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Thread: Breaking Expoxy Join on Carbon-Fiber Paddle?

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    Default Breaking Expoxy Join on Carbon-Fiber Paddle?

    Got a creeking paddle with feather in it.

    Carbon-fiber both shaft and blade, blades joined to shaft via epoxy resin.

    I want to remove one blade and re-attach it without feather.

    With hot-melt-glue-attached blades, it is simple: hit it with a heat gun set to about 10% hotter than the min temp needed to melt the glue, keep torque on the blade, wait until it starts to move, and then heat for another 30 seconds and remove.

    Has anybody managed to do something like this on an epoxy-attached blade without cooking the resin in the shaft and/or blade?

    Some other approach?

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    Default Re: Breaking Expoxy Join on Carbon-Fiber Paddle?

    I have little to no experience building kayak paddles...I think you're plumb out of luck with that approach. Have you considered rebuilding the center coupling to achieve the new blade realignment?
    Last edited by the_gr8t_waldo; 08-07-2017 at 10:51 AM.

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    Default Re: Breaking Expoxy Join on Carbon-Fiber Paddle?

    First thing that occurred to me was to cut the shaft, rotate to taste, and re-join using a spline.

    But if the shaft is ovalized inside, I'm screwed.... and I have reason to suspect that it is.

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    Default Re: Breaking Expoxy Join on Carbon-Fiber Paddle?

    1. Sell it and buy another.

    2. Contact the maker.

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    Default Re: Breaking Expoxy Join on Carbon-Fiber Paddle?

    This is a one-piece carbon-fiber paddle made by one of the major companies? I'd go with Brian's advice.

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