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Old 03-05-2012, 05:17 PM
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Hey Guys & Gals,

I'm brand new on this forum. Was wondering what anyone knows about treating cork . . . say with some type of oil to preserve it and darken it?

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Ive used Johnson paste wax on my wood reel seats. Never tried it on cork but it says it can be used on cork.
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I've always used furniture polish, mostly wax to treat my cork and clean the blank with and that's worked well through the years.

I was reading somewhere that somebody had used this stuff on the grip from cork down to wood and was very pleased with the results. It seems if it can treat wood and leather it might be worth a shot. If nothing else, good lube for a fly reel or whatever else. It's biodegradable too. My disclaimer is that I have no first hand experience with it.

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Rod building suppliers have a product they sell called "U40 cork sealer". I have never sealed my cork, i do however try and stay in the habit of cleaning my cork every couple trips with water and a scotch brite pad.
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I don't have experience with that U40 stuff, but years ago, on an old rod I had the brilliant idea of applying a cork sealant made for Birkenstocks to a grip. Hated it. While I'm sure it would preserve the cork, it made the handle slippery as could be when wet. I was able to peel it off and never thought about putting a sealer on a handle again. The furniture polish keeps it just the way I like it, soft and with the right amount of grip.
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I use the U40 on the rods I build. Darkens the cork a bit but I like the looks. Does not make it slippery. Just one coat will absorb and wipe off excess. Check out Js stockyard or I think it's sold on ebay too
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Hi Paul,

Welcome to the forum

This topic has came up before and I always advise the same treatment; after handling a fish rub the mucus / fish slime on the grip of your rod. I generally do this with only the first fish of the day in a ceremonial way, after the first there is some residual slime that gets deposited as the day goes on. I have one rod who's cork I've been sliming for almost 34 years and the cork has held up great

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Seems like Mojo mentioned this product at one time. I think?
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I have used the U40 on a lot of rods. I like it. It does a few things. I does make the cork a tad darker, but I don't mind that. If it is a grip with fill in it, and virtually all do, it helps keep the filler in it. It wipes dirt off easier. It does not make it at all slippery. I have zero complaints and recommend it. By the way, that scotch bright pad idea will wear on the cork, not to sure that's a hot idea.

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Thanks Ard & everybody,

You gave me some good possiblities. I just bought a new Orvis Clearwater rod and actually want the cork a little darker. So I may try the Johnson's first.
I use to have horses for years and was always cleaning tack and oiling it with Neatsfoot Oil. I wonder . . .
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