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Fiberglass fish rods have splinters what to do?

I have a set of fiberglass rods that screw together and can be used to fish cables through the walls.

From the flexing and several years old, they give off splinters when you run your hands over them.

I'm thinking of covering them in electrical tape. Any better ideas?
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BillDLCommented:
Insulation tape is possibly as good as anything else you could do.  Heat-Shrink tubing would probably be better, but it would be expensive to buy enough to slide over all those rods.  The rods are quite expensive to buy though, so I suppose you would have to weigh up the cost of new ones against that for (a) large roll(s) of heat-shrink tubing of the right diameter.

I don't think there is any sense in trying to buy and them mix up some resin and catalyst then smear it onto the rods to give a fresh external coating, because you might end up with varying diameters that could snag in tight conduits.  If applied thinly it could just start flaking off again.

I had a fishing rod many years ago that splintered a bit.  I mixed up some two-pack epoxy resin cement and gave it a thin coating.  I used a type that I knew didn't dry to a rock hard finish, and that way it didn't flake when the rod bent.  You could experiment with a bit more or a bit less catalyst (can't recall which way) that leaves the glue slightly flexible but without tackiness.

epoxy resin glue/cement is quite thick and could be smeared on, whereas glass fibre resin is thinner and you would need to flex the rods and dip them in stages in a tray of the resin, but then you would have a problem with drips and runs trying to prop them up or lay them across something to dry.

Heatshrink tubing is more resilient than winding electrical insulation tape around the rods, but it would eventually wear and split in places where it scraped on things.  It retains a slightly rubbery feel, even when shrunk very tightly, and you would lose the "slippery" feel of fibreglass rods and they could make cabling "stickier".

Actually, I quickly looked at heatshrink tubing online.  I can't recall the diameter of those cable feeding rods, but say they are about 8mm and 9mm tubing could be slid over them.  It would cost me in the UK about £1.50 for each metre of tubing, and I think each section of your glass fibre rods is probably about 1.5 metres.  You could go with a greater diameter and just make sure that the original to shrunk ratio would give a very tight fit.  3:1 is about the usual ratio.  Maybe it wouldn't be that expensive.  You can also get tubing that has a glue inside it and forms an incredibly tight fit, but it is more expensive and would be very hard to cut and peel off if you needed to.

Can't think in any other methods.
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Darr247Commented:
I'm not sure if just a fresh layer of gelcoat will repair them or not... I would take a 3/8'' PVC pipe a little shorter than the rods (about half the length of the ferrule shorter) and cap one end shut, then fill it about halfway with gelcoat
e.g.
http://www.wholesalemarine.com/pc/F-E-5673/270003/Gel+Coat+Repair+Products/Premium+Gel-Kote+White.html

dip the rods in male threads down, and fill the pipe to just overlap the edge of the female thread ferrule with gelcoat at this point. After extracting, wipe the threads clean with a little acetone on a towel (I wouldn't even bother trying to mask the threads; 100% acetone remover is typically available in the nail polish aisle), then hang them to dry by turning them onto screws of the correct thread stuck through a board. You'll probably have to top it off with gelcoat for every rod... but dipping them like that should assure complete even coverage. There ought to be enough in a pint can for a couple coats, anyway... it should take only an ounce or so in a 36'' length to fill up when a rod's dipped.

Once you've dipped 3 or 4 coats on and let them dry to tacky, finish it with a coat of release agent
http://www.wholesalemarine.com/p/F-E-5685/
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Michael-BestCommented:
They are splitering and that can only get worse.
Covering them with any tape will only be a temporary fix as the tapes resins seap out it will become a sticky mess.
If you want a cheap and easy temporary fix then paint or spray paint them with a resin based paint (marine grade paint)
Replacement is recommended or use as is with gloves.
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
Nice!  I guess that's the resin is equiv to gelcoat?  THink home depot has those typse of sprays or have to go to boat store?

is the resin spray flexible (they originally had resin coat on them and flexing causes it to wear out?)
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Michael-BestCommented:
Not sure that home depot stock marine grade paints.
Marine grade resin paints made for fibreglass hulls have some flexability, but nothing will match a coat of actual fibreglass resin.
A visit to a boat store is a good idea then you can discuss your needs and decide on cost vs performance.
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys.   For the few times I use them, I'll try electrical tape..... Then buy new if that doesn't work... I'll screw up trying a to dip them
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BillDLCommented:
Thank you BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelp
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
OHHHHHH!!!!!  Check this out.  called the manufacturer - Klein and they said it had lifetime warranty.  bring it to a distributor (even if you didn't buy it there) and they (should) replace them.  We'll see if that happens.  they are klein, and they are yellow, but beyond that, I don't have the original clear storage tube.  We'll see if the distributor gives me a hard time.  they gave me 3 distrubutors names in my area so I can try each.  'sorry we don't have it in stock', etc.
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BillDLCommented:
Wow!  That would be good if the manufacturer stands by their warranty.  I hope so.
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