ROD BUILDING TIPS
Get A Crisp Edge

By Randy Monk

Here's a tip from Volume 5 - Issue #1 issue of RodMaker magazine:
Get A Crisp Edge:

RodMaker Magazine

Getting a nice crisp edge to your finished guide wraps can be difficult. I like to put a small piece of tape just off the edge of each wrap and rely on it to give me a stright finish edge.

Don't use maskig tape as it will slightly absorb the finish at the edges a bit. This will give you a ragged edge after it has been removed. Instead use a plastic type tape that won't absorb any epoxy. Such tapes are often found at automotive paint shops. After you have put on the finish just remove the tape. There will be a very small place where the tape overlapped where the finish has easer out a bit. Just wipe it off with a paper towel soaked with alcohol.

This method gives me a perfectly straight and crisp edge to my finish that I have not been able to get with any other method. ~ Randy Monk

Publishers note:

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along! Help out your fellow rodmakers! ~ Publisher, FAOL

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