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Does Flex Coat strengthen/reinforce rod?
Posted by: Jeremy Lee (---.oc.oc.cox.net)
Date: May 02, 2020 05:44PM

Hey all,

Sorry dumb question alert lol: am curious if applying flex coat (particularly on a graphite rod that has been sanded to the point that the satin/matte finish was removed) would help strengthen or reinforce that part of the rod in the case that some graphite might have been removed through sanding. This is in the context of the tip section of a rod that broke off and where the second guide was damaged - I pulled the tip off of the broken tip to salvage, removed the second guide, then sanded to smooth it as well as sanded the diameter of the *new* top so the salvaged tip could slide on. I'm just afraid that the integrity of that part of the rod might now be diminished.



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Re: Does Flex Coat strengthen/reinforce rod?
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---.lightspeed.rcsntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 02, 2020 05:51PM

Absolutely not.
Quote "I'm just afraid that the integrity of that part of the rod might now be diminished". And - yes you did.
Herb



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Re: Does Flex Coat strengthen/reinforce rod?
Posted by: Jeremy Lee (---.oc.oc.cox.net)
Date: May 02, 2020 06:23PM

Herb Ladenheim Wrote:
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> Absolutely not.
> Quote "I'm just afraid that the integrity of that
> part of the rod might now be diminished". And -
> yes you did.
> Herb


Darn... I was a bit too eager with this one. The part where it broke had one or two very thin graphite 'strands' coming off if I were to lightly twist between my fingers, so I guess the structure was already compromised at that point anyway? I used 220 grit sand paper to try to remove any excess epoxy and to try to decrease the diameter slightly of the tip area so the existing tip could slip over.

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Should I have made a clean cut instead?



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Re: Does Flex Coat strengthen/reinforce rod?
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---.lightspeed.rcsntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 02, 2020 09:04PM

You should have just bought a tip-=top one size larger
Herb

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Re: Does Flex Coat strengthen/reinforce rod?
Posted by: Jeremy Lee (---.oc.oc.cox.net)
Date: May 02, 2020 09:10PM

Herb Ladenheim Wrote:
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> You should have just bought a tip-=top one size
> larger
> Herb

Is the rod still salvageable at this point? Would brushing 2-part epoxy on the sanded part help at all? If not I figure at this rate glue the tip back on and fish it and see what happens lol - at least I got my money back so it's not like I'll be losing anything (well, except for a fish maybe hahah)



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Re: Does Flex Coat strengthen/reinforce rod?
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---.lightspeed.rcsntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 02, 2020 10:33PM

No - applying 2 part epoxy will not strengthen the area.
The strength of the blank is due to the composite of graphite and epoxy mixed together. Not as a coating.
Herb

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Re: Does Flex Coat strengthen/reinforce rod?
Posted by: Mark Talmo (---)
Date: May 02, 2020 11:16PM

Jeremy,
Herb has offered good advice through veteran experience. I agree that the rod has been compromised through extensive sanding. How much it has been compromised is anyone’s guess. You will gain no strength whatsoever with the addition of more epoxy! As you mentioned, and at this point I agree, glue the tip top back on and fish it! You have nothing to lose and can possibly gain a valuable lesson learned; who knows, maybe you will like the rod better in its new configuration. Good luck.

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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Re: Does Flex Coat strengthen/reinforce rod?
Posted by: Jeremy Lee (---.oc.oc.cox.net)
Date: May 03, 2020 12:57AM

Thanks all!

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Re: Does Flex Coat strengthen/reinforce rod?
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: May 03, 2020 08:46PM

2X Mark's comment.

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