Originally Posted by random user
Just finished stripping of the old guides, windings and such from the rod. That IS a lot easier said than done. Not actually so 'hard', but definitely takes so concentration and a good thumb nail. Boiling water to go after the tip top now. All that is left on there is a bit more finish, the old cork handle minus on ring and the old winding check.
Trying to decide if I should get those off too and start with a clean old blank.
QUESTION: Is it possible or wise to go after the blank with an uber fine rubbing compound or even a soft wet sand with 1500 grit?
It will be tough to get a uniformed finish if you sand it and you run the risk of exposing the fibers if you sand too far. I would stay away from sanding the blank. The tip top should have been secured with ferrule cement, all you need is a cigarette lighter to heat it and pull the tip off.