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: removing a reel seat

01-15-2002, 08:21 PM
What is the best way to remove a reel seat assuming it has been epoxied on?Is it difficult?I want to remove one and replace it along with the grip for a different one but don't want to damage the blank.

01-15-2002, 08:23 PM
the method I have used is boiling it in water and the epoxy will loosen up and you can slide the seat right off.


01-15-2002, 09:10 PM
Hi tonyd sean is correct on placing the handle in boiling water for sure if the epoxy is of the five minute cure varity or if they used hot melt glue. If the components were assembled with long cure time epoxy it is very questionable as to whether 212F. is hot enough to breake the bond. The problems now start if the taper is such that the reel seat was applied from the tip of the but section it will not come off as the internal DIA. will not allow it.

It will be time better spent to try to refinish the reel seat be it wood or metal.

The cork can be removed in a turning device or removening manually with sharp knife. Clean up the blank getting it back to as close to the original profile as you can without damaging the original profile.
If the but section has striping guides in place you will have to either remove those guides to slide on a new grip or because we are now definitely into some taper you will split the the preformed grip with a very fine saw [FRET] and epoxy in place.

The last alternative is to produce your complete cork handle without gluing the rings to-gether, split the individual rings and fit and glue one at a time, finish in a turning device or by hand. If there only one or two rings that are damaged replace them only with the split ring route.

--------Lots of Luck saltRon

01-16-2002, 02:11 AM