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Paddle maintenance?!  What's that? 1  [8.33%]
I hose it off frequently. 6  [50.00%]
I hose it off occasionally. 4  [33.33%]
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Nothing goes unrepaired for long! 0  [0.00%]
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Posted: Feb. 13 2006,06:25

Think the tiny chips and scratches that occur over time won't hurt your expensive glass or carbon paddle?  Think again...

I recently noticed my expensive glass and carbon SET (Surf Engagement Technology) paddle was becoming discolored.  Turns out relatively tiny amounts of H2O have infiltrated the blade and wicked to the center where serious damage and delaminations have occured.

Over time, it doesn't take much - paddle maintenance is something we need to think about. Thanks to: Link to New South Wales Kayaker (no girlymen here)...

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Preservation of Paddle Blades
by Chris Morgan


What follows is a description of the technique I have used to preserve the fragile blade edges of my fibreglass paddle.

These edges are prone to damage when coming into contact with rocks, garage floors etc and the result is the gel coat flakes away exposing the laminations.

All that is required is some cyanoacrylate adhesive [super glue] and a bamboo skewer out of the kitchen.
Using the skewer, the glue is simply painted onto the edges of the blades along where the laminations are exposed. It will then soak into the material before it hardens which only takes a few minutes.

Once set it leaves the blade edge with a hard, homogeneous and wear resistant finish. Additional coats may be applied, the glue dries clear so is not unsightly and acetone can be used for cleaning up.

The product I prefer is an industrial type of super glue manufactured by Loctite. It is grade 406 [for difficult materials], comes in a 2Sml bottle and costs about $17. It is very handy for other applications especially emergency repairs but does have a limited shelf life.

A cheaper alternative is the small tubes available from the local shops costing $3. Generally not as good unless you can get the one made in Ireland ie made by Loctite. Apply the glue straight from the tube.



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How do you maintain your paddle?  Ever had water damage?  Based on damage, chips, etc. or manufacturing defects?


Edited by Capn Jimbo on Feb. 13 2006,06:27

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PALADIN Offline
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Posted: Feb. 13 2006,11:24

My greenland wood paddle ( which cost me all of $6 to carve) does just fine. And as for my other touring paddles I haven't any of the problems you describe...must be that I just don't spend any big $ on paddles.
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snook4PSL Offline
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Posted: Feb. 14 2006,12:53

Hose them off after every paddle. Use WD40 on ferrule, wipe off excess, just before paddle. Keeps the ONNO easy to assemble and take apart. Works well on the KSwing Wing and also, my wife's Werner. Tip from Bruce Gipson. 'Din, I still have that Superior Carbon GP for you. Heading to Conchy Joe's for dinner tonight. :D

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Posted: Feb. 14 2006,15:42

Funny, I saw Bruce this pm. to discuss my paddle repair and a few other issues.   Holding my 2-piece SET paddle up to the sun and looking up the shaft we noted that there was no foam sealing the shaft off from the paddle.

Result:  water will leak in (the center) and can make it's way down the shaft and into the center of the paddle.  Mind you it's not much, but it doesn't take much.  So Bruce pulled out a can of foam and made a nice seal on the male shaft.  I'll need a longer tube to insert the foam farther in on the female half (so the male can still fit in).  

Here's another trick:  put one end of your paddle under water, then assemble the other half - look for bubbles/leaks.  These can be repaired with a bit of 5-min epoxy, edges can be fixed as in the beginning post.

Good paddles absolutely require maintenance and minor repairs to ensure a long life...

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PALADIN Offline
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Posted: Feb. 14 2006,16:40

snook4PSL
I will make it up there one of these days... do they still serve the conch with sherry at the bar? It was my hang over remedy on Sunday mornings.
When I make it up there I would like to do the flats with you at Indian River, Hutchensen side. Anyway have a good time at Conchy's (jealous :p  ).

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Posted: Feb. 15 2006,07:57

'Din,
   My bride commutes to MIA INTL on a weekly basis. Are you anywhere near one of the rest stops on the Turnpike? If so, Evelyn has volunteered to meet you and give you the GP. :cool: Don't know about the conch/sherrycombo. I don't indulge. Will probably fish Hutchinson Island, maybe Bear Point, tomorrow. Jimbo, I'll take a look at the KSwing Wing today and check for problems. You might want to tell your NSW source that he can increase the shelf life of the Prism 406, if he stores it in the refrigerator.  :D


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PALADIN Offline
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Posted: Feb. 15 2006,19:36

Snook
wonderful offer from you and your wife. I am out of town (Texas...ducking Cheneys bullets :D ) I'll holler when I get back thanks!!

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Posted: Feb. 16 2006,16:16

Paladin you do look like a quail!!! I love ya, Jimmy and you're probably gonna be pissed at me for asking/saying this, but it seems you've gone elitist on us. I this so? Where is that aw shuckser regular guy with the yaller OKTW and the regular paddle? Is he still there? ???
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Posted: Dec. 16 2006,20:05

Got to admit that I hadn't even thought of it. The paddle I have isn't a fancy one...yet. I've been looking at carbon paddles for awhile now though.

Thanks for the info Jimbo. I'll keep it in mind when I do get a good paddle.
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