ROD BUILDING TIPS
Wrap Strength with CP

By Tom Kirkman

Here's a question from the Volume 3 - Issue #4 issue of RodMaker magazine:

RodMaker Magazine

"Previously you hae stated that thread wraps made with color preserver are just as strong as those made without color preserver and where the epoxy has been applied directly to the threads. I do not believe that to be the case and know that guides I have had to remove that did not have color preserver were much harder to remove than ones that did have color preserver on them. In fact I see no comparison between the two in terms of strength. Wraps made without color preserver are just stronger than those made with it." Rick . . .Lawrenceville, GA

What I said was that wraps made with color preserver were plenty strong enough to do the job that needed to be done, not that they were as strong as wraps where epoxy was applied directly to the thread. I have never believed that using color preserver on a thread wrap was necessarily a recipe for disaster and can point to dozens and dozens of big fame trolling rods I have made, all with color preserver applied to the threads, that have weathered well over a decade of hard use against large fish and regular use under adverse conditions, that are in as good shape today as they were when I made them.

There are other variables to consider of course. Are you talking about a color preserver that fully penetrates the thread and bonds to the blank? Are you talking about an epoxy that also fully penetrates the thread all the way thorugh the blank, or one that fails to penetrate and only sits on top and partially in the threads? I am sure there are cases of failure where color preserver was not used and vice versa. What I do know, is that properly applied and finished, wraps made with color preserver will do an adequate job on most fishing rods under most types of use. ~ Tom Kirkman

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