OK, don't use the Gudebrod finish for ANYTHING except touchup
work on sanded finishes and such. I had to put on THREE coats
before anything even started to happen. I also got some unexpected
bubbles; later on after talking with Rod Builder James Martin
it made sense; the Gudebrod finish sets up via evaporation....if
you put on a second coat before the first one is truly dry,
you get vapors from the first coat escaping into the 2nd coat.
All in all it took 3 coats of the Gudebrod finish just to
get a DECENT amount on the guides.
However, ALL of my guides are LOOSER than when I just had
the thread and color preserver on them. I'm going to have
to rewrap everything and refinish the rod. For now my recommendation
is stick with the Flex Coat finish; the Gudebrod 1-part finish
just didn't hold up at all.
One other note, you'll notice I did NOT use a "M"
style tiptop...Dave @ Creekside suggested that they are far
too fragile and a more traditional spinning tip works just
In wrapping this rod, I tried something different. The wraps
start at the tip in "Spring Green", gradually working
their way down to the Classic Twist "Black and Green".
In other words, instead of the wraps being all the same color,
the wraps are progressively darker shades of green as you
go from the tip to the butt. I wasn't sure how it would look,
but after doing it I LIKE IT! When I rewrap and refinish it
I *may* add some pictures to give you a better idea of what
I did. Then again, I like the spring green on this blank so
much that I may simply redo them ALL in spring green!