Tip top glue/epoxy

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  1. slow_floccer

    slow_floccer New Member

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    Hi all,

    Newbie question here. I have not ever built or repaired a rod, but I have a bent tiptop that looks like I should be able to replace myself. I contacted the rod manufacturer and they will send me the correct size tiptop for this rod model.

    I understand that I should use a lighter to heat the existing tiptop, to soften the existing adhesive and pull it off. My questions for replacement:

    Do I need to go to any effort to clean any remaining adhesive from the graphite? Or just leave it?

    What do I use to affix the new tiptop? Is there a specific type of glue or epoxy for this application? I saw some youtube videos showing a stick that I would slice off and melt it into the tiptop.....what is this stuff?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Steve Kokita

    Steve Kokita FISHON206

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    The stick is hot glue....I prefer five minute epoxy. Clean off any residue and epoxy hasn't failed me yet.
     
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    slow_floccer New Member

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    I'm afraid of epoxy... It doesn't allow for do-overs. The hot glue does, right?
    So it looks like I'm just raiding my wife's craft cabinet for the hot glue gun?

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    Man up! Don't be afraid of epoxy, you can use a lighter to remove....just do it right the first time! ;)
     
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    There may be different types of hot glue. I am not sure I would use your wife's "craft" quality hot glue. The hot glue I
    use I used to hold arrow heads on wood shaft arrows when I was into archery. Think about the stress arrows are under.
    I have also used epoxy with no problems. It is much easier to use than hot glue. Like Steve, I have never had it fail.