When you buy a carbon fibre paddle, you must often adjust it to size by cutting it down and regluing the handle yourself. You will need :
– Epoxy glue
– Measuring tape
– Mitre box
– Masking tape
Measure the size of your paddle and your handle. Mark the paddle using a pencil, or wrap some masking tape around. Tape will help you make a straight cut. Example: Paddle 230 cm + Handle 15 cm = 245 cm. If you want a 205 cm paddle, cut away 40 cm.
Place the paddle in a mitre box and cut with a hacksaw. Make sure to cut straight.
Use some sandpaper to smooth the edges.
Make sure that everything fits well and that, once mounted, the paddle is the size you want. It’s now or never for adjustments. Insert the heat-shrinkable joining tape and wrap masking tape on both sections.
Now you must adjust the alignment of the handle and the blade. Put masking tape along the shaft and mark the tape at the joint.
Now we must take care of the epoxy glue. Make sure to mix the two components well. Coat both ends with a thin layer, aligning well the marks you made earlier, and insert the handle into the shaft. Wait a few seconds and carefully remove the wrapped tape, which must be full of glue. Put some tape along the shaft to support the handle.
Last step. After a few hours of curing, all you have to do is position the heat-shrink strip at the joint, and apply heat with a hair dryer. You’re done!