With proper care, your ZRE Canoe paddle
will last for years. ZRE carbon fiber canoe paddles are designed with sufficient
reinforcement in the tip to allow small dings or chips to be sanded or filed out.
Blades that become blunt from hard use can also be sanded or filed. By inspecting
your paddle after each use and after a hard hit, you may be able to catch any
damage early when repair is easy. All ZRE Canoe paddles are made in three pieces
so a part can easily be replaced at any ZRE Service Center if necessary
or by yourself.
If you look carefully, you can
see the solid carbon fiber edge that goes around your paddle blade. You can sand
or file this solid edge. After the bottom edge is sanded a few times, it will
be slightly thicker and more durable.
bottle of water |
or Formula 409¨|
409¨ works best)
cloth or paper towel. |
front face of all canoe paddle blades toward the bottom is a small dot. This is
a normal result of manufacturing. It will not affect paddle strength or performance.
Always protect your paddle from direct sunlight
when it is not in use. A paddle bag provides the best overall protection from
ultraviolet light. If you stow your paddle immediately after using it, you won't
drive off without it - or over it.
Sand your paddle
using wet sandpaper or use a vacuum source to collect dust.
the blade edges sanded or filed smooth. Smooth edges give you a clean, quiet entry
and keep your paddle layers from coming apart. Be careful not to sand through
to the foam core. Exposing the foam core to water can damage the core.
you get a puncture, crack or hole in your paddle, dry the paddle. Water will damage
the core. You can put a piece of duct tape or plastic tape over a crack or hole
to keep the foam core from getting water logged before a repair can be made.