Automotive clear for rod blank?

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  1. ready2roll

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    Is auto clear ok to use to seal a blank before wrapping? I have a rod that is matte finished and would like it to be gloss. If I use auto clear do I need to use a flex additive before applying or is it ok to spray as is?
     
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    gecsr1 28' Aquasport "Reel Adventure II"

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    good question
     
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    spray can poly from the hardware store
     
  4. reel man

    reel man Common sense

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    Krylon has a UV protection clear I sprayed on a couple blanks about 2 years ago and they still look bright and shiny.
     
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    You also can use the rod finish that you brush on ..there are several . It works great , also using automotive compound works to polish the rod use heavy then fine compounds, then wax.

    I do this on old rods that have lost there luster, and works on flex coat or what ever you use... if I get any dirt or a defect when coating with flexcoat or DD2, I let it dry wet sand the area, then compound and polish, its amazing how it comes out

    my secrets LOL, and most likely every seasoned builders secrete as well LOL
     
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    I am a painter so I have access to auto clear which is better quality than any can product. I am just curious if I need a flex additive like with bumper covers and such for the flex of the rod.
     
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    Im not a seasoned rod builder but I actually have used 2k auto clear 2-part eurethane and came up really good, I used it cuz it was a really light graphite rod and didnt wanted to kill the action of the rod with normal wraping epoxic, its a flexible rod and did some static testing on it before wrapping it and the clear coat was flexible enough, but if you are puting it on a jig job or any too much parabolic rod a flex additive sounds like a good idea.
    on trolling rods or heavy saltwater rods that need a complete rebuild I normally use wrapping epoxic pretty light on the whole blank, LS supreme its pretty thin and dont add too much weight on the rod and its super flexible
     
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    MATTANZA old man of the sea, in training.

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    you're right , the cross linking is not meant to flex, that's why boats use poly urethanes, the cross linking allows for flexing without cracking, but what ever works , will work.
     
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    U 40 Permagloss mixed with automotive black comes out dynamite. I have also used it just straight.

    And you thought automotive paint was powerful. This stuff rocks.
     
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    do you spray it or brush ?
     
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    I found one of those disposable sponge sticks from michaels works well. each coat you end up throwing out the brush and cup of mixed product. it sets up quick!
     

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