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In Topic: 13' spey rod project

02 March 2013 - 09:19 AM

Very nice work!!! thumbsup.gif

In Topic: Heating Spar Varnish dip tube

16 February 2013 - 08:00 PM

QUOTE (canerodscom @ Feb 16 2013, 08:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm going to make a few guesses here based on a few hundred rods through the dip tubes in my shop.

Guess #1 -- you are using a Spar Urethane like Helmsman by Minwax. Is that correct?

Guess #2 -- you have at least slightly thinned the Spar Urethane with some sort of solvent.

Can you confirm or deny my guesses?


Yes to the Helmsman's Spar Urethane also have Minwax Spar Varnish.

No. neither is thinned at all.

In Topic: feather decoration question

15 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

I found some in a local fly shop.. not too many nice ones and what was there was expensive to do 1 feather inlay.

I then went to a couple arts and crafts shop in my area.. Found tons of feathers of all kinds.. ex. Michael's was one store.

In Topic: Heating Spar Varnish dip tube

12 February 2013 - 03:00 PM

QUOTE (matt_a @ Feb 12 2013, 10:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I deep plung with some speed and force and never have air bubbles.... dunno.gif

In fact, I've never had problems with air bubbles. Might it be another problem?..air trapped in your guide wrappings?

As far as temp..just normal room temp pending the season..I don't thin..in fact my varnish is a bit thick, time for a new batch. I retrieve at about 3-4 inches per min.

I probably just jinxed myself on the new batch!!

I actually have no clue anymore on where these tiny bubbles come from and cling to the rod.

I even made a new dip tube with new spar a few months ago. Not thinned either.

As for the wraps. Silk Thread with 3 coats of CP and then usually 2 coats of spar on the wraps and then the dipping.

I tried a slow retrieve and a faster retrieve with a rotisserie motor. Still see them. Although the slower retrieve seems a little better, also it's a thinner coating.

My room temp. is about 68* in the shop.

Kinda getting disgusted with it and starting to consider the old latex glove and just rubbing it on instead of the dipping process.

In Topic: Heating Spar Varnish dip tube

11 February 2013 - 08:59 PM

Ok Thank you again..... So many different methods.
My last dipping was 2 weeks ago and I heated the tube with an electric ceramic heater. Then turned it off when I turned on the rotisserie...

That seemed to work pretty well, although I still battle the tiny air bubbles... wallbash.gif

Maybe my problem is the initial plunge is too fast... ???? Something to check when I dip again...