My Sawyer bent shaft is long overdue for another coat of varnish, and I don’t want to screw this one up. I actually have worn through the varnish in one spot from rubbing on the gunnel, so that has to be done. The rest really isn’t too awfully bad.
My plan was to lightly sand and coat the whole paddle with probably 2 coats of clear spar varnish, and then do probably about 5 coats in the problem areas.
I think this is the correct thing to do, but no having varnished, painted, or sanded a lot I could use some technical advice.
- What grit of sandpaper should be used.
- Do I sand in between coats?
- How can I keep the varnish from running when I’m painting the round and sloping contours of a bent shaft paddle? Does it need to be super thin? I don’t want streaks running down my paddle.
- I’m thinking about stripping and oiling the handle. Any thoughts on this? The factory varnish is quite thick, so I’m wondering if this would be more trouble than it is worth?
Any technical/procedural advice of this sort would be appreciated. I just stripped and varnished my canoe thwarts and they turned out ok, but did have some drips/runs which needed to be sanded out. I’m hoping to avoid this with my paddle as much as possible.