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    Default masking off before covering a guide thread wrap

    Is it wrong to mask off before applying the coating to a guide wrap? Some seem to disapprove of doing this, and as a newcomer to rod building, I have done it both ways and wonder which is best.
    Thanks for someone's input.
    barham

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    Default Re: masking off before covering a guide thread wrap

    Some do, some don't, personal preference, depends on if you can confidently remove the tape while epoxy is still wet and not make a complete mess. I've tried it before but always seemed to have a bit of seepage under the tape.

    My method for a clean edge is to use a bodkin(or something similar) and let it ride against the edge of the thread wrap while it gently pulls epoxy over the edge. If you look at different rods you'll notice some have a wider overlap and some narrower, just find what you like and work toward it.

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    Default Re: masking off before covering a guide thread wrap

    Quote Originally Posted by fysh View Post
    My method for a clean edge is to use a bodkin(or something similar) and let it ride against the edge of the thread wrap while it gently pulls epoxy over the edge.
    Bingo!

    That is how I learned when I finished with Spar Varnish and I still do it when using Flex Coat.

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    Default Re: masking off before covering a guide thread wrap

    Anytime you have an overlap such as with the tape, there is always going to more then likely be a small void at the overlap, thus allowing the epoxy to seep under it and then magnified upon the tape removal.

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    Default Re: masking off before covering a guide thread wrap

    Quote Originally Posted by barham View Post
    Is it wrong to mask off before applying the coating to a guide wrap?
    Short answer.... no. Its custom rod building, there is no right or wrong way to do it. Find what works for you and enjoy

    Pete
    "Blessed is the fly fisher who's quiver contains grass, glass & graphite custom rods." Book of Rods 3:16

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    Default Re: masking off before covering a guide thread wrap

    I don't do any of this. I just plant my elbow on a hard surface, stick the end of the brush at one spot a little further than the wraps, and let the rod coat itself as it turns.

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