Originally Posted by swiftwater15
Wet sand them with 220 Wet or dry sandpaper until the gloss is off the surface. Spray with a bunch of coats of spar urethane.
I did this last year. I might have used a coarser grit to remove all of the old finish. I was concerned that I might be removing too much and weakening the oar. I also knew I was creating a lot of nasty dust. They came out okay but probably could use more spar varnish. In the end, I dont get splinters anymore and they look better than they used to. I don't think I compromised them. They still don't look as good as a new set but they aren't on my list of things to repair or replace this year.