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Ok, so I've got the glue stripped off and need to finish sand. My next question is: There is a small section of the blank that I do not want to touch. It has a decal, model # and border wraps. Is it possible to strip the area around the decal and wraps and finger varnish the entire section including the decal area? Or will the application of varnish effect the decal? Thanks.
Tight lines,
Keith
 

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I always leave decals, writing, etc. on the blank. Applying varnish won't damage them if you apply it very carefully with a brush, clean cloth, or your fingers. Just dab the varnish on and let it cure; don't rub it. You can finish the rest of the blank more aggressively.

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So is this rod done and fishing? Post some pictures...
Not even close. I've got the butt end stripped of the varnish and the reel seat and grip off. It looks good and clean. I took my time and was able to scrape off all the glue residue. My problem is trying to decide on a down locking or an uplocking reel seat. The down locking reel seat appeals to me, especially on a shorter rod. But I can't find an inexpensive double locking seat. A single locking ring would probably be fine (famous last words as my nice click pawl falls off on a hot fish). And I'm trying to find a thread that comes close to the original. It's a tiger striped pattern. I may go with clear wraps and try and salvage the original thread as trim. If I can't find something I definitely want to go with a thread that compliments the original as I will be keeping the original label wraps in place. Come to think of it, I really should practice applying varnish to the thread wraps since this will be the first time that I will be working with the material. The project is definitely on the back burner for now. I'm in no great hurry.
Tight lines,
Keith
 
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