When it comes to finishing a custom fishing rod, the epoxy you use, as well as how you use it will forecast the strength of the epoxy’s bond and ultimately, the success of the rod itself.
Whether choosing between different epoxy brands and builds, or learning about the many techniques and tips that have stood the test of time, there is no shortage of information surrounding epoxy use. At Mud Hole, we are the largest resource for custom rod building equipment and supplies in the world, so our staff has ample experience with epoxy and can fix those pesky epoxy problems.
Epoxy Misconceptions and Mistakes
The most common epoxy problems range from mixing mistakes and application errors, to inconsistent curing times. Since these simple epoxy problems can grow into some huge headaches, it is best to use the following information to ensure your experience is as smooth as the finished epoxy itself.
Popular epoxies often consist of two parts, one is a resin and the other is a hardener. These two only work in a 50/50 ratio, so it must be combined both accurately and thoroughly to avoid any curing complications. For instance, ProKöte from ProProducts is a two-part epoxy that produces crystal clear wraps, but only when mixed with the correct parts and technique.
One common misconception for two-part epoxy is that adding more hardener equals a harder finish however, this is not the case in a 50/50 blend. Any ratio of hardener and resin other than equal parts of both, will result in rod finish that never cures properly.
In addition to the epoxy blend, the wrong mixing technique will also interfere in the curing process. Some rod builders whip the hardener and resin together like scrambled eggs, but this won’t speed up the process and rather, will increase the number of bubbles in the mixture.
Avoiding these bothersome bubbles in epoxy is simple only when rod builders use the right technique and supplies. Start by stirring the mixture slowly and rotating from clockwise to counterclockwise every few turns. This should work to fold and churn the two parts together while also removing the air bubbles.
Stirring slowly and consistently will result in epoxy that is thoroughly mixed. Next, pour the epoxy into an aluminum dish to preserve the epoxy’s life and release any remaining air bubbles.
If the proper epoxy mixing technique is too tedious and time-consuming for you, consider upgrading your Rod Building System with the CRB Epoxy Mixer. The ultimate tool to perfectly blend any two-part epoxy, the CRB Epoxy Mixing System preserves the usable life of your epoxy by continuously churning and folding it into itself.
Learn More About Epoxy in Mud Hole’s Facebook Live
Although combating two of epoxy’s most common curing complications have been detailed above, there are many more hints for finishing your custom fishing rods and our last Facebook Live show highlights offers epoxy advice backed by experience.
Check out MHX Pro Staffers Chris Adams and Hunter McKamey as they explain everything you need to know about epoxy finish: