How Do You Put Graphics on a Fishing Rod?

Graphics on a fishing rod can add a personal touch to your favorite hobby. They can also improve the visibility of your rod in the water, making it easier to distinguish from other nearby rods.

Whether you choose to put a decal on the rod or paint the graphics yourself, there are several steps you need to follow in order to ensure that the graphics stay in place and look great.

Step 1: Prepare Your Rod

Before you put any graphics onto your fishing rod, you need to prepare it for the application. Start by cleaning off any dirt or debris from the rod using warm water and mild soap.

Once it is clean and dry, use sandpaper or steel wool to roughen up any surfaces that will be receiving the graphic. This will create a better bond with the adhesive.

Step 2: Apply Adhesive

Once your rod is properly prepared, it is time to apply the adhesive for your graphics. The type of adhesive you choose will depend on what type of graphic you are applying.

For decals, use an outdoor vinyl adhesive specifically designed for outdoor applications; this will help ensure that your decal stays in place even when exposed to moisture and sunlight. For painted graphics, use an acrylic paint-on adhesive; this will help create a strong bond between the paint and surface.

Step 3: Apply Graphics

Now that your surface is properly prepared and has been treated with adhesive, it is time to apply the graphics of your choice! If using a decal, make sure to carefully press down all edges so that they stick firmly in place and do not bubble up when exposed to moisture or sunlight. If painting directly onto the rod surface, use thin layers of paint and allow each layer to dry completely before adding additional layers.

Step 4: Seal Graphics

Once your graphics have been applied, it’s important to seal them so that they remain in place for as long as possible. For decals, apply an outdoor clear sealant spray over them once they have been firmly pressed down into place. For painted-on graphics, allow them enough time (usually 24 hours) before applying a clear sealant spray over them.


Putting graphics on a fishing rod can add an element of personalization while also making it easier for others to identify your rod when out on the water! Following these four steps – preparing your rod surface, applying adhesive, applying graphics and sealing them – will help ensure that your custom designs stay in place for years to come.

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Daniel Bennet