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Old 04-08-2011, 05:34 PM
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Default Cork Seal (U-40)??

Does the fly fishing community seal their cork handles?

Last year I started using U-40 on my bass gear. Whether or not it's true, I feel like I'm protecting the cork. Also, it doesn't hurt that it helps keep the cork clean. However, it does have a tendency to darken the filler.

I'm assuming that avid fly fishermen who value craftsmanship would be hesitant to seal the corks. Thus, I'm thinking that I will not seal the cork of an expensive rod if (when) I get one. Thanks

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I use it on any rod I make for myself that has any filler in the cork at all. It does darken the cork a tad, but it also helps keep the filler from coming out, and keeps the cork looking good.
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Default Re: Cork Seal (U-40)??

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who likes U-40. However, if I spring for an expensive rod I might not use it in case it impacts resale value.
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Default Re: Cork Seal (U-40)??

I've used it before. Just a couple coats on a rod. Didn't seem to do anything I could see, but it could have protected the cork. I don't know.
I've used Tru Oil (Birchwood Casey)on quite a few grips. From just a few coats to a nice semi gloss finish. Same Tru Oil we use on rifle stocks.
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I've used Tru-Oil on a couple of grips, and have had great results as well. They were new, and the cork was given a nice honey tone that hasn't changed in years.
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Default Re: Cork Seal (U-40)??

I've been using U-40 cork seal for a while now. While it does seem to slightly darken the entire grip, it also keeps the usual hand use darkening of the cork from occurring without lessening the grip-ability of the rod grip. I'm about to sell a used 7-wt. XP rod I obtained (without, however, much cork darkening before I applied U-40), so I'll post here later as to what effect the U-40 cork seal had on the sale.
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Default Re: Cork Seal (U-40)??

At the recommendation of a local builder I have used carnuba paste wax on cork grips. It is often used as a natural wax on wood floors and seems to seal the cork and add a soft finish to it. It will slightly darken the cork and on burl cork the carnuba really brings out the colors.
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What am I missing here? No rod I've owned has had a cork problem. I leave the fish juice, blood, sweat and bug dope on them. Much like a vest, I don't want to wash the mojo and memories off. When it's time to sell them I may hit them with Soft Scrub to bring the natural finish and warm feel back. If somehow they get too skanky to stand, a kiss with very fine sandpaper presents a brand new finish.

Something a few people may not know to protect their cork and wraps is to never put a wet or damp rod back in the tube. That turns the tube into a mold and mildew chamber.
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Hi Jackster,
Willie Nelson's guitar has that same mojo, but some don't like it...
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Hi Jackster,
Willie Nelson's guitar has that same mojo, but some don't like it...
but you gotta love the sounds two sound holes make!
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