Fly Fishing Forum

Fly Fishing Forum (
-   the Rod Rack (
-   -   Help Please (

fishinfool 01-16-2008 08:20 AM

Help Please
I have a rod that I want to re-finish over this winter. Could someone suggest the best approach to remove the old wraps on the guides, I am guessing just cutting through on top of the guide foot and then unwinding, and then what to use to get the residue of the coating off the blank?
Thanks in advance for your assistance.

petevicar 01-16-2008 01:03 PM

I assume that you have a normal carbon rod with the wraps sealed with epoxy. I have softened old wraps by heating them with a cigarette lighter but you must be very careful.
Then cut through as you suggest. The residue will normally come of with a sharp knife scraped along the blank but again be careful not to damage the blank.


fishinfool 01-17-2008 07:53 AM

Thanks for responding.

Warren 01-17-2008 03:08 PM

Go to and ask that same question over there or at least do a search for that subject. There is some good info there from people who build & repair rods. Pete is on the right track but the guys over there say do not use tools to scrape off softened epoxy. Use your fingernail after you cut the wraps over the guides. that way you do not ruin the finish or worse cut through the fibers and weaken the rod

flytyer 01-18-2008 03:37 PM

I stumbled upon using a short piece of 1/8" - 1/4" dowel to remove the epoxy residue after the guide has been removed a few years ago. Simply rub the residue vigorously with the piece of dowel and it will come off. The rubbing with the dowel creates friction, which heats the epoxy just enough to soften it without harming the blank, and peels the epoxy residue off at the same time. Far safer than using a heat source and easy to do without worries about hurting the rod blank.

fishinfool 01-18-2008 06:22 PM

Thanks again
I really appreciate you guys taking the time to post your suggestions. I actually started working on it this afternoon and found that taking a plastic knife and rubbing over the area where the wraps had been worked much like you say the dowel rod did. I am about half way through removing the old wraps.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:32 AM.

vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright (All Rights Reserved)