Lexan Paddles

First some background. Lexan is a plastic resin and is thus less porous than is wood. It has also roughly twice the density. (A Lexan paddle will sink in water whereas a wooden paddle will float.) That and the durability of Lexan (bulletproof “glass” is made of Lexan) are why Lexan paddles are usually only half the thickness of wooden ones. (A wooden paddle 1/2″ thick is considered by most to be relatively thin. A Lexan paddle thicker than 3/8″ is a virtual club.)

So how do the properties of Lexan affect sting? Because it is a resin, Lexan has properties similar to that of varnish, which is used to seal wood to protect it against moisture. If you’ve ever been spanked with a heavily varnished wooden paddle you know that such a paddle stings a lot more than a similarly sized paddle sans varnish. (The “unvarnished truth,” so to speak. *LOL*) This is probably because the varnish provides a smoother surface and eliminates more of the air “cushion” that most implements trap between themselves and the bottom being paddled. (This is also why the addition of holes increases the sting of ANY implement.)

Thanks to Lash Le Roux

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