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Tom Collins
06-10-2009, 10:51 AM
I have a set of old oars that I want to refinish. I believe they are ash. I use them infrequently, maybe half dozen times a year. My question is what type of finish should I use on them?

Thanks for your help

Nate Carey
06-10-2009, 11:51 AM
Tom, any quality spar varnish will serve you well. Do not varnish the grip as bare wood is kinder to skin than varnish or paint.

Chris Friesen
06-13-2009, 2:06 AM
Spar varnish would be typical, as it contains UV blockers and is a bit softer than other varnishes to allow for movement due to moisture.

You might consider just oiling the handgrips, but you may need to re-oil frequently to keep them waterproof.