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Old 12-03-2013, 11:30 AM
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Default Re: High Build vs Lite Build

I know you fellows are ahead of me with the modern one and two part epoxy based coatings, but at 73 I am entitled to be old fashioned. I enjoy using Helsman Spar Varnish gloss or satin thread wraps depending on the rod finish. I use eight thin coats. With the four hour waiting time, I can put six coats on over a weekend.
I like the result which is not "globby" and do not have to deal with the hassle of bubbles, setting up, etc.
As I said before on another post on this forum, I got fussed at on another forum for being old fashioned and out of date. To that charge I plead guilty!
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:56 PM
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Barham, I am with ya. I am 68 and I like the old way. never had a prob on any rod and I fish salt a lot and fresh. have hung a lot of 30+ lb salmon and no problem.
I suppose the new stuff is ok but I am use to the old stuff and I like it that way. just my way.
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:33 PM
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I build way more saltwater conventional rods than fly rods and I still use lite epoxies. It's not uncommon for for me to got 3-5 coats on a finish, but I get smooth, level coverage with no air bubbles. The hi build stuff will require less coats, but you have to be careful how it sets and how much air it holds.
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