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Maintenance tips - Keep your paddles looking like new

Show them some love! Keep your paddles looking and performing their best by ensuring routine maintenance.

Disclaimer: This guide provides a general outline of the steps, however be sure to carefully read labels, follow manufacturers’ directions and use appropriate safety equipment for all products you are using.

Solid Wood Paddles

Our solid wood paddles come with a traditional hand-rubbed oil finish (boiled linseed oil). It is very easy to maintain the finish on our oiled paddles and maintenance can be a good cure for those post-trip blues.

  
 
What you will need:

  • Boiled linseed oil or any other drying oil you prefer (e.g. Tru-Oil®)
  • Mineral spirits
  • Clean, lint-free rags or blue shop towels
  • 400-600 grit wet/dry sandpaper
  • Nitrile or rubber gloves
  • Safety equipment (as required)
Steps:
  1. Clean and wipe down the paddle with some mineral spirits to get all the dirt and grime off.
  2. Wait until the mineral spirits has dried (usually 10-15 minutes).
  3. Put a small amount of boiled linseed oil on a rag*. You need just enough to dampen a “toonie-size” area of the rag.
  4. Apply it directly onto the paddle to create an even coating of oil.
  5. Wait about 5-10 minutes then use 400-600 grit sandpaper* on the entire paddle. This will effectively drive the oil into the grain and also fill small voids in the finish.
  6. Wipe down the paddle with a clean rag, going against the grain.
 

Laminated Wood Paddles

Our varnished paddles are all hand-dipped in a vat of well-balanced and thinned high gloss urethane varnish with UV protection. If properly maintained, this finish will last you many years. Note: We use Tru-Oil® on our grips so be sure to follow the directions above to refinish your grip.
 
What you will need:
  • High gloss urethane varnish with UV protection or any marine spar varnish you choose
  • Mineral spirits
  • Clean, lint-free rags or blue shop towels
  • 250-400 grit wet/dry sand paper or Scotch Brite pads
  • Nitrile or rubber gloves
  • Foam brush or China Bristle brush (about 2-3 inches)
  • Painters masking tape
Steps:
  1. Clean and wipe down the paddle with some mineral spirits to get all the dirt and grime off.
  2. Wait until the mineral spirits has dried (usually 10-15 minutes).
  3. Tape off the grip at the varnish line. This will ensure that your grip stays nice and oiled for better feel.
  4. Sand the finish just enough to dull the glossy paddle. Use the sandpaper on flatter areas and the Scotch Brite on more contoured areas like the throat and shaft. Be careful not to get carried away and sand through to fiberglass blades.
  5. Clean and wipe down the paddle with some mineral spirits to get all the dirt and grime off.
  6. Wait until the mineral spirits has dried (usually 10-15 minutes).
  7. Dip your brush only about ¼ inch into the can of varnish and begin applying to the blade. Working from a wet edge, continue to apply the varnish as thinly and uniformly as possible.
  8. Once you have varnished both sides of the paddle blade, take the tip of the brush and gently tip off the finish from the throat of the blade to the tip.
  9. Varnish the shaft in the same manner as step 7 and 8.
  10. Let the paddle dry for at least 24 hours.If there are any drips, brush them out before they dry (usually about an hour depending on weather conditions).
  11. Repeat the steps above until you reach a beautiful glossy finish!
  12. To oil the grip, follow the Solid Wood paddle steps above and tape off the varnished shaft to not get any unnecessary oil on it.

 *NOTE: Rags and sandpaper soaked with boiled linseed oil, varnish and other drying oils can spontaneously combust if they are not disposed of properly. Please ensure that you carefully read all product labels and instructions to properly dispose of any used materials as recommended by the manufacturer.