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Help with a St. Croix Fly Rod build

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Just finished my first fly rod build. a St.Croix 9' 2pc for 9wt line.



I plan to use it for saltwater.  I had a problem with the finish.



I used flex coat 2 part rod wrapping finish high build.



using a 6 rpm drying motor and letting it dry on the motor over night.



When I looked at it this morning I had several spots where the finish did not level properly.



here are a couple of pics of the problem.  Can anyone suggest a way of correcting this problem.



Any help would be greatly appreciated.Thanks<br />



 



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Best if you ripped it all out and do it over.

 

next time apply less epoxy.

But if you do apply too much - that is O.K.

DO NOT put on dryer right away.

 

Let sit for 1-2 min. Then wipe off sags of epoxy from bottom.

 

Let sit another 1-2 min (without rotating) and wipe some more off if sagging.

 

When no more sags - or if a little sags just move it to sides to get an even look.

Now rotate it 180 degrees. I use the guides as a marker so I konw how much I rotate. Wait 2-3 min.

 

Do that for 3-4 times - then put on dryer. You are looking for flat symetrical wraps - NO FOOTBALLS.

 

Regards,

Herb

 

Ooops - I see that there is a logo. O.K. sand logo area until round - Don't go so deep to where you mar the logo. then re epoxy. Use 320 grit first. then 400-800 grit to finish before epoxying.

 

For guide areas - rip out but be careful not to disturb areas outside the wrapped area. You may have to make wraps a little longer to accomodate any marring.

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The football is too much epoxy and maybe you did not brush it lengthwise after applying.

 

The decal area looks to me like you stopped the dryer motor befor it was all cured and set up.

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I agree with HL, this is a do over. It looks like you tried to apply all the flex coat at the same time, trying to cover the wrappings instead of doing it in different coats. It also look like you coated the entire rod if so why?

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