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carbon fiber grips ?? first time
Posted by: Bill Sidney (---.gci.net)
Date: April 11, 2018 12:09AM

got a set of carbon fiber grips ?? the question I have, do they use then the way are ?? fiber on the out side ? or do you seal them up with a coat of FLEX COAT / epoxy ?
this is the first time, want to just to see how they work on a fly rod , thanks for the input ,

William Sidney
AK

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Re: carbon fiber grips ?? first time
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: April 11, 2018 12:49AM

If they do not already have a coating, you will need to apply one. Some use the epoxy made for thread warps, however I find it a little too soft for this application as well as it will yellow considerably exposed to sunlight.

I use West Marine epoxy and Perma Gloss.

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Re: carbon fiber grips ?? first time
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---.hsd1.or.comcast.net)
Date: April 11, 2018 12:52AM

Either way will work, I sanded mine and coated with permagloss like Tom K.'s video shows.

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Re: carbon fiber grips ?? first time
Posted by: Steve Gardner (---.nc.res.rr.com)
Date: April 11, 2018 07:46AM

I never coat them them with anything. Coating is just added weight

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Re: carbon fiber grips ?? first time
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: April 11, 2018 10:29AM

If it helps: [www.youtube.com]

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Re: carbon fiber grips ?? first time
Posted by: Bill Sidney (---.gci.net)
Date: April 11, 2018 01:35PM

Thanks for the input I learn a lot video was great

William Sidney
AK

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Re: carbon fiber grips ?? first time
Posted by: Bill Sidney (---.gci.net)
Date: April 11, 2018 01:50PM

One question I do have is type of epoxy to BUY ? as I know that some epoxy will eat the foam will any 2 part epoxy work ? just don't get the stuff that you mix the drops
to get it to work ?? as I did not build the handle , got it from a supplier on the LEFT ,an they don't replay to my E mails very well ??

William Sidney
AK

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Re: carbon fiber grips ?? first time
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: April 11, 2018 03:27PM

Epoxy is comprised of solids, not solvents. It won't "eat" foam. The products that require "drops" are actually single part products (usually acrylic) that utilize a catalyst to speed the cure. You can use any good thread epoxy as a filler-sealer. That's the way I would go. I think I mentioned this at the start of the video.

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Re: carbon fiber grips ?? first time
Posted by: David Baylor (---.neo.res.rr.com)
Date: April 11, 2018 06:54PM

Added weight, yes ..... but very minimal added weight. On a fly rod the added weight (minimal as it is) may be a detriment. On a spinning rod or casting rod, I'd consider it a positive as it adds weight behind the reel seat. Weight behind the reel seat helps to offset the weight of the rod blank and guides.

Weight, as long as it's not excessive, is not a bad thing if it serves a purpose. Of course the definition of the phrase "excessive weight" differs between builders. Somebuilders may think that adding 2 oz to the butt of a rod so the rod and reel combination has a certain balance point, is adding excessive weight. I wouldn't be one of those builders though.

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Re: carbon fiber grips ?? first time
Posted by: Bill Sidney (---.gci.net)
Date: April 11, 2018 08:28PM

.. ..Most times any weight behind the balance point [away from the tip] will help, [ not to much] I think ,

William Sidney
AK

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