FAQ: What Epoxy To Use For Canoe Paddles?

What do you coat canoe paddles with?

We do recommend Badger Wood Oil for maintaining your solid wood paddles, but you can use a fine quality Tung or Teak Oil Finish product or even boiled linseed oil instead. For an extra smooth finish, “wet sand” the paddle while oiling using a fine wet proof sandpaper, a 320 grit will do.

What kind of epoxy should I use for a canoe?

Epoxy resin works best in a warm envionment, about 24 degrees Celcius (75 degrees Fahrenheit). We recommend West System 105 resin, with 207 hardener. This combination gives good results, fills cracks, and requires no thinning. This is one of the few resins that will not discolour over time.

What is the best finish for a canoe paddle?

Unlike some other oils, Pure Tung Oil has a long lifespan and doesn’t darken your wood, but if you want a darker hue, consider using Dark Tung Oil for finishing canoe paddles.

How do you waterproof a wooden paddle?

Touch Up: seal any exposed wood with varnish on a regular basis. Lightly sand area, apply a diluted (by 10%) coat of finish and let dry. Lightly sand area again and apply a full strength coat of varnish. Complete Refinish: strip all finish off the paddle using sand paper.

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How do you pick a canoe paddle shape?

PADDLE SHAPE

  1. A longer blade will maintain “bite” in a chop.
  2. A narrower blade is quieter and will enter and exit the water with less turbulence.
  3. A broad blade is more powerful and will be better suited for moving water.
  4. A broad blade, surface area being equal, will be better suited for shallow water.

Which canoe material is best?

Royalex. For years Royalex has been the go-to material for most casual canoe buyers. Lighter than polyethylene and with more variety of design than aluminum, Royalex is essentially a plastic sandwich made of layers of vinyl, plastic and rigid foam.

How much epoxy is needed for a canoe?

I usually do 2-3 (0.8 oz per pump of resin) squirts of the resin and hardner at a time in small cup. I use a rubber squeege to spread epoxy and then use a small (6″) foam roller to spread a thin coat on the canoe.

Which is lighter aluminum or fiberglass canoe?

Aluminum canoes are lighter than wood but heavier than fiberglass. The overall benefit of aluminum canoes is durability. They’re slow moving but tough and require very little maintenance.

How do you protect a wooden paddle?

Dabbing an exterior grade varnish or polyurethane on the bare wood can cover small dings in your paddle. Be sure to let the water in the wood dry out before applying the finish. Larger abrasions may require sanding to obtain a smooth surface.

Can you use epoxy on fiberglass?

One reason that an epoxy product such as WEST SYSTEM® Epoxy is so useful for fibreglass boat repairs is that it’s an incredibly effective adhesive. It creates a resilient bond to fibreglass, cured polyester laminates, wood and metals – even when you only use a thin film.

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What paint do you use on a paddle?

Using acrylic paint and a paintbrush, paint around taped sections in colours of your choice. Don’t forget about the side edges of your paddle blade while doing this! Leave to dry. Gently brush varnish over paddle blade and leave to dry.

What is marine grade varnish?

MARINE GRADE VARNISH imparts a rich, clear amber tone that enhances wood grain; creates a durable, uv resistant waterproof finish that wont fade; ideal for interior and exterior wood, brightwork on boats & outdoor furniture.

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