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vito61

Black Hands With Gardiner SLX

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vito61

I use a Gardiner CLX 18 for most of my work and a Gardiner SLX 35 for the high stuff etc.  I've been thinking about going to an SLX 18 to replace the CLX.  However when using the SLX 35 I get filthy black hands which is from the pole itself.  It hasn't had anywhere near the use of the CLX18.  Am I likely to get plastered in black filth if I make the switch?

 

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Iron Giant

Never had an issue with black hands in over 8 years of using carbon poles and I have 3 Gardiners poles

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probbo86
I use a Gardiner CLX 18 for most of my work and a Gardiner SLX 35 for the high stuff etc.  I've been thinking about going to an SLX 18 to replace the CLX.  However when using the SLX 35 I get filthy black hands which is from the pole itself.  It hasn't had anywhere near the use of the CLX18.  Am I likely to get plastered in black filth if I make the switch?
 
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I have that problem, I now clean each section with a damp cloth, it seems to stop it

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Tuffers

I use disposable gloves. No more ingrained dirt on my hands 👍

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AGlassAct

I use barrier cream - gloves make my hands ‘soft’. Barrier cream is a good compromise for me as it makes washing the black off at the end of the day easier!


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spruce

The CLX is a hybrid pole. It comprises of 2 layers, an inner layer of carbon fibre and an outer layer of fiberglass. The reason you don't have black hands with the CLX is that the top wearing surface is clear fiberglass resin. It also appears to wear less quickly.

 

I have both a CLX22 and an SLX22. The CLX is just starting to wear through to the black carbon in some places. The pole is 9 years old and been in service for 8 years. Its currently in retirement but is ready to use if necessary.

 

The SLX22 is my daily pole and do get a bit of black carbon residue on my hands from time to time. I do keep my pole clean and regularily flush it out, even when working if necessary. Each year my pole gets stripped down and sanded down with a very fine water paper. I then spray each section with 2 thin coats of Symonize clear lacquer although I found Gunk engine lacquer was better. Its 6 years old and has had a smart clamp upgrade 2 years ago. I hope to get a couple more years service from it.

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vito61
14 hours ago, Cjtb said:

I suffer from the exact same problem with my slx35. Tried using a metal scourer this evening to remove it!

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The metal scourer, was that on the pole or on your hands.....?

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