Originally Posted by TupperwareBill
Get some fiberglass resin and hardener and coat them with that (about 30$ a gal).
no, fiberglass resin isn't uv resistant. and will peal fairly quickly. (you can use it, but you then need to cover it with something like spar). I have done two pairs with resin and it comes out nice but is in no way worth the effort (especially since you then have to spar them anyways.)
I've refinished lots of cat's and sawyers. I just lightly rub with sand paper, wipe with a cloth and coat with a can of spray on spar urethane - usually the minwax brand on my local hardware store shelf for $10. I can usually get 2-3 light coats on a pair with one can. That'll last several years. They're oars, they get beat up - I see no reason to spend hours refinishing them... in reality you don't really need to refinish sawyers as they are fabric backed and have to get REALLY weather before you'll get glass splinters. Cat's splinter very easily. Every pair I've had or used on a regular basis has splintered. it's an easy fix, but it's why I prefer sawyers.