How to Weatherize a Walking Staff

How to Weatherize a Walking Staff
A walking staff is often standard equipment for many outdoor enthusiasts. From a casual stroll around the block to a more vigorous trail hike to an extensive back-country expedition, a staff is a source of stability and protection. As walking staffs are used in a variety of weather conditions including rain, fog and snow, it may be necessary to weatherize a staff so that water does not damage it.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • medium grit sandpaper clear coat sealant fine sand paper lightly damp cloth emery paper
  • medium grit sandpaper
  • clear coat sealant
  • fine sand paper
  • lightly damp cloth
  • emery paper
Step 1
Begin by lightly sanding the staff with the medium grit sandpaper. If the stick is rough or totally unfinished, there will be more sanding required than with a pre-finished staff. The point is to open the wood so that the clear coat will adhere to the surface.
Step 2
Wipe the sanding dust completely from the staff with the slightly damp cloth. Make sure to allow the staff to dry completely before continuing.
Step 3
Shake the can of clear coat to thoroughly mix the product. Hold the can 8 to 12 inches from the surface of the staff. Begin to spray the staff with long and smooth strokes, moving the spray from one end to the other. Rotate the staff for even coverage.
Step 4
Allow the clear coat to dry and then lightly sand with the fine sandpaper. The goal is to smooth the clear coat but not remove it from the surface. Wipe the dust away with the damp cloth and once again allow to dry thoroughly.
Step 5
Spray the staff once again with the clear coat with an even motion moving from end to end. The final touch is to wet sand the staff with very fine sand paper such as emery paper that is wet with water. Keeping the paper wet, lightly sand the entire staff to remove any rough spots or over spray and finish the staff with a smooth surface.

Tips & Warnings

 
There are several grades of specialty sanding papers which are specifically made for wet sanding. All will work well and may even be gradually increased in regard to the fine grit they contain to obtain a finish with a high gloss.
 
Use caution when spraying as well as sanding to avoid inhaling spray fumes or sanding dust. Wear protective clothing including a dust mask, eye protection and gloves.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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