we used hypalon in san diego alot because we would put shrink tubing over top, the hypalon that we used instead of letting it stretch back out after putting it on usually you would go ahead and stretch it back out, but we keep it shrunk down till the epoxy dries to make it a "stiffer" grip.
Men: I can't tell when the video was made i.e. no indication of date on the video or package.
Kevin: I have not started the rods for my Grandsons. However, I did buy a kit and I'm trying to put it together for practice and I am learning quickly that I need a work bench that I can pull a chair up to do the work. The old legs get tired easily. Looking forward to meeting you.