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Chunky U-40

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I am new to rod building and am using U-40 rod bond for the first time. There are little chunks or hard grains in the resin, even after several minutes of mixing. Its not like any epoxy I've used before.

Is it supposed to be this way?

Also, are you supposed to do multiple thin layers with this product? From what I have read and the videos I watched most epoxies require 1 or 2 layers.

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The U40 Rod Bond kinda crystallizes when it gets older. It's not a big problem as it can be heated up and it'll go away (I pop it in the microwave for a few seconds). Fresh Rod Bond will be nice and smooth which is why I generally don't like buying more than I can use in a year or so. Regarding the multiple coats, if you're gluing something to something else (like a reel seat to a blank), you can slather it on as thick as you want. Epoxies cure rather than dry so thickness doesn't matter much. The reason for thread coat epoxies to be applied in two (or three) coats is to keep it smooth on the wraps. smile.gif

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i think you're confusing Rod Bond with thread finish. with Rod Bond, you're likely using it to bond 2 things so you won't be able to get a 2nd coat in even if you wanted to. with thread finish, a very thin first coat also helps to minimize bubbles from forming from the thread. some guys are able to get away with one thick coat and still have it come out nice.

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