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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:33 pm • #  
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The rod that I just picked up, along with a few others that I have are in nice user shape with the exception of he line guides. They are starting to get a little pitted, has anyone had any success with polishing them so they do not wear the line? If so what works for you, Thanks, Syd


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:23 pm • #  
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Hi Syd, I also picked up a nice rod at a spring fishing sportsman show. The guy sold it to me for $ 5.00 because he said the guides were in bad shape . Well, I'm sure you know what a fisherman at a fishing flea market is like. I bought it with the intention of putting new guides on it ,but when I got it home and took a closer look at it I saw it was only surface corrosion. I used automobile chrome polish and they came out like new.Im pretty sure it might not work if the chrome is already being eaten off. Also if they are stainless steel without any finish at all you could polish all you want to clean them up. Best regards , John in Pa. :sCh_fisherman:


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I was thinking of giving that a try, just work it in with a rag? It is the rod with the service merchendise markings on it. I think it will work great with a 308 or a 408.


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Hi Syd, It's been awhile and I was just wondering how you made out with those line guides you wanted to clean up. With the weather turning colder ,you should have plenty of time to work on them , or maybe your getting your equipment ready for ice fishing if your into that . Best regards , John in Pa. :sCh_fisherman:


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Hello, I have been busy with other things and had not checked in here for awhile, but I did get a chance to work on the guides, I ended up using the small felt wheels that come with a dremel kit and buffing compound. started off with a off whiteish colored compound then used red rouge as a final polish. It worked well. did it from both sides and was lucky that it was the larger ones that needed to be done. It also went very quick.


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Here is what they look like now


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