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4 days ago
John Cates
Flex Coat Color Preserver should not be allowed to freeze and does go bad over time. It should last stored in a cool, dry, dark place for up to 2 years, however, we say to not buy a supply that you can't use in 1 year. This is best practice. It is hard to say what happened in this case. I will offer you a new supply, just email me at flexcoat@
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21 days ago
John Cates
Christopher Thanks for bringing this up. I recently talked with a customer about this very issue. Our thread carriage has a sliding dovetail that guides the thread. The thread guide can get within 1 ¾" from the self adjusting chuck face as the standard design. If you desire to get closer to the face of the chuck it is possible, even down to zero. I build and wire every machine that g
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28 days ago
John Cates
Hey Guy Email me, call me, I will talk to you. I look forward to it. flexcoat@gmail.com 512-858-7742
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29 days ago
John Cates
Good quality affordable cork rings are available, just a simple web search will find it.
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4 weeks ago
John Cates
Cork is to fishing rod handles as leather is to cowboy boots. We like quality cork rings for custom grips. There are many places to get good cork, stay away from the bargain cork. You get what you pay for. Sand paper it the best, quickest way to shape a custom cork ring handle on a lathe. Start with a 60 grit and work your way up to 400 for a nice smooth finish. Cork cleans easily with soa
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6 weeks ago
John Cates
My favorite nylon threads are red, green, blue, brown and black. The read gets dark like blood and comes to life in the sun.
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7 weeks ago
John Cates
David The only reason to clean or prep between coats is if there has been a long time between them or if you have touched the first coat with dirty hands. Basically keep your hands clean and your rod clean to begin with and you will never have to clean between coats. We clean the blank initially with a citrus based cleanser and paper towel and then keep it clean by having clean hands.
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2 months ago
John Cates
If anyone has any questions about the Flex Coat DC777, I welcome the phone call. 512-858-7742 As far as the tension devices, this was covered a few weeks ago, but our tension devices are an industry standard tensioner that is on billions of sewing machines, embroidery machines around the globe. The only thing is when it comes to coarse metallic thread and that is solved by the two teflon wash
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2 months ago
John Cates
I like Fuji Thread from Anglers Resource. Really good thread.
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2 months ago
John Cates
Just got off the phone with John a bit ago and wanted to share what I talked with him about. Basically we believe that these are micro bubbles left over from the mixing. I went over our best practices from our instructions and videos and we believe this will fix the issue. Most notably warming the finish prior to mixing, using a round nonporous stirrer, mixing until crystal clear and pouring t
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2 months ago
John Cates
John Give me a call and we can talk about the issue. 512-858-7742
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2 months ago
John Cates
Tony The Flex Coat Small Business Kit is a great place to start. You get enough glue, finish, supplies, equipment and instructional material to get you going and keep you going. Also, this kit comes with reamer abrasive to make your own power reamers. You can do this using old or blemished rod blanks that match the taper exactly to the rods you want to build. We have a video on how to make
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2 months ago
John Cates
Here are a couple of videos on how we do it:
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2 months ago
John Cates
Great topic. Ours is awesome and re-designed. It starts with our DC powered variable speed motor that is reversible and has a slip clutch. Here is a link and video:
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3 months ago
John Cates
Tom Yes and our slip clutch allows the easiest way to transition between hand and power wrapping. Simply just stop power wrapping and start hand wrapping. The slip clutch will even hold the thread tension if you need to stop mid wrap and grab a phone call or contemplate life.
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3 months ago
John Cates
This might give you some ideas:
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3 months ago
John Cates
Gentlemen, our new DC777 is unlike any other wrapper/finisher out there now or ever. I developed this new DC motor with help from electrical engineers and rod builders alike. I understand the frustration with power wrappers because I was frustrated. I didn't like having to use multiple motors or machines to do wrapping and finishing. I don't like juggling rod supports as I move down the rod.
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3 months ago
John Cates

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3 months ago
John Cates
Michael Check out this video below and got to the 2:15 time mark. This will give you a look at the teflon washers. They allow the thread to slide easier between the tension plates which resolves the problem with some metallic threads.
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3 months ago
John Cates
Roger Good point about the metallic thread, however, we have introduced teflon washers on our tension devices that solve this problem. I will send you some. You simply install 2 of them between the chromed discs where the thread runs, letting the metallic thread run through them and then no more problem with metallic thread.
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3 months ago
John Cates
Mark Good questions and analysis, I would expect nothing less from you. First of all, I like Fuji thread and mostly use A weight NOCP thread though I sometimes use the nylon as well. I find it to stretch well and have almost no nubs. As far as tension I employ my own opinionated feel for that day on that rod. I know the word "feel" strikes fear in the hearts of some, but I chose
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3 months ago
John Cates
Gentlemen, I just returned from vacation. Our Flex Coat Highbuild formula is the same as it ever was. Our Ultra-V is the most UV protected and my personal favorite for all applications and our Lite is a great option for achieving thin coats more easily like on fly rods. Epoxy does have an odor, sometimes more than others. Storage length and temperature can play a role. Flex Coat Finish is
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4 months ago
John Cates
Jay Great question! You can re-coat in 6 to 8, no problem. It is a good idea to just wait until it is tack free which is in that window with an ambient temperature of 72 degrees F. You can make sure it is tack free without touching your rod by keeping the excess finish poured out on aluminum foil. If it is cured then your rod is cured.
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4 months ago
John Cates
Travis If you are going to build one, great, but might I suggest looking at our design. It checks all the boxes and lends itself to customization.
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4 months ago
John Cates
Sorry you are having trouble. A tacky finish is indicative of improper or insufficient mixing. This sounds like your finish is under mixed. Basically, mix it longer and more thoroughly. Scrape the walls of the cup and bottom but avoid introducing bubbles. The finish will appear marbled, then cloudy, then marbled again, and then clear, mix it until it is crystal clear. There is a big dif
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4 months ago
John Cates
We sell a pen that works great. Here is a video:
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4 months ago
John Cates
Our tip top adhesive is on the biggest rods you can imagine and holds up. Also, easy to adjust and repair if ever needed.
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6 months ago
John Cates
Mark Sorry for the issue, the truth is that in the last year, supply chains have been strained and we normally use a different stopper that is self sealing and has a snug fit. There was a brief time where those weren't available and we went with another brand of stopper. I do apologize for the less than satisfactory results. We are and have been shipping with the best stopper again. Please
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6 months ago
John Cates
I fish out of a kayak and like a shorter rear grip especially in rivers and streams.
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