Whether you decide that plugging a glass blank is right for you and you think that it doesn't matter, or that you've heard all sorts of things about fiberglass wall thickness integrity or moisture prevention. Me, I think it does all of those things plus it gives my rods a finished look. It's one of those details that I make sure we do on our custom builds.
Plugging a graphite blank is no big deal as the blank is not as transparent as fiberglass. We typically will use a dense rubber plug on our Sage builds but the rubber plugs show through glass blanks and just plain looks hideous. We had to come up with a solution that works and looks good.
We use epoxy adhesive to plug our glass builds. Here are the simple steps for making a very clear and transparent ferrule plug:
1. Make sure the ferrule is square and not cracked or jagged. Use a Q-tip with lacquer thinner to clean the inside of the ferrule. Blanks will typically have a waxy residue from the mandrel during the manufacturing process.
|Glass blank ready for plugging|
|Inverted ferrule on plastic while drying|
|Cured epoxy waiting for sanding|
|Sanding the ferrule|
|Voila! The clean transparent glass ferrule plug|