
Posted by: Doug Hall (---.siltronic.com)
Date: June 29, 2001 04:01PM

Will I have to add anything to the urethane to keep it from cracking or flaking caused by the repeated flexing of the rod?

Thanks,

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Re: Finish for fiberglass blanks
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (---.dialinx.net)
Date: June 29, 2001 06:55PM

Urethane is fairly flexible. You should not have any problems. It is one of the better self applied blank finishes I have found.

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Re: Finish for fiberglass blanks
Posted by: Doug Hall (209.102.125.---)
Date: June 29, 2001 11:51PM

Tom,

Thanks again for your help.

Doug Hall

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