Have a 2pc Sage 5wt a customer wants stripped and redone. He had the blank and friend said he could build it for him. Looks like he started to put finish on the top sections first then by the time he got to the butt the epoxy was hardening. To make matters worse he went under and 2-3 inches past the wraps on the two double footed striper guides on the butt section with finish. All the running guides are single foot hardloy spinning guides. The double footed stripper guides are about 45 degrees off center from the reel seat. Some of the finish was still soft and peeling, some came off easily with heat but where he laid it thin 2-3" past the stripper guides it seems hard and heat will barely soften it. What I can heat and and scrape leaves a white residue and the clear finish on the blank looks dull. I don't know if he thought you had to scuff the blank before putting finish on or what. There are small spots under the finish that looks like he went through the color and down to the raw scrim. I'm debating whether or not to sand the entire blank and paint it or salvage what I can. OK end of rant...Question is, does it sound like he may have used a hardware store epoxy? I have stripped only a few rods but I never had to strip a thin layer of finish that left a dryish white residue. Any magic potions that will attack the epoxy without harming the blank? DNA doesn't seem to soften it or remove the white residue.
The problem areas are not over thread, BTW