My canoe paddle, Bending Branches Beaver Tail, has some rough spots on the grip. It's time to smooth them out and give the rest of the paddle a coat of varnish. I'm trying to decide if I should coat the grip with varnish or give it a few coats of oil. Which do you prefer and why?
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I use varnish|
Posted by: pblanc on Jun-21-13 12:06 PM (EST)
Some prefer the feel of an oiled wood grip and some say varnished grips cause blisters (they never have for me). If I am refinishing a paddle it is easier to just go ahead and varnish the whole thing. I think it looks a bit better.
I have used both. My oldest varnished |
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-21-13 2:05 PM (EST)
It's up to you|
Posted by: stevet on Jun-21-13 2:45 PM (EST)
But since you asked I prefer the feel of wood so a coat of watco does my paddles fine. Add more if tripping where it may stay wet.
think if your hand may get wet at any|
Posted by: bigspencer on Jun-21-13 5:43 PM (EST)
time you'll want it simply oiled(watcoed..or other, lightly). A little texture doesn't demand as tight a grip = strained ligaments over time. However this is opinionated..sooooo.