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PostPosted: August 26th, 2006, 11:23 am 
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I want to put fibreglass on the edge of my paddle to give it a little extra protection.

The only material I can get locally in small quantities is the car repair stuff at canadian tire which is a palyester resin. Will this be good enough for what I want to do?

Also, to I need to re-seal the paddle with marine varnish to get a good seal at the edge of the fibreglass section?

Fred


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PostPosted: August 27th, 2006, 5:27 pm 
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I wrote a piece about "beading" the edges of a paddle a while back. I think it was in the equipment forum. If you can find it it may help you. Maybe some one can remember when and where I posted it.

I hope other people retain their memory better than I when they get old. :D

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PostPosted: August 27th, 2006, 7:05 pm 
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March 28 2005. Your memory is pretty good! I wouldnt even remember that I said anything that long ago! Here is what you wrote, John!

"I have had good success with beading the edge of paddles with glass roving (unidirectional fibers- you can get these by pulling strands of glass out of a piece of cloth) sanding them down till they are flush with the wood surface and then laying light cloth on both sides at the tip to reduce splitting. away. This way you do not have to wrap the cloth around the blade which is very difficult for anything with much curvature. You need an edge that is at least 1/8" + thick to get a good bead to stay attached

To see beading done by pros look at skegs on surf boards.

For paddles that I intend to abuse severely I glue a strip of Lexan to teh tip, shape it and then glass both sides. Lexan is darned close to indestructable on impact and you really have whack the paddle to break it off. It does add a bit of weight though."


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PostPosted: August 28th, 2006, 4:59 pm 
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Thanks Kim, I would not have even known where to look. :D

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