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Jerradlopp
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05/10/2020 03:08PM
Curious if anyone on here has had any luck using an epoxy/lacquer to resurface worn out canoe paddles. The area of the paddle that sometimes rubs on the canoe has worn through whatever type of exterior coating they used from the factory, and I’m wondering what would be the best option for smoothing out those spots.
Thank you.
 
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cburton103
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05/10/2020 04:43PM
You might have more luck posting this in the Gear Forum on this website.
 
andym
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05/10/2020 10:13PM
I thought it was going to be about disinfecting rental paddles. At our sailing club, we now have disinfectant in the paddle locker for our club kayaks and SUPs.
 
justpaddlin
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05/13/2020 11:05AM
Jerradlopp: "Curious if anyone on here has had any luck using an epoxy/lacquer to resurface worn out canoe paddles. The area of the paddle that sometimes rubs on the canoe has worn through whatever type of exterior coating they used from the factory, and I’m wondering what would be the best option for smoothing out those spots.
Thank you."


Anything will work. Many people recommend varnish for durability. You could also just put a little oil on it; I prefer oil on shafts because it has much lower friction than varnish. If you do nothing I think you'll be just fine since shafts don't normally get chewed up and then constantly exposed to water like the tip of a wood paddle which really does require maintenance. If epoxy/lacquer is what you have on hand I think you should free to give it a light sanding (like 100/150/220) and put on a coat or two.
 
backwoodshunter
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05/13/2020 02:02PM
You can youtube epoxy and wow what they can due with epoxy these days is impressive! You can epoxy anything, you would just have to prep the end of the paddle, build a mold around the end of the paddle, finish as you wish.
 
Porkeater
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05/15/2020 10:39AM
Jerradlopp: "Curious if anyone on here has had any luck using an epoxy/lacquer to resurface worn out canoe paddles. The area of the paddle that sometimes rubs on the canoe has worn through whatever type of exterior coating they used from the factory, and I’m wondering what would be the best option for smoothing out those spots.
Thank you."


I did this to mine last year. I sanded them lightly, repaired the tips with some epoxy and used a spar urethane on the rest of the blade/shaft/handle. They held up well through last season and felt pretty comfortable.
 
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