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Rod finishes
Posted by: Dale Thompson (---)
Date: July 22, 2022 10:04AM

I haven't been on the forum for awhile, but still building a few rods. Right now I doing UL spinning rods for the Grandkids for Christmas. As I'm replenishing supplies, I ran across Threadmaster one-coat epoxy finish. I'm skeptical having read a few strings about clouding and moisture, but that got me thinking about the various finishes. Someone should do a comparison review on the choices: Threadmaster, Flexcoat, ProKote, spar varnish, U-40 Permagloss, etc (I'm sure there are others). Thoughts or comments?

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Re: Rod finishes
Posted by: John Cates (Moderator)
Date: July 22, 2022 10:50AM

Roger Seiders came up with Flex Coat High Build in 1977 and has added Flex Coat Lite and Flex Coat Ultra-V. In 1977 the world was looking for a 2 part epoxy finish for fishing rods and Flex Coat had it. Flex Coat is the original that all others are compared to. Flex Coat finishes are durable yet flexible with a good working time and acceptable curing time. I personally gravitate toward the Ultra-V formula, it has the workability that I like. If you measure, mix and use Flex Coat finishes using the best practices outlined in our instructions and online videos, the results speak for themselves. People have all kinds of tastes, and that doesn't end with rod building, but I believe that Flex Coat is still the over all best rod finish for any type of rod.

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Re: Rod finishes
Posted by: Eric Garza (---.burlingtontelecom.net)
Date: July 22, 2022 11:15AM

I have not used all of the finishes mentioned, only Flexcoat and ProKote. I used Flexcoat during my first rod building period, from 1995 through 2002 or so. It worked just fine, and I never had any complaints. When I got back into rod building in 2020 after a nearly two decade hiatus, I decided to try ProKote mainly because that was what Mudhole sold and it was from them that I bought the blank and other components for my first build. ProKote also works just fine, I have no complaints. I suspect there are differences in curing time, working time, and other variables, but I have never bumped up against any limits with either of these finishes.

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Re: Rod finishes
Posted by: Kerry Hansen (---.wavecable.com)
Date: July 22, 2022 11:52AM

D2

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Re: Rod finishes
Posted by: chris c nash (---.atmc.net)
Date: July 22, 2022 05:04PM

Dale Thompson Wrote:
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> Someone should do a comparison
> review on the choices: Threadmaster, Flexcoat,
> ProKote, spar varnish, U-40 Permagloss, etc (I'm
> sure there are others). Thoughts or comments?


There are a ton of reviews of these finishes , just do a search.

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Re: Rod finishes
Posted by: Danny Wood (---.46.234.77.ptr.avast.com)
Date: August 11, 2022 10:29AM

bump

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Re: Rod finishes
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---.inf6.spectrum.com)
Date: August 11, 2022 10:50AM

I hope the finishes under discussion are to coat thread wrappings over guides - and not the whole blank?!

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