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Removing fiberglass from paddle?

Discussion in 'Paddles and Paddle Making' started by Otter Lake, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. Otter Lake

    Otter Lake New Member

    I've got an Old Town beavertail that's covered with fiberglass. Don't know the resin type for certain, but suspect it's epoxy. Any thoughts on the best way to remove the glass cloth without damaging the paddle? Thanks.
  2. Canoez

    Canoez Paddle Bait

    In a location with good ventilation - preferably outside - use a heat gun to warm up the epoxy. It should soften and come off with a putty knife.

    Don't overheat it and "tan" the wood, however.
  3. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    You might want to round off the corners of the putty knife blade... it reduces the gouges, which reduces the swearing, etc.

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