Just finished turning my first spey rod. I tried out my first feather inlay as well on this one right above the cork. Above the inlay are some simple decorative wraps and the script that includes maker and specs - no hook keeper. The finish extends about 10" from the cork. The finish ended up too uneven and thick as it took a couple extra layers of flex coat lite to cover the inlay. I sanded it down with 350 grit and then 400 wet dry sandpaper. I sanded it down to my liking and it actually looks pretty cool with a light matte look. I don't want to risk messing it up again with another layer of flex coat. That being said, I thought maybe I could polish it to a shine with some type of rubbing compound ensuring the current thin taper and lack of potential fuzz, dust air bubbles.... Anyone try this or have some input?