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anyone ever used Hydrographics on custom rods
Posted by: Paul Wray (138.162.8.---)
Date: July 30, 2018 03:21PM

Anyone here ever used the hydrographic dip method to a rod blank? Will it hold up?

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Re: anyone ever used Hydrographics on custom rods
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: July 30, 2018 03:33PM

RodMaker featured an article on this process some years ago, along with offering a seminar on how to do it at one of the Expo's.

How well it holds up depends on how the rod is handled. And it is always possible to clear coat over the hydro pattern to further enhance durability.

I'm sure there have been improvements/refinements to the process and materials over the past 10 or so years, however.

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Re: anyone ever used Hydrographics on custom rods
Posted by: Robert A. Guist (---.dhcp.embarqhsd.net)
Date: July 30, 2018 05:43PM

Hello Tom.

The only one I could find was "HYDRO PRINTING" - "The ultimate custom blank coating!", in Volume 14 Issue 1 Page 22 "By Tom Kirkman".
Is that the only one Tom?

The article goes from pg. 22 too pg. 27.

Good article, but I do almost all 1 piece rods and the set-up and dipping for long rods is a little to much work and expense for me.

Tight Wraps & Tighter Lines.

Bob,

Bridgeton, NC.

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Re: anyone ever used Hydrographics on custom rods
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: July 30, 2018 09:33PM

That would be it. You can piece together wall-paper troughs to get enough length for your one-piece rods. They're not expensive.

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Re: anyone ever used Hydrographics on custom rods
Posted by: Robert A. Guist (---.dhcp.embarqhsd.net)
Date: July 31, 2018 04:20PM

Hello Tom.

Thanks Tom.


Tight Wraps & Tighter Lines.

Bob,

Bridgeton, NC.

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Re: anyone ever used Hydrographics on custom rods
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.hfc.comcastbusiness.net)
Date: August 02, 2018 04:07PM

It is most likely also lighter than marbling. Sounds like a great idea.

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Re: anyone ever used Hydrographics on custom rods
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: August 02, 2018 08:01PM

The weight would be absolutely negligible, at least until you decided to overcoat it with something.

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Re: anyone ever used Hydrographics on custom rods
Posted by: Paul Wray (138.162.8.---)
Date: August 15, 2018 12:16PM

you can buy 10 ft gutter sections at lowes for under $8.00. Just put end caps on each end, and silicone them in place. Make a little wedge to keep it from rolling out of a 2x4 stud length ($3.00). So for around $11.00, you would be good to go. fill with water, leave in garage on warm day, until temp gets right, then dip away.

I actually work with a guy, who has a Hydrographics business as a side job, and he can dip car body panels, so I can get scraps for material, and a pool for next to nothing.

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