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Howdy. I'm preparing to doll up my paddles and wanted to ask what oil and poly is preferred by the experts. I have a Sanborn Gunflint (oiled not varnished) and a Bending Branches Explorer (varnished) and wanted to ask if there is a preferred brand of tung oil (for the Sanborn) and polyurethane (for both) and if I should I treat these two paddles with the same care or should I do things differently because of the finish on them? Also, do you recommend a grit number for sanding? The manufacturers' websites don't seem to be in resonance on care of their paddles. Thanks for any info.
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Unless you buy pure tung oil...|
Posted by: bnystrom on Oct-19-12 7:03 AM (EST)
...you have no idea what you're getting. "Tung Oil Finish" products (Formby's, Minwax, etc.) are generally wiping varnishes and may contain little or no tung oil.
We use Tung on the gunnels, but|
Posted by: roanguy on Oct-19-12 8:44 AM (EST)
I wouldn't use it on a paddle.
tung oil and poly varnish|
Posted by: FrankNC on Oct-19-12 6:06 PM (EST)
OK I may not be doing this the best way but I do it this way with good results each year.
Posted by: mrmannerz on Oct-19-12 2:39 PM (EST)
I use straight boiled linseed oil on my paddles - not just the grips, but the whole thing (I make my paddles). The first coat is applied hot and kept wet for 2 hours. After that it is wipe on. Repairing nicks and scratches is much easier than with a varnished paddle - since you don't actually do much of a repair, you just wipe oil on it.
I also use Helmsman Spar urethane.|
Posted by: string on Oct-19-12 8:04 PM (EST)
Very good and tough finish.
Posted by: cave_demon on Oct-19-12 10:49 PM (EST)
I appreciate the info. As you could probably guess, I am new to treating "real" paddles. When I was a poor starving college student a few years back, I only had basic, cheap aluminum Carlisle paddles (which are now great for pushing off!). Now that I am a poor, fairly well-fed, college graduate I have the two I use now (one bent, one straight). I also found the recent thread on the general info forum about wood finishing(I don't really even read that forum much as it is usually non-paddling oriented). I'm really paranoid about treating the Gunflint well as I love the look, feel, and weight of it (and for me a $125 paddle is a major investment). Thanks for all the advice.
For the truth about wood finishing...|
Posted by: bnystrom on Oct-20-12 8:06 AM (EST)
from an old woodworker|
Posted by: magooch on Oct-20-12 11:49 AM (EST)
I've used just about every wood finish ever sold and my choice by far is Varathane outdoor water-based urethane. It is the easiest to use, produces the best results and is very easy to repair. It dries to the touch in minutes, so it doesn't collect dust like slow drying solvent-based finishes. It also does not amber. It does take several coats, but that is not a problem. Yes, it can be applied over some oil finishes, but that might be a matter of experimentation. I use this finish on all of the furniture and cabinets that I build. I've also used it on most of the paddles I've built.
Varathane Premium Spar Urethane ....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Oct-20-12 9:44 PM (EST)
Posted by: bartc on Oct-21-12 9:46 AM (EST)
That would surprise me, but I'll take your word for it. Every urethane I've ever used before did yellow, which I don't particularly like on some woods. Water clean up is a blessing, for sure.