I just bought a used drift boat (But we'll pretend it's a raft since this is the rafting forum...) & while the oars are definetly salvagable, they need some work & I want to refinish them.
The oars have plastic sleeves on the shafts, rope wrapped, with wood blades & handles & look like they were really nice oars at one time. They have not been well maintained.
There is a little splitting on the handles & the finish (varnish?) is peeling on the blades. Blades still look pretty solid. There is a thin rubber like protectent material peeling off the last 4" of the blades.
Should I coat the handles with fiberglass resin to seal & rotect them (along with insuring their integrity) & then put thin foam covers on them?
On the blades, sand them lightly to remove finish & then put a strip of glass tape sandwiching the edges & resin over entire blade? Would it be better to glass the entire blade?
The plastic sleeve on the handle end of each oar has a split about 3" long. Fill with epoxy, cover with seran wrap, & squeeze with a hose clamp till set then sand smoothe?