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Texalium and Perma Gloss
Posted by: Paul Wood (---.columbus.res.rr.com)
Date: October 17, 2018 10:22PM

I'm building a trolling rod, and liked the look of Batson's texalium tubing for a handle, but it's not as smooth as I expected, nor as glossy (not sure I chose the best adjectives, but I was expecting the feel of graphite tubing, and the shine of polished aluminum, as the photos seem to illustrate). I don't dislike the look and feel enough to coat with epoxy, just wondering if a coat or two of Perma Gloss might make it pop a bit. Any advice from your experiences?

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Re: Texalium and Perma Gloss
Posted by: Matthew Paul (---.lightspeed.milwwi.sbcglobal.net)
Date: October 17, 2018 11:00PM

try a test spot on one end and see if that is good for you

The best day to be alive is always tomorrow !!
Think out side the box when all else fails !!!
Wi.

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Re: Texalium and Perma Gloss
Posted by: Norman Miller (---)
Date: October 18, 2018 11:42PM

I have never tused a Texalium handle. With that said, if it is anything like a carbon fiber tube handle, you should be able to wet sand it with 800 to 1500 grit wet/dry paper to smooth it out a little and then give it a couple of coats of Permagloss while turning. Permagloss does not give a deep glossy finish like epoxy, but it certainly does yeild a nice shiny finish, which is hard, and durable.
Norm

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Re: Texalium and Perma Gloss
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: October 19, 2018 08:09AM

Paul,
In a word, leave it alone.

Really nothing to be gained by applying a coating over the standard finish and a lot of ways to make the grip worse.

For a grip, you really don't want a glossy (slick) handle.

But, as always, it is your choice.

I have built a lot of rods with the thallium handles and they came out very good and the clients were always pleased with the results.

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Re: Texalium and Perma Gloss
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---)
Date: October 19, 2018 09:36AM

There's not much finish there, and the colored stuff that used to be available edge chipped, partly I think from the increased finish thickness and partly how people were cutting it. Can't imagine the finish isn't the same used on rod blanks, deglase with an extra fine scotch Brite pad to ensure you don't hurt the aluminum and your probably fine.

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Re: Texalium and Perma Gloss
Posted by: Paul Wood (---.columbus.res.rr.com)
Date: October 19, 2018 12:55PM

Thanks, guys. I hit it with a scotch Brite pad and it shined right up!

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