The clamp foot Ian was mostly found on the 3’s that were developed for Salmon and saltwater fishing with the workings all being protected against corrosion. However a few were special order at Hardy and made as one offs this being one. It’s a 3 with clamp foot but it’s use is purely for freshwater. It is as you say a beauty - and has undergone a full restoration inside & out.Silfield wrote: ↑Mon Oct 25, 2021 4:30 pmI am with you on that one. God only knows what type of paint was used as it seems impervious to carefully applied paint stripper and I am resorting to picking bits off with a scalpel to see what the finish is like underneath. Not very promising so far.NiceRoach wrote: ↑Mon Oct 25, 2021 3:58 pmThat's different, and painting it gloss the wrong colour was an act of vandalism in my opinionSilfield wrote: ↑Mon Oct 25, 2021 8:52 amI am in a similar predicament John, I have a Altex in a similar state but mine has been previously, roughly, painted in gloss British Racing Green
Do I strip and repaint or do I leave as is?
As Peter has stated, the finish appears to be an etched rather than surface finish.
Fantastic looking reel Peter-not seen one with the claw before.
Whatever condition an Altex looks like that’s fine with me - it’s the workings that should be looked over - but gloss green? I can see your need to remove it. Possibly when done leave it in ‘clean’ metal finish similar to the reel above.
All the best