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Blemish on blank
Posted by: Sean Flagg (---)
Date: March 24, 2021 07:50AM

Hi all - long time lurker, first time posting here. I've learned a lot from the site and was hoping I could get some input on an issue I'm having with a current build.

I'm building a 6'6" 2 weight fiberglass rod for a friend and on the butt section there's a blemish that appears to be underneath the clear coat. Looks like there was a piece of tape that when removed it left some adhesive residue that they didn't clean off and then proceeded to coat right over it.

Any suggestions how I can fix it? I was hoping that it might line up with a guide so I could just hide it with a wrap but it's a considerable distance from any guides.

Thanks!

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Re: Blemish on blank
Posted by: Joe Vanfossen (131.123.51.---)
Date: March 24, 2021 08:14AM

Is it close enough to a significant length measurement from the butt of the rod or top of the grip that you could wrap a measurement marker in the neighborhood and possibly place a decal nearby to finish hiding the blemish?

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Re: Blemish on blank
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: March 24, 2021 09:51AM

Sean ,
Just put a very short decorative or blended wrap over the area. To create a balanced look you could put an additional one further up the rod as well.

Take care

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Re: Blemish on blank
Posted by: Sean Flagg (---)
Date: March 24, 2021 10:46AM

Thanks for the replies. I thought about the wrap idea but I'm afraid it'll look funny.

Maybe like Roger said I'll do a blended wrap. I'm thinking black thread with a few thin coats of spar might blend into the gloss black blank nicely.

I was also thinking about adding a guide to the area to make it more "natural" looking. Would adding a guide harm anything?

I should also mention I'm building this rod for free, since I owe my friend a few favors.

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Re: Blemish on blank
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---.68.237.4.hwccustomers.com)
Date: March 24, 2021 12:05PM

Have you thought about returning it for a "clean" blank?
Herb

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Re: Blemish on blank
Posted by: david taylor (---)
Date: March 24, 2021 01:55PM

How far up from the end of the grip is the blemish? When you position the guides and grip is it on the underside or the upward more visible side of the blank?

You could always get thread that matches the blank color and wrap some in that area and epoxy. Other possiblities depending on location could be hookkeeper; decal, rod length and weight, owner's name, etc.

Or just don't worry about it as rods tend to get scuffed and nicked over time. Or only address the issue if your friend finds fault with the blem.

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Re: Blemish on blank
Posted by: david taylor (---)
Date: March 24, 2021 01:57PM

How far up from the end of the grip is the blemish? When you position the guides and grip is it on the underside or the upward more visible side of the blank?

You could always get thread that matches the blank color and wrap some in that area and epoxy. Other possiblities depending on location could be hookkeeper; decal, rod length and weight, owner's name, etc.

Or just don't worry about it as rods tend to get scuffed and nicked over time. Or only address the issue if your friend finds fault with the blem.

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Re: Blemish on blank
Posted by: Sean Flagg (---)
Date: March 24, 2021 05:49PM

The blemish is about halfway between the stripping guide and the first snake guide.

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Re: Blemish on blank
Posted by: Mark Talmo (---)
Date: March 24, 2021 06:34PM

Sean,
While Joe’s and Roger’s suggestions are good ones, due to the blemish being between the stripper and next guide, a thread wrap may not look proper. If the blank is NOT painted but only a clear coat over the raw blank, using a razor blade held 90* to the blank to scrape through the clear and remove the underlying blemish will work well. After removing the blemish, feather the edge of the clear with wet 600 grit wet-or-dry paper, then lightly scuff the blank between the two guides with a grey ScotchBrite pad and apply one or two coats of Perma Gloss. Although it may seem a bit scary, drastic times deserve drastic measures. Good luck!

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!! BUILDING YOUR OWN SIMPLY ENHANCES THE EXPERIENCE.

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Re: Blemish on blank
Posted by: Sean Flagg (---)
Date: March 24, 2021 07:04PM

Mark, sadly the blank is painted. I was thinking something along the same lines though.

Anyways, the verdict is in - my friend said to leave it "it adds character".

Thanks for all the replies and ideas, I'll remember them for future builds.

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Re: Blemish on blank
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 24, 2021 07:14PM

Its a freebee. Freebees may have blemishes. Your friend is right, it adds character. Sometimes messing with it just makes it worse anyway.

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Re: Blemish on blank
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 24, 2021 07:14PM

Its a freebee. Freebees may have blemishes. Your friend is right, it adds character. Sometimes messing with it just makes it worse anyway.

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Re: Blemish on blank
Posted by: david taylor (---)
Date: March 27, 2021 12:08AM

That far up the blank it would just leave it alone.

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