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Post Number: 226
Registered: 08-2009
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 - 3:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

my daughter recently bought a brand new Scott Royalex canoe with beautiful cherry trim.
the gunwales are clamping the Royalex and when you look straight down, you see the foam core of the Royalex.
she will be treating the woodwork with some type of finish, varnish or oil for example.
Is there any concern of these finishes degrading or dissolving the ABS or the foam core?
I post this here, rather than under the gear heading because I figure those I know on this site will check this thread first. apologies for the faux pas.
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Post Number: 440
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 8:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Our canoe is exactly the same construction. We got it in 2006 and have used polymerized tung oil on the gunwhales and other wood parts, coating the "sandwich" you describe as well and with no ill effects. When we periodically recoat we do not sand as this isn't a film-forming finish (and so will not flake off, unlike varnish). Lee Valley is the brand we use.

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