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Replacing Rowing and Sculling Grips

Replacing Rubber Grip on Sculling Oar

  1. Cut old grip away from the handle using a stanley knife.

  2. Clean the handle with thinners to remove any grease or grime.

  3. Select the correct colour grip for the correct diameter handle.

  4. Put the spoon of blade up against the base of a wall as you will be pushing against this in the next step.

  5. If you want a better bond and don’t want to get wet, use spray varnish to help slide grips on and push into place. 

  6. Place the grip on the end of the handle and your thumb over the hole in the end of the rubber grip fill with water or use spray varnish method.

  7. In a quick forceful movement force the grip over the end of the handle. 


Surf Boat
Surf Boat
Surf Boat

Replacing Rubber Grip on Rowing Oar

You will need the following:



  1. ​Scrape old grip off carbon handle with a draw knife, chisel, sharp bladed knife or similar.

  2. Clean handle with sandpaper and thinners.

  3. Mix SC4000 glue to ratio of hardener 4%  which equals 100gms of SC4000 to 4gms of hardener which will make enough to cover and attach 4 grips.  Use a digital kitchen scales to weigh the glues then prime handle with newly mixed cement.

  4. Allow glue to dry.

  5. Grips are supplied pre primed.

  6. Apply glue to primed handle first and then the grip, in that order.

  7. Wait until glue is tacky but doesn’t come off on finger.

  8. Start applying blue rubber against a straight edge positioned along the handle.

  9. Wrap grip around handle overlap the joint. Run finger along the joint so it makes good contact.

  10. Trim excess rubber with Stanley knife using straight edge.

  11. Apply 2 strips of electrical tape to either side of the join leaving a gap 2-3mm

  12. Apply small amounts of contact adhesive along join between the two tape lines

  13. Wrap a plastic packaging tape firmly around handle. (Sticky side out).

  14. Remove tape once glue has dried.



Replacing Timber Veneer Grip on Rowing and Surf Oars

You will need the following:

  • Curled up Veneer grip from Croker

  • Epoxy resin with a lightweight filler (laminating Epoxy resin) Could be west systems Microlight, QCell or microballons

  • Black insulation tape

  • Small hand plane

  • Packing tape

  • Sand paper

  1. Remove covering (old veneer grip) including any black glue. Sand until you are back to the carbon fibre.

  2. Dry fit veneer cover so that it does not overlap plane off any overlapping areas. Leave a small gap 1-2mm

  3. Apply Black insulating tape 460mm from the thin end of the blade to prevent glue staining the handle

  4. Mix epoxy resin to a pourable consistency like honey

  5. Paint on an even layer approx 1mm thick

  6. Slip Veneer over handle and squeeze into place

  7. Tape in three positions to hold still on the handle

  8. Spiral wrapclear packing tape sticky side facing out (twist after the first two turns to keep sticky side off the veneer)

  9. Let dry

  10. Remove any tape and fill any areas that need filling, let dry

  11. Sand to a smooth finish

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