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Removing old reel seat???

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In the post "worth fixing" I describe the vintage Lamiglas rod I am thinking of resurrecting. It has an old chrome reel seat and I would like to remove it and either replace with a new seat or build rod without a seat... just cork wrapped butt. What were these seats attached with?? What's the best way to remove it without damaging the blank? Thanks.

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If you have the tools (little abrasive cutoff wheels) , the best way is to slice the seat lengthwise , I theink three cits workks best , then just pry the sections off by putting a screwdriver in to the cut and twisting. Don't pry down under the seat onto the blank or you could collapse the blank wall under the seat.

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A cautious application of heat might be worth a try. That chromed brass seat should transfer the heat promptly to the glue bond beneath, and considering the age of that build, the adhesive may give up the ghost fairly easily.

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Great job Bill. Careful heating for about 30 seconds, firm slow pressure and it slid right off. EXCELLENT. Thanks again.

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You're quite welcome, and glad to hear that worked out for you; that one's often worth a careful shot on an oldie with a metal reel seat. Newer stuff - with graphite seats and newer, better adhesives - are probably best dealt with using Saltheart's suggestion.

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