Varnish for Boo...

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  1. Patagonguy

    Patagonguy Active Member

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    Epoxi varnish or regular for bamboo rods finish?
     
  2. Tom Bowden

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    Use marine spar varnish or an exterior polyurethane. Two brands commonly used are Helmsman, and Pratt and Lambert R-10. You can apply the varnish with a brush or your fingers, but the best way is to dip the rod into a tube filled with varnish, and slowly extract it. Apply three coats, lightly sanding between coats. Before doing this, apply three coats of varnish to the wraps.

    Another option is a rub-on finish like Birchwood-Casey Tru-oil or Daly's Sea-Fin Teak Oil. I've used both on my rods, and have been very pleased, especially with the Sea-fin.

    Epoxy finishes don't work well on bamboo. It doesn't penetrate the wood grain like varnish does, and is heavier.

    Hope this helps.

    Tom
     
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    Tom...great help!
    Thanks a lot.
     
  4. ShuksanRodCo.

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    second the rec of a marine spar varnish.

    -thin it, give it plenty of time to cure between coats, OOOO steel wool to buff in between.
    -easy to repair, refinish
    -flexible under stress, less cracking
    -somewhere between 3-4 coats, depending on how thin it is

    unless you want to build a dip tube rubbing it on with fingers and hanging works well

    -jw
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