Used varnish of some sort on my last build, and now the thing is ugly....cracking finish on every wrap. It's a beach rod, a five weight, that's been used heavily over the year since built. So my question is - can I overlay a new layer of finish without first removing the old, cracking varnish? Could/should I use an epoxy this time around to avoid the rapid breakdown? Can epoxy go directly atop the varnish? I could care less about the looks of this rod, but care greatly that it stays mechanically solid for another several years of hard use.