Posted 11 November 2007 - 01:03 PM
I'm so glad that the varnishing went well. I know the effort that goes into a rod to that point, and would hate to have someone follow my instructions and be disappointed.
I still have family in the area, (Fleet) so if you send me a private message withcontact details, we could meet up next time I go down there.
Posted 11 November 2007 - 03:42 PM
For me the syringe still works fine to apply the varnish. I've shown this method to a friend of mine who is a (house)painter. He declared me insane to thin the varnish so much, but was impressed by the results.
Posted 12 November 2007 - 05:21 AM
At times like this I think of the guys who do rod building for a living and something goes wrong in the final stages
Look forward to meeting up
PS Bring your camera !!
PPS Timmy, read the small print on the can of Yacht Varnish. I say not suitable for marine use.!!!
Posted 12 November 2007 - 05:38 AM
Before I poured the rods I tried a syringe on a test piece. it worked fine to start with, the problem I found was it became more and more difficult to use as the solvents seemed to make the neoprene grommet swell and it became difficult to operate the plunger .
Posted 12 November 2007 - 09:07 AM
These were too big, so i got me 2 2cc syringes for mixing and now use the bigger ones for "pouring" finish on splitcanes.
Perhaps you have the kind of Sikkens with UV-protection?
Posted 21 November 2007 - 02:31 PM
Well hear goes !!.
I cover my wraps with a couple of coats of International varnish and then pour finish with diluted International varnish. I think I need to first cover them with some kind of 'thread filler'.
One of the posts mentioned Thread Master Lite is it available in this country.
I hope to improve the quality of my photos - first try
Dig my mousetral wrapper
Posted 22 November 2007 - 02:36 PM
I put the first coat on with thined or warmed varnish (I haven't quite worked out which works best for me. but am leaning towards warmed.). Ithen apply three or four more coats of neat varnish until the wraps are smooth with no texture from the thread, sanding with fine-ish wet and dry before the last coat to get the varnish nice and flat. Then I will spent a little time tidying up the overpainted varnish on the blank with a Stanley blade used as a scraper to get the "hump" running close and parrellel to the tipping before pouring on the finish coats.
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