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BlueRaiderFan
08-24-2011, 08:01 PM
Ok...I got two coats on this thing...looking good so far, I think. I am coming up for labor day and will bring this rod. I think it will be like Gandalfs staff is to him...I see many brookies in my future and 14" fish...maybe not.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh261/blueraiderfn/twocoats001.jpg

BlueRaiderFan
08-24-2011, 08:10 PM
Ok...it doesn't look like two coats but it is...

501
08-24-2011, 10:33 PM
Varnish is thin. Take your time(don' rush) and apply more coats until you get the desired result.

Lee

BlueRaiderFan
08-24-2011, 10:56 PM
Will do Lee. I think at least two more are called for...maybe three. It already has a better sheen to the threads and rod. I think it has a lot better protection already.

501
08-25-2011, 10:27 PM
Continue to apply additional coats until the desired result(appearance) is achieved. Then apply one final coat to the entire rod(thread and blank). Multiple coats(more than two) are usually not required on the blank and if done improperly can cause pooling of the finish, excess weight and in extreme cases change the rod action.

Lee

BlueRaiderFan
08-25-2011, 11:25 PM
Ah good to know! I'll just add a couple more to the threads then since the entire rod has two coats now. It looks so much better already...going to take it out saturday for some warm water fish.

Knothead
08-28-2011, 03:29 PM
I always apply at least two coats to the thread. You want the thread to be covered to prevent abrasion. Three coats to the tip section(s) and one on the butt section.

BlueRaiderFan
08-28-2011, 11:38 PM
Had a ferrule come off...I thnk the kids that refinished it used elmers or some other weak glue. I put some head cement on it and rejoined it. I didn't have any zap a gap. I think it will hold and if not I can buy some zap a gap soon. It casts ok. I think I like it a little better than my TFO in terms of casting distance but it is heavy. I think it may actually be a 7/8 weight but I'm not certain. I guess I'll have to measure the width of the blank to know. Either way it works as a six weight rod so no worries.

Knothead
08-29-2011, 02:14 PM
it is heavy
That is the characteristic of bamboo. The best thing for ferrules is a good two part epoxy. If you need to remove it, a bit of heat will break the epoxy loose. Clean up the blank and reapply.

BlueRaiderFan
08-29-2011, 04:35 PM
That is the characteristic of bamboo. The best thing for ferrules is a good two part epoxy. If you need to remove it, a bit of heat will break the epoxy loose. Clean up the blank and reapply.

Thanks Knothead but no heat needed! :biggrin: Yeah, if it comes loose again I think I'll buy a small epoxy kit and clean her up like you said. Thanks again for the help. Hopefully I'll catch a fish soon to show it off.

Plunker
08-29-2011, 06:55 PM
Been outta the loop for a while "not throwin too many loops either" but is that a 'Boo you built yourself, or are you refinishing one....

Reason I ask, not being a "handy" kinda guy, I'd still love to get ahold of a fixer upper, even if it's just a ol piece of crap and giver 'er a go.

Please save me from the path of destruction :biggrin: with a new obsession.

BlueRaiderFan
08-29-2011, 08:10 PM
Plunker, it's a boo rod that a kids boo rebuild class in Michigan was selling on ebay. Don't worry though they left me plenty to do! :biggrin: They did a pretty good job but just went cheap on the ferrule glue and didn't varnish it. For $70 shipped to your door you can't beat the price. I think I have it all finished up at this point.

gmreeves
08-30-2011, 05:08 PM
Since you are spraying the rod and not dipping the rold like most people do, you will have to use many more coats to get the classic varnish look of most bamboo rods.

BlueRaiderFan
08-30-2011, 06:58 PM
Since you are spraying the rod and not dipping the rold like most people do, you will have to use many more coats to get the classic varnish look of most bamboo rods.


Ah thanks! I was wondering why it looked so thin still...didn't realize what people meant by "coats" :biggrin: I think it will take the entire can...maybe more. It already looks much more protected than when I first got it. Those kids were chincy with the varnish! :biggrin:

Knothead
08-31-2011, 03:07 PM
After reviewing this thread and my posts, I need to clarify- couple of coats on the thread alone. Two coats on the butt section, three coats on the other sections. I use a rotating motor and a foam brush. I can't dip as I don't have any place for 4 ft. sections- ceiling too low. Looking at pouring for a 'boo due to be ordered this fall. Will let you know how it turns out.

BlueRaiderFan
08-31-2011, 10:22 PM
John, thanks again. I look forward to seeing your build.

Dwayne