SailNet Community - Reply to Topic
Thread: Resurfacing my winch drums Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

  Topic Review (Newest First)
02-02-2014 06:36 PM
Re: Resurfacing my winch drums

You'll need a medium to ask Barient anything - they've been gone (and much missed) since the early 90's.
01-24-2014 07:42 AM
Re: Resurfacing my winch drums

I'd expect the peel-n-stick to move, since it isn't at all on a flat surface, and it is being pulled laterally around the drum, rather than being simply pressed down. Epoxy could of course always be removed with simple [sic] sandblasting. The anodized surface should be consumed by any mechanical resurfacing, anodizing is just a few molecules thick. A shop that is resurfacing the drums probably can send them out for re-anodizing afterwards if that's what the finish was. It might be worth asking Barient about new rope grips, while you're rebuilding the winches. Plastic eventually will fail from UV and stress so...while they're off the deck...
01-24-2014 07:30 AM
Geoff Ralling
Re: Resurfacing my winch drums

Thanks both for your replies. A local shop has offered to knurl them so that's an option. I wonder about loss of anodized surface with this option? I was thinking that instead of epoxy/grit, a strip of peel-and-stick anti-skid tape might work too. I'm certainly impressed with how long that tape lasts on well used surfaces. Might be hard on the lines but perhaps no worse and easier to reverse than the epoxy approach.

The winches are Barients and the primary (jib) winches on my 32 foot boat. They are self-tailing with some sort of plastic rope grips on top. With the slippery drums, the strain on the rope grips is deforming the screws that hold the grips in place. So, I would like to increase the friction of the drums to prevent the slippage.

01-23-2014 03:23 PM
Re: Resurfacing my winch drums

Faster's method (grit in epoxy or similar) is possibly the most effective for a DIY project. I've also seen folks having them re-textured using an air scaler, a bunch of steel "needles" that are in a pneumatic tool, usually designed to take heavy rust off surfaces. If you can find a machine shop locally, they may have some alternative suggestions, and the equipment to make a good fast job of it. (Carrying around some closeup smartphone pix helps, easier than carrying the winch around. (G) )
01-23-2014 12:20 PM
Re: Resurfacing my winch drums

I ended up knurling the winch drum with a very fine gage bit. It took a while but seemed to work out well. The sheets don't slip on the drum like they used to and they aren't so ruff that they tear up my jib sheets.
01-23-2014 10:31 AM
Geoff Ralling
Re: Resurfacing my winch drums

Jan 23, 2014


What did you end up with as a solution for your slippery surface Barient winches. I too would like to resurface my aluminum winch drums and am
not sure what approach works best.

08-15-2012 12:02 PM
Re: Resurfacing my winch drums

A friend recently had some success by coating the drum surface with grit-embedded epoxy after giving them a quick sanding. YMMV depending on the drum style (chromed, alum, etc...)
08-15-2012 10:55 AM
Re: Resurfacing my winch drums

Lawrie, find a local machine shop. They can resurface the drums with media blasting, or wires in an air chisel, or other ways. If the shop looks at it and goes "huh?" find another shop. Resurfacing metals to get better traction should be a simple job for any competent shop. Then the only question is whether you want the drums plated or coated, or not.
08-15-2012 10:43 AM
Re: Resurfacing my winch drums

Lots of info on this. Try a search.
08-14-2012 05:15 PM
Resurfacing my winch drums

I have two barient 22 two speed winches on my C&C 30 that have over time become very slippery. Does anyone know a good way to resurface the drums to give them more grip?

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome