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crittergetter 09-14-2008 11:59 AM

How do I clean the cork without damage?
 
My cork on my Scott is now a mess.. (long story) :)

So what is the best way to clean up the surface. Will 600 grit sandpaper work? Do I need to go with the grain (arnound) rather than against (lenght wise) on the rod?

Surely ghe rod building forum has a bunch of GURU's that know bunches on cleaning.

Thanks
Critter

devon flyfisher 09-14-2008 01:02 PM

Re: How do I clean the cork without damage?
 
Hi
Sugar soap and fine grade wire wool, it works a treat!
Cheers
Richard

Rip Tide 09-14-2008 01:03 PM

Re: How do I clean the cork without damage?
 
The recommended treatment is Soft Scrub
The same stuff you'd use in the kitchen

But I gotta tell ya... I never clean mine :wink:
One of my rods still has fish scales on the grip from the last time my grandfather used it, from way back in the early '60s

jose 09-14-2008 03:41 PM

Re: How do I clean the cork without damage?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Rip Tide (Post 35535)
...But I gotta tell ya... I never clean mine :wink:
One of my rods still has fish scales on the grip from the last time my grandfather used it, from way back in the early '60s

Something smells funny in this thread. Oh! Here comes Rip tide :secret:
:wink:

Frank Whiton 09-14-2008 07:42 PM

Re: How do I clean the cork without damage?
 
Hi to all,

I want to comment about the use of steel wool on a grip. My comments don't come from knowing how to clean grips but from making custom rifle stocks. I would think steel wool is a bad choice. Small pieces may embed its self into the cork. Over time the steel wool will rust and cause discoloration in the cork. If you want to use steel wool use brass wool. It will clean well but any fragments left in the grip will not rust.

This is just an opinion and may be way off. I do know that in a gun stock this can happen.

Frank

shorthaul 09-14-2008 08:54 PM

Re: How do I clean the cork without damage?
 
Wet the grip with warm water and sprinkle a few crystals of Cascade dishwasher detergent and rub it in with your hand, rinse with warm water and dry---grip looks new and your hand comes out clean too!

ezamora 09-15-2008 07:26 PM

Re: How do I clean the cork without damage?
 
i use soft scrub with one of those kitchen sponges which has the scrubber on one side. rub gently using scrubber side.... uhhh, lengthwise. a towel to partially dry, set aside.

if that doesn't do enough for you, you could try gently sanding with 400-600 grit sand paper.

eric
fresno,ca.

flyflingerandy 09-16-2008 06:41 PM

Re: How do I clean the cork without damage?
 
Why do you want to clean your cork? With the funk on it, the rod is YOURS, used well, and has caught fish. You can prove it too, by looking at that grip...Just my opinion, but I would rather see dirty cork on a rod than clean cork.

sandfly 09-16-2008 07:49 PM

Re: How do I clean the cork without damage?
 
try rubbing alcohal and a soft cloth, brings out the soft texture on cork..also wont hurt the sealer if it has it..

crittergetter 09-16-2008 09:59 PM

Re: How do I clean the cork without damage?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by flyflingerandy (Post 35644)
Why do you want to clean your cork? With the funk on it, the rod is YOURS, used well, and has caught fish. You can prove it too, by looking at that grip...Just my opinion, but I would rather see dirty cork on a rod than clean cork.

Ok... The truth is I was lazy and grabbed my wife's rod and made it a mess (she is a fly fisher as well).. I am a guy she is a gal.. I don't care about the looks she does.... If I don't clean it up I owe her a new rod and hopefully a reduced week sleeping out in the camper.. If I was going to buy a new rod I would do it for me.. :^)

Critter...

PS.. thanks for all the input. I will try the cleaning on an old one first.... Then her's. I will update everybody on my sucesses.. and if I can sleep back in the house...


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