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EVA grip removal
Posted by: David Nichols (---)
Date: November 18, 2020 06:08PM

Hello - what's the best and easy way to remove a glued on EVA grip from the rod blank - I assume epoxy was used

Thanks !

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Re: EVA grip removal
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: November 18, 2020 06:49PM

I "filet" it off carefully with a filet knife. Get's me down to the glue, and proceed from there.

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Re: EVA grip removal
Posted by: David Nichols (---)
Date: November 18, 2020 07:03PM

O.K. - sounds good - how to remove the 'little bits' and the dried epoxy ...?

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Re: EVA grip removal
Posted by: John DeMartini (---)
Date: November 18, 2020 08:57PM

Gentle scraping and sanding will take care of the "little bits".

If you are going to install a new grip I would not worry about removing the epoxy, bond the new grip on.to it.

Good luck

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Re: EVA grip removal
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: November 18, 2020 09:00PM

Are you trying to get down to the bare blank?

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Re: EVA grip removal
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: November 18, 2020 09:14PM

Get some spectra type fishing line. Wearing heavy gloves, wrap a few revolutions around your hands and shave the EVA off the rod with the spectra. Easier than you might think.

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Re: EVA grip removal
Posted by: David Nichols (---)
Date: November 18, 2020 09:33PM

yes - down to the bare blank...

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Re: EVA grip removal
Posted by: Robert A. Guist (---.res6.spectrum.com)
Date: November 19, 2020 10:43AM

Hello All.

I do as Tom does, except I tie mine to two wooden handles I made from foam brush handles I've pulled the handles off of.


Tight Wraps & Tighter Lines.

Bob,

New Bern, NC.

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Re: EVA grip removal
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: November 19, 2020 01:03PM

Note:
One process that you might follow is to always cut from the larger portion of the blank to the smaller portion of the blank when cutting grips off a blank.

The idea is that as the knife is angled in a bit to do the cutting, the diameter of the blank is getting smaller as you cut, and the likelihood of cutting into the carbon or fiberglass fibers is reduced - when compared to cutting from the small side of the blank to a larger section of blank.

In addition, to get all of the remnants of glue from the blank, I just use gentle heat and a straight edged razor blade held at 90 degrees to the blank and simply scrape any residue off of the blank. There is a good chance that the finish will come off the blank as well, but that is fine since that section of blank will be covered by the new grip.

Gentle heat - softens the epoxy and makes its removal much easier.

Best wishes.

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Re: EVA grip removal
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: November 19, 2020 06:49PM

Once I'm down to the glue I'll wrap a paper towel around the blank over the glue and soak it with DNA, let it sit for awhile and heat the area with a hair dryer to soften the glue. This makes scraping glue go a little easier. Pack a lunch.

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Re: EVA grip removal
Posted by: David Nichols (---)
Date: November 19, 2020 07:13PM

Ham and Cheese sandwich with chips and a pickle slice ??-- haha - I would like to thank all those who responded to my question.... THANKS

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Re: EVA grip removal
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: November 19, 2020 11:46PM

Lynn,
I appreciate the technique. However, I have never found that DNA does anything at all for making any change to hardened epoxy.

If you do have some DNA that actually makes a change on hardened epoxy, treasure it; because I have never found it to work for me for any of the different times that I have tried it.

As a result, I never use DNA. I just use heat. Soften the epoxy and scrape it off. Normally, it takes no more than 5 or 10 minutes to remove a grip - EVA or cork, and remove all of the remaining epoxy and grip pieces.

Also, normally most of the finish is gone as well, but I could care less since the blank is covered with the new grip.

Take care

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Re: EVA grip removal
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: November 20, 2020 07:32PM

Roger, my DNA is exclusive to me! I don't know, I soaked it in something, thought it was DNA, thought it helped. I been wrong before. lol

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