The distinctive Riverside blades have blue and white stripes. The recommended color is Rustoleum Deep Blue.
The stripes are achieved by using blue painters’ tape. Sweep oars should have 1.88″ stripes, and sculling blades should use 1.41″ stripes. In hardware stores, look for the blue painters’ tape in rolls that are labeled exactly as such.
Be sure that you have properly prepared your blades per Concept 2’s instruction. This includes sanding the blades with 220-grit sandpaper, painting them white, and allowing them to fully dry before beginning to stripe them with the painters’ tape.
Note: Even if you are striping brand new (i.e. already white) blades, it’s important to still sand and prime them, otherwise the blue paint will not stick to the oars.
After your coat of white paint has dried, use your painters’ tape to create your stripes. Beginning at the outer edge of the blade (opposite the end that meets the shaft), place a strip of tape that runs along the edge of the blade. Flip the blade over and do the same to the other side. Stripes should be parallel to the end of the blade, rather than perpendicular to the shaft. The edge of the blade should always start with a blue stripe.
If the blade has a vortex edge, you should still measure from the end of the blade (rather than from the vortex edge). In other words, the vortex edge should be included within the blue stripe. Important: Do not paint the vortex.
Continue placing strips of tape side-by-side until the entire oar is covered. Strips of tape should be placed flush against each other to guarantee straight, even stripes.
The bottom edge (edge away from shaft) of the blade should always start with a blue stripe, so once the oar is covered in tape, remove the strip on the end of the blade first first (to reveal the white), and then remove alternating strips of tape (revealing additional white stripes, so the blades are now alternating blue and white). Again, don’t paint the vortex edge of the blade, if you have one. Re-tape the vortex edge after removing the full strip of tape if necessary.
Every stripe should be the same width. The final stripe (closest to the handle) may be blue or white, depending on the overall length of the blade. Also, the final stripe may be narrower than the others. But do not allow the final stripe to be noticeably wider than the others, or the paint job will look unfinished.
Use several light coats of blue spraypaint to create the stripes, following the instructions given on your paint in regards to timing of the coats. Be sure to follow up with a coat of protective clear coat to preserve the stripes for as long as possible.