How to Maintain Your Greenland Paddle

Since our best selling paddle has been the Northpoint Greenland Paddle we have had a number of calls regarding maintenance. Here Northpoint shares with us their recommended steps for maintaining your paddle:

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Your NorthPoint Greenland paddle has been finished with 1 coat of Daly’s SeaFin Ship’n Shore Sealer (water sealer), followed by 6 coats of Daly’s SeaFin Teak Oil.

Here are some general maintenance tips:
1. First, lightly sand with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper.
2.  Next, using a soft cloth, rub on a good coat of high-grade teak oil for marine application – wait 15 minutes, then rub down with a soft cloth. I use an old bath towel, cut into squares – it works great.
3. Wait 24 hours before adding another coat, but do not sand again.
You can add as many coats as you would like, or as often – depending on the wear. Do not use water sealer unless you have to sand the paddle down completely (see instructions below).
If Extensive Refinishing is Needed or Repair Work has Been Done to Your Paddle:
Items Needed:
– 120 grit, 220 grit, & 320 grit sandpaper and 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper
– Soft cloth for wiping sanding dust off of paddle
– Minicell foam pad that is approx. 3/4″ thick, 3″ wide, and 1 ft long. You can start out with a piece of minicell foam that is larger than this and just cut it down to size. Make sure that the minicell foam pad is no shorter than the length of the sheet of sandpaper you are using – can be longer, just not shorter. Note: by using the minicell foam pad, it will help against creating gouges & dips where you sand – which you don’t want.
– Spray adhesive meant for sandpaper & minicell foam pad
– High-grade water sealer for marine application & brush
– High-grade teak oil for marine application & soft cloth
Instructions for Extensive Refinishing:
1. Cut each sheet of sandpaper into 3 pieces, lengthwise.
2.  Starting with the 120 grit sandpaper, use the spray adhesive – AND ONLY spray the adhesive on the sandpaper (not on the foam pad) – to glue the sandpaper to the foam pad. By only spraying the adhesive on the sandpaper and not on both the sandpaper & foam pad, it will be easier to remove the sandpaper from the foam pad when it is time to change out the sandpaper—just a little trick.
Now, you are ready to start sanding the entire paddle using the following step-by-step process:
1.  Use the 120 grit sandpaper on the foam pad to sand & reshape your paddle where needed, then
2.  Use the 220 grit sandpaper on the foam pad to smooth it out, then
3.  Use the 320 grit sandpaper on the foam pad to finish smoothing it out, then
4.  Wipe down the paddle with a soft cloth to remove sanding dust.
5.  Apply the water sealer liberally, using a brush. Let it sit 2-3 days in good drying conditions – don’t leave out where it is too cold.
6.  Sand by hand using the 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper, then wipe down with a soft cloth to remove sanding dust. And now, you are ready to apply your first coat of teak oil.
7.  Apply teak oil with soft cloth and let sit for 15 minutes, then
8.  Lightly sand again with the 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper – followed by wiping with a soft cloth. Let sit for 24 hours.
9.  Apply 2nd coat of teak oil and let sit for 15 minutes, then
10.  Lightly sand again with the 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper and rub down with a soft cloth. Let sit for 24 hours. Now, you’re through sanding.
11. After 2nd coat has sat for 24 hours, apply 3rd coat of teak oil and wait 15 minutes, then rub with a soft cloth. Let sit for 24 hours.
12.  Following the instructions for the 3rd coat, repeat for 3 more coats – giving your paddle a total of 6 coats of teak oil – unless you want to apply more coats.

13. Have fun paddling!

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