How Do You Paint a Blank Fishing Rod?

Painting a blank fishing rod is an easy yet rewarding task that can help customize your fishing experience. Whether you’re looking to make an old rod look new, or just add some color to your favorite brand, painting a blank fishing rod is a great way to show off your style and individualize your gear.

Before you begin painting, make sure you have all of the necessary supplies gathered and ready. You’ll need water-based spray paint, painter’s tape, fine grit sandpaper, and a lint-free cloth. Additionally, it’s helpful to have newspaper or drop cloths laid out prior to beginning the project.

Now that you have all of the supplies ready, it’s time to start prepping the rod for painting. Begin by wiping down the blank with a lint-free cloth and warm soapy water.

This will remove any dirt or residue that may be stuck on the surface of the rod. Once all of the dirt has been removed, use sandpaper to lightly scuff up any glossy areas on the blank.

Next, use painter’s tape to cover any areas you don’t want painted such as guides or reel seats. Make sure all edges are securely taped off so no paint seeps through onto other parts of the rod.


Now it’s time for the fun part – painting! Choose a well-ventilated area outdoors or in a garage and lay down newspaper or drop cloths beneath where you will be spraying paint. Shake up your spray paint and hold it at least 10 inches away from the surface of your rod while spraying in light even strokes from left to right.

Allow each coat of paint to dry completely before adding another coat – typically about 15 minutes in between coats is best.


Once you’ve achieved your desired look with multiple coats of spray paint, allow it all to dry for at least 24 hours before handling. Carefully remove any painter’s tape and residue from around guides or reel seats using tweezers or pliers.


Painting a blank fishing rod is not only fun but also an easy process if done correctly with patience and preparation. By following these simple steps, anyone can make an old rod look new again or add some unique color and style to their favorite brand.

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Emma Gibson