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Epoxy finish

Post by adriancean » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:25 am

The epoxy finish,it is possible to crack while a fiberglass rod considering that it flexes more that a graphite rod?
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Re: Epoxy finish

Post by robertrinaustin » Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:16 am

The short answer is glass isn't any worse on epoxy than graphite.

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Re: Epoxy finish

Post by adriancean » Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:06 am

I saw a Lamiglas Skeet Reese who had cracked epoxy finish :-k
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Re: Epoxy finish

Post by rglabach » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:34 pm

The more flex, the greater the likelihood of epoxy cracking.

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Re: Epoxy finish

Post by Mattman » Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:16 am

Just about every rod is going to crack its finish. Graphite or glass.

A really rigid guide, a very flexible blank, a somewhat fexible coat of finish. With that combination, its just going to happen.
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Re: Epoxy finish

Post by adriancean » Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:29 am

What can be done? Or how to fix this problem?
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Re: Epoxy finish

Post by jimmyb » Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:07 am

why is cracked epoxy bad? yeah, visually you can see it, but functionally it generally does not cause an issue, unless it completely delaminates from the threads (in which case, there was something wrong with the application)

generally epoxy finish will get harder over time, especially with exposure to sunlight.

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Re: Epoxy finish

Post by adriancean » Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:31 am

jimmyb wrote:generally epoxy finish will get harder over time, especially with exposure to sunlight.
That's a good thing or bad?
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Re: Epoxy finish

Post by jimmyb » Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:28 am

adriancean wrote:
jimmyb wrote:generally epoxy finish will get harder over time, especially with exposure to sunlight.
That's a good thing or bad?
probably bad... I have replaced guides on some extremely old rods and the epoxy peeled off very easily. But, the only reason i was stripping was to replace guides that lost inserts, not because of the epoxy!

I have replaced guides on newer rods that i have built and the epoxy is extremely hard to remove. It required heat, and lots of scraping. Unfortunately, i did not keep track of the finish that i have used on rods... it could have been flex coat lite, ls supreme, or threadmaster

Maybe in 10-15 years i will let you know how the epoxies are holding up! :)

so, my short answer is: dont worry about cracked epoxy UNLESS you start seeing it delaminate from the threads. Cracking of epoxy and epoxy seperating from a guide on a rod that flexes is normal.

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Re: Epoxy finish

Post by cuke » Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:16 am

what kind of finish do y'all use -my flexcoat is dried up. is there anything else? is the flexcoat lite lighter weight than the regular, or is it the same because you need multiple coats .

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Re: Epoxy finish

Post by jimmyb » Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:00 am

threadmaster is my current choice

but flex coat lite and ls supreme worked ok for me too.

for the record, I am not real picky with my finish, as i don't build decorative rods

I do have a buddy that builds some really fancy stuff that swears by aftcote finish... However for the aftcote to work he has a HOT rod dryer box and it takes a long time to cure.

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Re: Epoxy finish

Post by Mattman » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:59 pm

I use Threadmaster
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