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rod finish
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: January 16, 2020 02:05PM

I have never coated a rod blank with finish since an (unsuccessful) attempt to revive a bamboo fly rod many decades ago. What is the goal of covering a graphite blank with clear finish, or any finish?

Re: rod finish
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---)
Date: January 16, 2020 05:16PM

To make it pretty to some people, it doesn't need any finish. Gary Loomis once told me about the difference in weight with a bare blank, I believe it was 3 to 5 percent. You never want to coat a blank in epoxy, it is much heavier and restricts the performance of the blank.

Re: rod finish
Posted by: David Parsons (---)
Date: January 16, 2020 08:38PM

I coated a old rod with finish that I put blue powder pigment in it .The rod is now a good looking rod style verses performance . Plus it gave me something to do one winter. and I learned I had to put the rod dryer on a 30 degree angle to get the extra finish to roll off to get a lite coat.

Re: rod finish
Posted by: Michael Danek (---.alma.mi.frontiernet.net)
Date: January 28, 2020 07:45AM

As stated above, appearance. Really brings out the beauty of the carbon fiber. A minor side advantage is that the gloss finish doesn't show imperfections in the edges of the wraps as much as gloss epoxy on a matte finish blank.

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