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Old 04-21-2012, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After a recent fishing trip, I discovered that I had chipped a couple of hunks of cork from my grip. The damage is on the flared area near the reel seat of a half wells grip. I want to smooth out those areas to prevent any more damage. My question is what do I use to do this? Do I just use some fine sand paper or ? Is there anything I must be careful to do or not do? Thanks, Jerry
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I had a fat cork grip on a bait casting rod. I used a orbital sander with 220 , steady the rod in a notch with one hand so you can roll it while sanding.
It was only a Berkley Lighting. The technique worked for me.
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There is a cork filler (like wood putty) you could fill the cracks and sand smooth. I prefer to sand by hand cork comes off pretty easy and you can change the grip quick.
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There is a cork filler (like wood putty) you could fill the cracks and sand smooth. I prefer to sand by hand cork comes off pretty easy and you can change the grip quick.
It's actually elmers wood filler in the color Golden Oak, cheap and you can find it at Lowes or home depot.
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There is a cork filler (like wood putty) you could fill the cracks and sand smooth. I prefer to sand by hand cork comes off pretty easy and you can change the grip quick.
It's actually elmers wood filler in the color Golden Oak, cheap and you can find it at Lowes or home depot.
if you go this rout the filler will need to be sealed. Epoxy and cork dust is already sealed.
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You can also talk to a rod builder that turns his own cork, he can hook your rod into his lathe and turn the cork while sanding it so it is still perfectly round as well as look brand new, it takes all the dark off.
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