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How to properly care and maintain the rod. <b>Rule #1- always push pieces straight in when closing the rod, NO SIDEWAY PRESSURE....</b>, etc.


Postby jbenenson » Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:06 am

Since you may want to use a floatant on the new TenkaraUSA lines I want to stress the idea of using the right one. One of the most popular floatants for years has been Mucilin. The name is almost synonymous with line floatant as it works incredibly well. However you must be using the right Mucilin or you can ruin your line.

There are two types, distinguished by the can color. The Mucilin in the red can contains no silicone and is the only safe type to use. The Mucilin in the green can does contain silicone that is 1) unnecessary and 2) can damage natural fibers (silk), artificial fibers, and the coating on PVC lines. It even negatively affects epoxy!

Other types of paste floatants, such as Orvis' line floatant will also work well. You want something fairly thick that will penetrate the weave and remain there for a while. Liquid floatants may be okay for flies, but they don't last long on lines.

Finally, if you do use Mucilin carry the tin in a plastic bag. If the stuff leaks into your vest or shirt or whatever you wear, you will NEVER be able to remove it.
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Re: floatant

Postby Shotaro » Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:33 am

A commercial de-greaser known as 1.1.1. Tri-chlor will remove Mucilin from anything.
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