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Paddle - varnish vs oil

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Bringing this out as a new thread to increase visibility. I'm curious about this:

What's the best way to preserve the wood paddles? Is it like axe handles, where the poly coat is best sanded off and a few coats of oil applied?

I've always used paddles with a factory varnish shaft and grip. But I get blisters on long trips, so if changing to an oil finish might help I'll give it a try.

Thoughts?
 
I gave up on varnish many years ago. I've been using tung oil with good results. I use it on the whole paddle, not just the grip.
 
Bringing this out as a new thread to increase visibility. I'm curious about this:



I've always used paddles with a factory varnish shaft and grip. But I get blisters on long trips, so if changing to an oil finish might help I'll give it a try.

Thoughts?
I use both. I use spar varnish on the blade and Watco oil on the shaft. I tape off the blade/shaft transition area before varnishing. It gives a nice sharp line where the varnish ends. Then I oil the shaft
 
I have oiled the handle of my cherry wood paddle with normal linseed oil ...

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It works. The feel is smooth and soft.
 
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