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Um...What did I do wrong?

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I am currently working on my 5th rod and I noticed that my first one, barely a year old has developed a milky coloring around a couple of wraps. I did not use underwraps on this rod, and I thought I sealed the wraps well, especially around the guides.confused.gif

I'll try a pic.

 

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Any help is appreciated. smile.gif

 

 

[This message has been edited by Nemesis (edited 11-19-2002).]

 

[This message has been edited by Nemesis (edited 11-19-2002).]

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This is a classic problem of moisture seeping in under the finish into the thread wraps. It probably was caused by color sealant getting on the blank at the edge of the guide wraps. The finish, when applied, did not go past the edge of the sealant and moisture wicked under.

 

Here is a simple fix.

 

Place the rod in a warm sunny area for several days until all the milky white haze is gone.

 

Take a soft toothbrush soaked in denaured alcohol and gently scrub all around the guide wraps and under the center of the guides.

 

Take a lintless cloth soaked in denatured alcohol and clean around the outer edges of each guide wrap. Repeat this three times.

 

Let the rod dry overnight.

 

Apply a thin coat of finish to each guide. make sure the finish extends approximately 1/16 inch beyond the edges of the wraps onto the blank.

 

Apply a second thin coat of finish 24 hours after the first coat.

 

Let the wraps dry and then put the rod away for a week before using it.

 

 

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