How to Make Decals for Fishing Rod Blanks

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Though not at all necessary for the function of a fishing rod, decals can help add a little flair to an otherwise dull looking rod. The instructions provided herein provide all the information required to make your custom built rods look that much sharper.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Sticker paper for printer
  • Decal design
  • Scissors
  • Clear epoxy
  • Small paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Design your decal using an imaging program like Paint or Photoshop.

  2. 2

    Scale the image down to the appropriate size. You can fit several decals on one standard sheet of printer paper.

  3. 3

    Print the images onto sticker paper.

  4. 4

    Cut the image out neatly.

  5. 5

    Peel the backer from the decal and apply it to the rod.

  6. 6

    Apply clear epoxy over the decal using a small paintbrush and allow to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • It is best to apply any decals after the rod has been wrapped but before it is coated with epoxy, so that only one coat of epoxy needs to be applied.
  • Clear epoxy lets off toxic fumes, so work in a well ventilated area.

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