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Old 07-22-2010   #1
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Help with Cataract oar shafts

Has anyone resurfaced their Cataract oar shafts? Years of sun and fun has taken its toll and the shafts are now rather flakey, which can produce a particulary nasty fiberglass rash on exposed skin. Any information on specific products or methods of refinishing would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-22-2010   #2
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I just use Regular fiberglass resin and hardner which can be purchased at any lowes or home depot, just don't mix to much and do a little at a time, I redo mine every other year, another tip write name and phone number on them with a sharpie before you recoat and it is permanently on them. It is real simple and they are ready to use the same day. Make sure you use old tupperware that you can throw away when done and a cheap paint brush.

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Old 07-22-2010   #3
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I put 303 Protectant on the oar blades and shafts when I clean the raft. Three years and it seems to be working.
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Old 07-23-2010   #4
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A couple years ago I gave mine a light sanding then sprayed them with several coats of a good quality paint. it worked much better than I expected it to, my spare was so bad I had it wraped in clear duct tape to keep from getting splinters now it's almost as nice as my good oars.
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Old 07-23-2010   #5
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Urethane in a spray can. A couple of light coats and you're good for a few years. I like the above 303 idea. Interesting to note that on new shafts, Cataract evidently puts on a thicker coat of resin, acknowledging the problem.
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Old 07-23-2010   #6
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Here are some instructions straight from Advanced Composite:

"The easiest way is to rough up the surface of the shafts with a scotchbrite pad. Just knock of the debris and get them clean and dry. Next, go to a Lowe's or Home Depot and pick up a can of Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane (Indoor/outdoor/clear gloss). It is available in an 11.5 oz. spray can. Give the shafts an even coat and allow to fully dry (cure). I recommend 2-3 coats. The can is pretty good for coverage.

If you have some fiberglass composite savvy and time you can go a few steps further. Fully sanding the shafts with 200 grit sandpaper and then brush painting on a spar urethane coating will give the shafts a richer look and the application will likely last longer. If doing it this way make sure to wear a long sleeve shirt, gloves and a dust mask to avoid fiber irritations."
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Old 07-23-2010   #7
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Best refinish for oars

I had some 2-part automobile clearcoat left over from an amateur car restoration project. It's designed for spraying, but I just mixed it according to directions, and brushed it on my oars with a disposable foam brush. It worked beautifully and looks great. I've got to believe that it's tougher than one-part urethanes. I prepped them with a green scotch brite pad, and used heavier sandpaper to get rid of the chips in the old finish.

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