Gloss finish or Dull?

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Banksy
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Gloss finish or Dull?

Post by Banksy » Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:22 pm

I have just finished my second refurb of a cane rod, this time a 3 piece rod which carries the name "Ace" Featherweight on what remains of the label.
There is no makers name, but it is a very light and I look forward to trying it out on the river.
13' in length, whole cane butt and middle joints with a whole cane tip with split cane spiced into it.

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I do like the gloss finish, but have read so many times that rods should NOT shine, the flash putting down fish.
Ideally I should have used a matt or semi-matt varnish, but it's too late now.
Richard Walker suggests rubbing with a silica powder of about 120 grit, but I have experimented with rubbing a varnished test piece with the finest wire wool, and achieved quite a nice dull finish.
Are there any other methods recommended for removing the shine?

Also, I have another rod where the top joint is similar, whole cane with split cane spliced in, but the split cane has delaminated badly.
Is it feasible to remove the split cane part, in order to insert a new split cane section?

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Match Aerial
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Re: Gloss finish or Dull?

Post by Match Aerial » Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:34 pm

You can take the shine of the rod with 0000 wire wool , buff it back to a satin finish with beeswax.
You must make sure the varnish is hard before you try it it. Leave the rod for a month or more to be sure first.

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Re: Gloss finish or Dull?

Post by Beresford » Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:40 pm

Gloss repels water better. I wouldn't worry too much about the finish. In my experience of hours and hours angling in very close for cautious fish they are more likely to be bothered by your hands moving.
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Re: Gloss finish or Dull?

Post by Pallenpool » Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:54 pm

It is all down to your preference - Matt or gloss if you’ve made it you will like any finish, as Beresford says it will not matter a jot to the fish -
A lovely job whichever finish you opt for.
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Re: Gloss finish or Dull?

Post by ReelMaker » Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:09 pm

Evening friends,I did see an Constable Ace for sale ,a few years ago on Steve Middletons stop ,perhaps that's the maker of the rod here now.Reelmaker

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Re: Gloss finish or Dull?

Post by Penninelad » Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:25 pm

We all have our favourite finishes and varnishes but I swear by Wilkos Matt Yacht varnish.A small tin at a cost of about £4 will do many coats on many rods.
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Re: Gloss finish or Dull?

Post by Match Aerial » Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:29 pm

Like other have said I am not sure it matters much gloss or Matt. It's definetly movement that frightened fish in my opinion.

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Re: Gloss finish or Dull?

Post by NiceRoach » Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:58 pm

I like Humbrol Matt for a nice finish :tea:
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Re: Gloss finish or Dull?

Post by Beresford » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:02 pm

Humbrol can yellow and go brittle relatively quickly though. Having used it once on a rod years ago, I would never do so again.
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Re: Gloss finish or Dull?

Post by NiceRoach » Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:22 pm

Beresford wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:02 pm
Humbrol can yellow and go brittle relatively quickly though. Having used it once on a rod years ago, I would never do so again.
What would you recommend for a matt finish? :tea:
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