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Cleaning Cork On Handles? THE RESULTS ARE IN. THE MAGIC ERASER IS AMAZING!!!

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Rubbing or denatured alcohol with a terrycloth rag or a toothbrush. Rub hard then coat with "RU40 Cork Seal". JMHO

Ronnie

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I use soft scrub.  Wet the cork and apply soft scrub and gently work the grime off and rinse well. If you have ever fished eggs as steelhead bait you would know what a grimey cork rod handle can look like.  Here's another tip I use.  When I get a new rod with a cork handle I seal the fills ( That's the blemishes that are filled with cork dust and a binder ) with crazy glue.  I put a light bead on the fill.  The liquid crazy glue permeates the fill.  I let it dry well and lightly scuff the grip with 400 grit paper until smooth.  The water will not wash the fills out and handles last 10 times longer.  I have 15 year old rods and the cork handles look great.  The soft scrub after the seal doesn't hurt a thing.

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This is what I give with the rods I build. Depending upon the material.....

     Cleaning grips

-      Use warm soapy warm water to clean cork and EVA grips.

-      Toothpaste with baking soda, rubbed in a circular motion with a soft cloth is probably the best to clean all grips.

-      For stubborn stains on natural cork use equal parts water and bleach. Do not use bleach on synthetic, burl, colored cork, or, EVA as discoloration may occur.

-      Armor All cleaner (not protectant) wipes or liquid, and also Windex on a soft cloth, are good to clean and wipe down synthetic or colored cork, and, EVA.

Worst case for stubborn stains, can get some 600 grit and sand out.

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I use the Mr Clean Magic eraser. It cleans the cork and gives it its tackyness back.

X2 I ve used this on a few of my older cork rods and it works wonders.

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Everybody said it already, magic eraser.

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Rubbing or denatured alcohol with a terrycloth rag or a toothbrush. Rub hard then coat with "RU40 Cork Seal". JMHO

Ronnie

I agree with Ronnie 100%  :)

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I ran out to the kitchen and garbed a magic eraser to try. The wife gave me a great big kiss! Think she would know me better than that  by now!!!   ;D ::)

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So after listening to everyone i went to walmart and picked up some magic erasers. 

  IT IS PURE MAGIC!!!!!!!

These thing made the cork on my rods look brand new. I dont know whats in them but its amazing. So much dirt came off. Thanks alot for suggesting these to me. Looking at my rods i feel like they are brand new. I love bass ressource and now i love magic erasers!!!!

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From what I can tell after having used them on numerous surfaces, they're basically a soft block of fine rubbing compound. They can and will scratch the crap out of softer surfaces, so don't use them on anything that may be easily scratched.

They do a darn fine job on cork handles though, don't they?  :)

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From what I can tell after having used them on numerous surfaces, they're basically a soft block of fine rubbing compound. They can and will scratch the crap out of softer surfaces, so don't use them on anything that may be easily scratched.

They do a darn fine job on cork handles though, don't they? :)

Amazing Job its like they're new...maybe even cleaner than new!!!

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It will also remove magic marker from the top of your white kitchen table...and leave a nice circular dull spot in its place.

It does work well, but it's definitely not great on every surface. Might work well on the kids though... :)

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My kid had a bad bad habit of writing on the walls with markers and spilling/spitting red koolaid or juice all over the walls in the hallway and his bedroom.

Magic Erasers were a life saver....

Like everyone here mentioned,do not use them on softer or delicate surfaces that have a shiny clear coat.It will dull it pretty badly.Just mentioning that,I wouldn't try wiping the rod itself with a magic eraser to be truthfully honest.

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I went back to denatured alcohol after magic eraser.

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Good For Mr. Clean.......

But not a whole lot of people understand the use of denatured alcohol for cleaning grips.

The reason I use it on all my custom rods, are when your cleaning with water and any kind of soap it is getting down deep into the cork, and, because you are not drying it with heat or direct sun (letting it sit until dry) it can mold underneath (I have seen it on grip repairs and mods)..

If you use water and soap there is almost no way at all to rinse it from the grips so it doesn't stay in them.

When using denatured alcohol it evaporates quickly and doesn't saturate the grips like water and soap will. It lifts grease and grim faster than hot water and scrubbing pads do. It doesn't have to dry before a sealer can be added...

These are the main reasons DG Rod Works has used denatured alcohol to clean grips for 15 yrs now.

Good Luck With Your Grips.....

Tight Lines All!!   

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I don't clean mine. All that algae, dried slime, and fish scales is character! :)

I had a particular day fishing once years ago when I caught a BUNCH of rainbows. When they are bright silver their scales come off fairly easily and one silver scale ended up stuck to my spinning rod fore-grip. It stayed there for several years. I was disappointed when it finally fell off ;D .

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David and/or Ronnie, where might RU40 cork sealer be purchased. A search on the internet directed me back to bassresource!

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David and/or Ronnie, where might RU40 cork sealer be purchased. A search on the internet directed me back to bassresource!

First off your search string is wrong..

It's Trondak U-40 Cork Sealer, not RU40.

Any of the rod building supply outfits..

ie Cabela's, Mud Hole, Jann's Netcraft, etc...

Tight Lines!!! 

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