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Old 04-14-2013   #1
 
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Fiberglass Cataract Oars Flaking

The fiberglass fibers on my older cataract oars is flaking off. I have to be really careful when I handle these oars or that stuff gets on my skin, where it is very irritating and can last like 5 days before it rubs off. How do I stop these oars from being so flakey?

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Cataract Oars

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.
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Thanks. Will do.
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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.
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