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Al, it's pretty basic, standard issue cork tape on the Lami surf series. I wonder if this might perhaps be referencing that aggressive-surfaced, rubberized overwrap which Loomis employs on a lot of their factory surf rod handle sections.

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I have been using 3M non-slip safety tape to put on both the butt end of the rod as well as the foregrip area. I mount it over the cork tape to build up the diameter to the required size, then bind the ends down.

 

Al G.

 

 

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JM,

 

The cork tape is one inch wide with an adhesive backing. To install it on the butt of a blank, first clean the butt of the blank with alcohol and a paper towel. Then use 400 grit paper and gently sand the butt end where the tape will go. You just want to dull the finish. Now clean the blank again.

 

Cork Tape butts are typically 36 inches or slightly longer. Measure the point and mark the blank where to want to start wrapping on the cork tape.

 

Peel away approximately 18 inches of the backing. Lay the leading edge of the tape at the mark diagonally across the blank. Tape down the leading edge with masking tape.

 

Slowly turn the blank and tightly spiral the tape around the blank making sure that the inside edge of the tape butts up tightly to the previous wrap. Continue to wrap down the blank. If the edges don't line up, gently peel the tape back to align it properly.

 

Continue to wrap down the blank to the butt.

When you reach the butt, wrap two or three turns of masking tape around the butt end of the blank.

 

Trim away the excess cork tape overlapping the butt.

 

Let the cork tape wrap sit overnight before proceeding to the next step.

 

The ends of the cork tape wrap need to be permanent bound. This can be done with thread and finish, black electrical tape and finish or heat shrink tubing. However before binding down the ends you need to feather taper the tip end of the wrap.

 

First you need to square off the leading edge. To do this take an exacto knife or single edge blade and carefully cut through the tape while slowly turning the blank.

 

To feather taper the wrap simply spin the rod in the lathe and with medium grit sandpaper slowly taper down the cork tape edge. Apply a wrap of masking tape to the blank to prevent scratching the blank.

 

Once the leading edge has been tapered down then you can use any of the above methods to

complete the task. The back edge can be bound with electrical tape and then covered with the butt cap.

 

The 3M safety tape is sold in most hardware stores. It is applied to stairs to prevent slipping and is sold by the foot and in rolls. The tape has an adhesive backing and is applied the same way as cork tape.

 

Al G.

 

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