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Old 09-08-17, 01:20 PM   #6
The Ole Man
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You can use poly alone if you aren't looking for the hardest, most brilliant, best UV and weather protection that Mr Lewis puts on his mostly premium rods. If it starts looking a little rough, dry or weathered you can put on additional poly or spar over. You might want to warm it (not hot) a bit to make it flow and penetrate the threads better. Note that Lewis says it takes about 3 weeks for Poly to obtain it's max hardness. He also says some warmth (not high heat) speeds it up. I did a Sage Light Line rod with Gudebrod Rod Varnish 15 years ago and it still lloks great. The Gudebrod was pretty thin and I put on 20 light coats. If 5 coats don't show smooth on the thread you can use more.
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