Tip-Top Ring Protection

By David Gosnell

From Volume 5 - Issue #1 issue of RodMaker magazine:

RodMaker Magazine

A rod's tip-top gets treated to the most abuse of any guide on the rod. It's the thing that gets pushed against gunwales, stabbed into ceiling, etc. I have found that applying a small drop of finish in three spots, equal distances apart and on both sides of the ring guide, will really add a great amount of durability to any ceramic tip-top.

When you are applying your finish, use a toothpick to place each small drop right at the junction of the ceramic ring and the frame. The finish will tend to flow out somewhat and form itself along the seam between ring and frame. Remember to do this on both sides of the ring. I have found it to be very effective and no longer have to replace as many tip-tops as I once did. ~ David Gosnell

Publishers note:

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along! Help out your fellow rodmakers! ~ Publisher, FAOL

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