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cracking under guide feet

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just finished my surf rod,used it twice,and noticed cracking under two of the feet.i used size a for a underwrap and size d for a over wrap.3 coats of preserver,1 coat of thinned finish(acetone)2 coats of regular finish.besides a little dust looks great.what happend...

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IMHO,

 

I did the same as you on a rod and had the same results. Later I learned:

 

CP prevents epoxy from adhering to anything it touches, it is OK when you are encapsulating a buttwrap (most rods don't flex that far down), but a mistake on guide wraps.

 

There is no reason to thin your finish, warm it when it's chilly but don't add anything to it.

 

Grind your guide feet carefully, sharp edges tend to shed epoxy.

 

Here's a wrap on a 40HH guide, one coat Flex Coat High Build

 

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gad

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yeah, its pretty common.

gadwall listed most of the reasons why it could have happened. ill add that too much finish on the guide legs where they exit the wrap can also lead to cracking when the rod (and guidefeet) are later flexed.

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Cracks are more common with fisherman who really lay into a cast rather than those who do not power as much. Much more common with spinning rods also rather than conventionals.

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