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FredA 08-12-2008 10:06 AM

Nicks & Scratches
I recently broke my favorite striper rod (Redington DFR) that I'm sure a new replacement will not be available for.

I have a bead on a pair of rods, 10 & 12 wieght, for short money but both have what I think are superficial nicks/scratches.

Any suggestions for treating the blemishes to eliminate possible stress risers. I was thinking a coat of rod builders epoxy.

vtloon 08-12-2008 10:21 AM

Stress Risers
Polyester resin is a bit more flexible than epoxy (thinking of not creating a stress riser within the stress riser). How deep are the worst of the nicks; will a magnifying glass let you see if the scrim is cut?

Smcdermott 08-12-2008 11:07 AM

Who makes the rods? If they are loomis or another company with good warranty you probably have nothing to worry about. Have you tried contacting Reddington on the new rod. Their warranty policy looks pretty good on their website.

FredA 08-12-2008 12:00 PM

The used rods I may purchase are Redington DFR's. The DFR's were discontinued when Sage bought Redington and are not available any more (I probably got one of the last when I clousured my first DFR 3 or 4 years ago:frown: ). I have a bit of a thing for DFR's that's probably not logical:rolleyes: .

As it turns out I just got a call from the bearsden and Redington replaced the DFR with a 10 wt nano-titanium. It'll be interesting to play with but it's not a DFR

FishHawk 08-13-2008 04:41 AM

Fred go over the Rodbuilding .org and see what the guys over there recommend.
It's a good site for rod builders. Someone over there will have the answer.

shotgunner 08-13-2008 06:16 AM

Sage / Redington Warr
I had a DFR 1308 DBL hand. One day out of the blue [2-3 yrs] the tip section folded over with a sickening soggy sound.. Must have been damaged earlier. Anyway the Sage folks were great handling it. I shipped the complete rod [retaining my tube] and 20.00 for return shipping, about 10 days later a new DFR 1308 arrived. They may still have some replacments.

I think I've still got the email address for the gal that handled things if you'd like it.

Good luck... SG

Warren 08-13-2008 06:57 PM


I do a little Rod Building, but don't know much about repair. But like VTLoon says if the scratches are in the surface finish & not down into the graphite material it should be OK.

I posted you question over at the rod builders forum & will get back to you with what they say.

Warren 08-21-2008 03:51 AM

Sorry to take so long in reply, I have been busy. I don't know what your decision with the rods were. I only had two replies to my query over at the rod builders forum. Both people thought a product called Permagloss would be the best thing to use if the scratches were deep. Other than that they would not worry too much.

Hope this is of some value to you.

FredA 08-21-2008 03:22 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys. And thanks for the extra effort Warren, I owe ya a beer at some point. Flexcoat was also recomended.

I'm still hemming and hawing. It's (the rods) a no brainer for the price but my camara just crapped out, I need waders..... I got a self imposed toy budget.

Warren 08-21-2008 07:38 PM

Bummer about the Camera. A shucks Fred! you don't owe me nuthin' But if I just happen to be a round the bar & a beer comes my way. How could I refuse:D
Glad to help

Smcdermott 08-21-2008 08:55 PM


Originally Posted by FredA
I'm still hemming and hawing. It's (the rods) a no brainer for the price but my camara just crapped out, I need waders..... I got a self imposed toy budget.

Those sound good for this weekend's budget. Just get the rods next weekend! :lildevl:


Gregory DeFoe 09-02-2008 02:22 PM

nicks and scratches
I build quite a few rods and the use of epoxy for repair of this type is not recommended. It will provide little if any protection. Permagloss is the way to go. It is a urethane product that cures very quickly. very hard, very flexible, and very durable. Check most site sponsirs carry it.

Greg DeFoe

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