Epoxy on guides cracked

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Re: Epoxy on guides cracked

Postby poodoo » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:08 pm

CarlG wrote:
Basti wrote:
poodoo wrote:
Basti wrote:
purple5ive wrote:i wouldnt worry too much about it mate.
just put some clear nail polish to seal it up and off you go.
its a fishing rod and albeit a cheap one at that, id run it to the ground and buy another one after.


that was the case, but i've also managed to cook 3 majorcraft and one Icon bream rod :snap:


You competing with Carl for rod breaking rights?


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Re: Epoxy on guides cracked

Postby mazman » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:11 pm

Basti wrote:
poodoo wrote:
Basti wrote:
purple5ive wrote:i wouldnt worry too much about it mate.
just put some clear nail polish to seal it up and off you go.
its a fishing rod and albeit a cheap one at that, id run it to the ground and buy another one after.


that was the case, but i've also managed to cook 3 majorcraft and one Icon bream rod :snap:


You competing with Carl for rod breaking rights?


"I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was.." *pokemon theme music*

to break them is my real test
to strain them is my cause
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Re: Epoxy on guides cracked

Postby ncr1 » Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:40 am

Late reply, but better late than never.

Cracks at the foot of the guide happen because the metal foot of the guide doesn't bend as easily as the blank it is sitting on. This means that when the rod blank bends, the foot of the guide needs to be extremely well secured, otherwise it's going to lift a little bit away from the blank - even under a heap of thread and epoxy. And over time (can be a long time or a short time), cracks can start to appear at the end of the guide feet. As a rod builder, I have found that short standup game rods with roller guides are the most prone to 'feet cracking'. This is because the x-fast taper of the blank has heaps of bend, whereas the stiff metal frames of the roller guides have nearly zero bend.

Generally, I try and prevent feet cracking by making sure that the bindings are nice and firm and that the first coat of epoxy is thin enough to soak deep into the thread. I don't use less hardener or add thinners, but I do make sure that the first coat of epoxy is on the thread no more than 20 mins after mixing that particular batch, otherwise it becomes too thick and doesn't soak in well enough.


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