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Old 03-15-2005, 12:45 PM   #1
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Perhaps someone has re-finished their oars before and can give me a little help. I have my sawyer all wood oars completely stripped down and am wondering what type of sealer to use. Next I need to find the proper finish to put on them, epoxy 'cause of the toughness but what kind??
If anyone here can give me a few pointers it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance Sallee

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Old 03-15-2005, 02:24 PM   #2
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Don't use epoxy. I refinished a pair of wood oars and heeded the advice of an old cabinet maker. Go with spar varnish. Epoxy will crack. Put a coat on, let it dry, rub it down with newspaper. That's right! Crumpled up newspaper. Do that for three coats and you will own a beautiful pair of oars with as smooth a finish as you will find anywhere.
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Old 03-15-2005, 02:31 PM   #3
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I think I used one of the Varathane products called "Liquid Plastic" or something like that. Put on 3-4 coats, still look good after 4 years.
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Old 03-15-2005, 07:27 PM   #4
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I've always used spar varnish and it works great. The only bit of advice that I can add is to let it cure for at least a week, if not two. The first time I did my oars I let them cure for the 48 hours recommended on the can. By the time I got from Macks Canyon to Snake in the Box (1 1/2 days) I had lost a substantial amount of varnish from it simply rubbing off. The next time that I redid them (shortly after that trip) I let it cure for 48 hours between coats and for two weeks before heavy use. It may have been overkill on the final cure, but it's been bulletproof!

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Old 03-16-2005, 12:52 PM   #5
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Thanks folks for the help on the oars I will be working on them this eve. in hopes that the rain doesn't let up. Now I will be applying the spar varnish but do I need to seal them first and if so what type of sealer is the best. I do have extra oars for the boat so no worries about lettin 'em cure. Thank you again. Sallee
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