Have a favorite rod that’s gotten scuffed or scratched? Repair your favorite rod’s its appearance in 3 quick steps with Rod Skinz and don’t miss the video tutorial at the bottom!
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Get to updating your old fishing favorites with the cool look of Rod Skinz!
Read how to do apply these awesome Rod Skinz, with the step by step instructions and video demo below:
STEP 1: Determine Your Diameter
After deciding which Rod Skin you want, it’s time to trim it down and apply it to the rod blank.
First, you will need to determine the diameter of the rod where you choose to place your skin. An easy way to do this is to use some masking tape.
Wrap one full rotation of tape around the rod blank on both the top and bottom of where you plan to place your Rod Skin (Be sure to leave yourself with a 1/4″ overlap for the next step). The reason we do this is because most rods have a taper, so the diameter of the blank may be different on each end of your Rod Skin.
Once you’ve placed your tape in both locations, you are going to use a razor blade to slit your tape. This will leave you with a nice straight edge.
While slitting your tape, make your incision on your overlapped 1/4″ area to help prevent scratching your blank with the blade.
Next, remove the tape from the blank and place the tape on the top and bottom of your Rod Skin. Depending on your pattern, you are going to place your tape over the most decorative part of the pattern.
Then, take a ruler and line up both the left and right edges of your tape. Mark these edges with a sharpie or china marker, so you know where to trim your Rod Skin.
Using your previous marks, trim your Rod Skin to your desired diameter.
STEP 2: Applying Your Rod Skin
Now that you have trimmed your Rod Skin to size, it’s time to stick it to the blank. First, pull off the backing paper from your Rod Skin exposing the adhesive side.
Next, line the center of your Rod Skin up with the main focal part of your rod blank, making sure to leave equal skin on each side of your rod blank. This insures that the seam of your Rod Skin will be on the underside of the rod blank.
Using your thumb, stick the center of your Rod Skin to your blank by pressing and running your thumb from the bottom of the skin to the top.
With the center of your Rod Skin on the blank, start using your thumb to apply the rest of your Rod Skin one-side flap at a time. Be sure not to lift your thumb while moving your hand up and down the Rod Skin.
Continue to use your thumb to slide over the Rod Skin in one fluid motion until the first flap is completely applied to the blank. Once your first side-flap has been applied to your blank, continue to use the same method to stick down the last side-flap to give you a small overlap.
STEP 3: Apply Epoxy
Now that you’ve applied your skin, seal it in place using a two-part finish epoxy like ProKote. Depending on which epoxy you choose, follow your epoxy manufactures instructions carefully to insure the best results.
This will ensure that your skin will stay in place for a sharp, professional finish.
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If you have chosen a Rod Skin that is majority black or dark in color, you may want to take a sharpie marker to paint the edges of your trims black. This will insure that you won’t get a small white edge on your seam due to the thickness of the Rod Skin.
Another way to prevent seams would be to do a small thread trim band on either side of your Rod Skin. This too will also prevent any chance to white edges to appear while adding a more decorative look.
Adding your own Rod Skin is easy and the finished appearance really makes any old favorite fishing rod look good as new!