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How Do I Refurbish an Amago Cork Handle?

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How Do I Refurbish an Amago Cork Handle?

Postby GregM » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:44 pm

The filler on my Amago's cork handle is disappearing, leaving a pretty rough surface. It needs to be refurbished. My "pointing finger" is getting tender.

So, Mudhole sells Elmer's Wood Filler for the task. Is that OK, or is there something better?

Other recommendations?

Thanks.
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Re: How Do I Refurbish an Amago Cork Handle?

Postby jd_smith » Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:50 pm

Go with the Mudhole. Rod building is their game and they are offering that product as the best and easiest way to fill your grips. That's how the pro's do it.

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Re: How Do I Refurbish an Amago Cork Handle?

Postby narcodog » Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:19 am

Elmers is sold at Home Depot in a variety of colors.
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Re: How Do I Refurbish an Amago Cork Handle?

Postby tvdavis » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:29 am

You can also use a wrap. It is cheap and easy and not messy.

http://www.basstackledepot.com/rodwraps.aspx

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Re: How Do I Refurbish an Amago Cork Handle?

Postby GregM » Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:12 pm

I was wondering how many times filler would fall out. Those cracks and gaps are now coated with crud that I could never get out.
So, Thanks tvdavis for the 'rod wrap' suggestion.

I happen to have some of Mudhole's Flocked Shrink Tube in the right size. A little bit of time with the hair dryer did the trick. (Though I recommend a Real heat gun to do it right.)

The results are attached below.

Thanks all.
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Re: How Do I Refurbish an Amago Cork Handle?

Postby Jason Klass » Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:24 pm

GregM wrote:I was wondering how many times filler would fall out. Those cracks and gaps are now coated with crud that I could never get out.
So, Thanks tvdavis for the 'rod wrap' suggestion.

I happen to have some of Mudhole's Flocked Shrink Tube in the right size. A little bit of time with the hair dryer did the trick. (Though I recommend a Real heat gun to do it right.)

The results are attached below.

Thanks all.


Greg, wow, that actually looks pretty cool!
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Re: How Do I Refurbish an Amago Cork Handle?

Postby jd_smith » Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:31 pm

Looks good Greg. Be careful not to get much water under the shrink wrap, the cork can rot and deteriorate over time.

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Re: How Do I Refurbish an Amago Cork Handle?

Postby GregM » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:37 pm

JD,
I figured that might be the case.

I'd like to put a few hours on it to be sure it's what I want to do and then decide on how to seal the ends. Maybe a silicon, or something similar. But something will can be removed, albeit carefully.

It may mean cutting off this one, letting things dry for a while, and then doing it up right. For now it's all about learning.

Thanks for your comments.
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Re: How Do I Refurbish an Amago Cork Handle?

Postby tntom » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:46 pm

GregM wrote:I was wondering how many times filler would fall out. Those cracks and gaps are now coated with crud that I could never get out.
So, Thanks tvdavis for the 'rod wrap' suggestion.

I happen to have some of Mudhole's Flocked Shrink Tube in the right size. A little bit of time with the hair dryer did the trick. (Though I recommend a Real heat gun to do it right.)

The results are attached below.

Thanks all.


Greg, what size was the tubing?
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Re: How Do I Refurbish an Amago Cork Handle?

Postby rsetina » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:29 pm

Nice job! I like the look too.
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