Discussion in 'Rod Building' started by Patagonguy, Jun 27, 2008.
Epoxi varnish or regular for bamboo rods finish?
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.
Thanks a lot.
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