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Re: New Rod Blank
Posted by: Jason Haney (---.mountainresearch.com)
Date: May 12, 2020 09:20AM

I've built 3 or 4 Deltas, now. The ridges REALLY caught me off guard when I first unpackaged the blank. Reached out to a few builders/researched this forum and found you can sand them or leave them. I left them for fear of sanding too much and weakening the blank. I wrapped over them with size B thread, the ridges actually seem to help hold the thread. I wouldn't hesitate to order more Deltas because they're made in the USA and in my price range during sales.

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Re: New Rod Blank
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 12, 2020 02:05PM

If you are going to sand the blank, do not use anything rougher than 320 grit. It will knock off the ridges plenty quick and be less likely to get into the carbon fibers. I have done a couple at the customers request and they turned out fine. Care and Patience!

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Re: New Rod Blank
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 12, 2020 03:09PM

The reason I asked the manufacturer and the model was because some blanks are supposed to have ridges whereas sometimes you will get a better deal on a unfinished blank that is offered. It does not reflect badly on the manufacturer.

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Re: New Rod Blank
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 12, 2020 04:46PM

I have built on the NFC blanks with the ridges and found no issue with wrapping or packing size "A" thread. Note, their new Iconoglass rods also have the ridges, however they do not seam as pronounced as those on carbon fiber.

By the way, the Iconoglass is a very nice blank! Lighter and smaller diameter than many other fiberglass blanks. I have not fished it, but have done some test casting and really like the action!

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Re: New Rod Blank
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: May 12, 2020 09:43PM

If you sand it, wear a mask.

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Re: New Rod Blank
Posted by: Norman Miller (---)
Date: May 12, 2020 09:49PM

If you insist on sanding the blank, wet sand it using a fine wet/dry paper. I use 800 to 1500 grit, and it still goes very quickly. The resin ridges sand down very easily since they are softer than the graphite. The resin residue while sanding will be white, you don’t want to see a gray residue while sanding, that would mean you’re down to the graphite. The fine grit wet/dry paper is fine enough not to cause damage to the blank, but rather it’s more like you’re polishing the blank.
Norm

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Re: New Rod Blank
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: May 12, 2020 10:58PM

ditto on Norman's comment about sanding.

By the way, when I wet sand a blank, I go outside on a nice day, with a 5 gallon bucket with several inches of nice warm water in the bucket. I just keep the butt of the rod in the bucket with the rod blank vertical. That way, all of the sanding slurry just goes into the bucket so it makes for a nice clean and quick process.

Take care

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Re: New Rod Blank
Posted by: Scott Dacey (---.hsd1.ma.comcast.net)
Date: May 14, 2020 12:15PM

I appreciate all the comments regarding the blank. From what I learned you can either keep them or sand them off. I was more interested in the wrapping over a course blank but it seems my fears were for naught. I've already assembled the seat and grips and glued them up last night. As I said earlier , and agreeing with another poster, I kind of like the rough finish. Its different. Before I start wrapping though, I think i'll measure out my guides and apply a half inch of epoxy where they are to go, just to smooth it out some and make packing the thread easier... i hope.

In regards to the supplier, I was hesitant to bring them into it at this point only because I wasn't sure if it was a defect or not and I had made a mistake with this supplier before and called them out on an issue that was clearly my fault.

Again, thanks for all the responses.

Dace

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