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Old 06-01-2018, 12:16   #16
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Re: Wooden spreaders paint?epoxy? Trash?

My spreaders appear to be nearly identical to yours, mine maybe a bit larger and the bracket shapped slightly different.

Since you mentioned you have Brightside, I wanted to let you know that that is what I have used past 8 years.
I have been amazed at how clean (and somewhat still glossy) the spreaders have been even after a couple years without a quick scruff and recoat.
The bottoms never mildew. Upon periodic inspection, I always assume the tops will be fooled with bird droppings, nope, they are always smooth and clean. Only have had preventable minor halyard wear.

Based on my experience with near!y the same spreaders, I recommend you go with the Brightside.

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ps mine do not have any sort of epoxy primer.
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Iím gonna epoxy this 304 to the g10.... thatís a seat for my compression post Iíll through bolt it in the saddle Iíve made here..any one have experience epoxying ss to g10? Might tap a screw into the g10 for good measure but I hear taping g10is minimal
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Re: Wooden spreaders paint?epoxy? Trash?

I rebuild airplanes for a living. Many of which have Sitka Spruce wooden spars in the wings. From what I see of your spreader butts, weather checking, and rot, those spreader spars are finished. Epoxy will have poor adhesion to rotted wood. Not worth the effort to splice new ends. It would be safer to make new ones. Straight grained Douglas Fir is an acceptable substitute for Sitka Spruce.
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I rebuild airplanes for a living. Many of which have Sitka Spruce wooden spars in the wings. From what I see of your spreader butts, weather checking, and rot, those spreader spars are finished. Epoxy will have poor adhesion to rotted wood. Not worth the effort to splice new ends. It would be safer to make new ones. Straight grained Douglas Fir is an acceptable substitute for Sitka Spruce.
I agree, probably not worth bothering with the old ones. CVG (clear vertical grain) Fir is available many hardware stores in the finishing wood section. Dont use normal lumber as it is pretty wet even though "kiln dried".
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Iíve found a source coke by that has Sitka spruce Chesapeake light craft. Itís quarter sawn?

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Although i am not an expert with timber spreaders, even I can see those are finished. Make up some new ones. First, finish the raw timber, make it the correct thickness, and smooth. Drill the holes. Saturate with epoxy and let it set. Light sanding and use your paint that you have. Put it all back together. I don't know if it is necessary or not, but you could consider drilling the rigging wire hole oversize, and epoxying in a bushing.

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