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Steven Kidd

Epic 590C
« on: July 04, 2020, 23:47:09 PM »
Hi,

So my rod kit arrived and i've been beavering away.....rod is fully wrapped and ready for the Epoxy.....

I opted for black silk for all the wraps on the black / grey blank and have very slim white trim bands, pictures to follow.

The epoxy in the kit is Prokote and the instructions suggest to thin the first coat to achieve translucent wraps, however is their any downside to not thinning?, i do not have a rod dryer and can only envisage a thinned coat dripping off the blank and me having to stand turning it for 4 days....?

Any harm in applying Prokote in the 50/50 mix and turning by hand for approx. 2 hours, also stated in the Epic instructions for the final coat.

Any help would be much appreciated for my first time build, :-)

Steven

Sandy Nelson

Re: Epic 590C
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2020, 21:33:54 PM »
If the silk is black then no real need to thin it down. Thinning it down is for getting a fully translucent wrap.
The thinner epoxy shift more air out of the silk and makes it translucent, but if you are using black or nylon thread then it doesnít really make any difference . Just remember to still make the coats really thin and donít worry if the thread soaks it up and looks  a bit bare on the first coat. 3 thin coats gives a much better finish than 2 thicker ones. Itís worth the effort

Sandy
 :z16
John Geirach 1999 "Millions of trout have died of old age before i could catch them and there's not a damn thing i can do about that"

Steven Kidd

Re: Epic 590C
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2020, 21:43:10 PM »
Thanks Sandy,

I ordered a rod dryer and got over my stingy nature, lol.....in no hurry.  Better done right than half ar$ed.

I have really enjoyed the process so far and right into looking at other builds to see what can be achieved so who knows this may be the first of many, 👍😉

Steven

Steven Kidd

Re: Epic 590C
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2020, 21:20:11 PM »
Hi,

Do you guys in general recommend a coat of epoxy over the rod make/ model name etc., or is it down to personnel preference?

Rod dryer still not arrived, :-(

Cheers
Steven

Sandy Nelson

Re: Epic 590C
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2020, 09:40:03 AM »
I usually ink some text on the same area and let it dry overnight. Then I always put a single coat of epoxy over the text. Usually the second coat.

 :z16

Sandy
John Geirach 1999 "Millions of trout have died of old age before i could catch them and there's not a damn thing i can do about that"

 




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