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Ok this is one of those hind sight questions, I am using aftcote 2 part epoxy to finish my wraps, is it ok to set my reel seat with this as well? Please say yes since I have already done this. I noticed while reading other threads people seem to use a different type of epoxy for the reel seat.

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Please say yes??

Um...NO!!

Not really designed for the job and I'd guess it doesn't have the shear srength of the strictly adhesive preparations.

I use Evercoat Epoxy Paste Glue and I get it from our buddies at West. Google Evercoat+Epoxy Paste.

I love the stuff!

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So how big of a problem is this? I guess I mean to ask is it likely to fail the first couple of times I use the rod or the first couple of years I use the rod? If it is the first couple of times I will fix it now, if it is the first couple of years, I will probably move on and deal with it later when/if it becomes a problem.

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Its a big repair. I would just let it go and see what happens. I wouldn't recommend using any finish for the seat glue but i think you will be alright.

 

i use the very liquid rodbond for the blanks/seat combos where there is a small gap and I use Kardohl Gel type stuff when the gap is bigger.

 

Anyway , fish the rod and see what happens. i think it will be OK.

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Thanks for the varied suggestions suggestions. I will probably try and run with it. My mistake came when I was debating buying flexcote or aftcote to finish my wraps. The articles page here says you can mount a reel seat with flexcote but I ended up buying the aftcote and didn't make the conection in time. There is definitely a lot to think about when you having a go at this for the first time, and I thought I had all my bases covered.

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Salt, thanks for clearing that up! I guess it was somewhat confusing for a dunb a$$ like me. I did a search on how to remove and fix this issue and it seems a bit involved and beyond my capabilities at the moment. I guess if it fails inthe future it will give me an excuse to build another properly.

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Sorry to be beating this thread to death but I have one more questions. I was reading here that finishing epoxy (what I used) can be softened with heat. Since I don't have guides on my blank yet, I was thinking I might be able to heat the reel seat with a hair dryer and pull the seat free by pulling it up the blank. Otherwise I would have to cut it. I am not trying to save the seat just trying to figure out the best way to remove it if I choose to do so. Any comments on this??

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You could give a hair dryer a try, but whatever you do, you really should change what you glue the reel seat with. I use Rod Bond, it seems to work good. Since you don't have the guides on it yet, I would definitely fix it now.

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You might try cutting the seat lengthwise on opposite or 4 sides a Dremel with a cutting blade. Then just get to work removing the seat and flexible coating.

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Aftcoat will be fine under the seat, done it on a few of my rods and landed many fis hon them, been a while too....No problems, don't loose ant sleep on it. Onlt reason I switche is due to expense of the rod finish.

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