Remove rubber heat shrink tubing from rod

Discussion in 'Rod Building' started by t_law, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. t_law Member

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    Seattle, WA
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    Hey guys,
    not sure if this is the right place to post this but figured you rod builders may have seen something like this before. I just purchased a nice 590-4 Z-axis rod from a guy who, after paying close to $1000 to have this rod custom made, put 2-3" pieces of rubber heat shrink tubing on the rod sections in order to give him a better grip when breaking the rod down. It's not that big of a deal to me but i would like to remove them if at all possible without compromising the integrity of the rod. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  2. Matthew LeBret Active Member

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    clarkston, wa
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    Some heat shrink can be a pain to take off depending on what sized he used. Some rubber you can use your fingernail to scrape & lift the edge of it then start working it to strech it back out. You could always use a razor blade to score the heat shrink and then start to pick it apart. But I do have to tell you with a razor you do run the risk of cutting into the blank and you would end up with a $1000 oops so you have to have a steady hand.
  3. NewTyer1 Banned or Parked

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    If using a blade, do not cut all the way through. Also, you only need to score a very small piece and then seperate the pieces and start to peel
  4. t_law Member

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    Any chance that the finish on the rod will peel away or become damaged in any way when I'm pulling the tubing off?
  5. Matthew LeBret Active Member

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    clarkston, wa
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    The shrink tube will just peel off like a glove and it should not be bonded to the blank.
  6. t_law Member

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    Ok, thanks for the info.