Refinishing wood handles



TVWBB Member
I have a 22" kettle from 1981. It's in good condition, but the wood handles are weathered. The varnish/coating is gone, and they have bits of grease smeared on them.
I was thinking of cleaning them with denatured alcohol to remove the grease & leftover coating, touching them up with some high-grit sandpaper (the handles have lettering), then giving them a clear coat of something.
Any suggestions on clear coat material? Varnish, urethane, ... ?

George Curtis

TVWBB Olympian
Lightly sand mine and then use spar urethane. They stay in good shape for a long time. And if it gets a bit weathered, just sand and spray again.