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A really rigid guide, a very flexible blank, a somewhat fexible coat of finish. With that combination, its just going to happen.
Otterods-High performance fishing rods
generally epoxy finish will get harder over time, especially with exposure to sunlight.
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!adriancean wrote:That's a good thing or bad?jimmyb wrote:generally epoxy finish will get harder over time, especially with exposure to sunlight.
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.
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.