Sanding out the shallow scratches
To do this you’ll want some medium grit sandpaper. Sand down the bottom of your hull using a circular motion until only the deepest of the scratches are still visible. This is a bit of a long process, but the results will be worth it.
Should you sand a kayak?
You want to get rid of dust particles, built-up dirt, and other potential contaminants that could affect how the paint adheres to the surface. … You’ll want to smooth these out using medium or fine-grit sandpaper before painting the kayak. Sand the entire kayak down with fine-grit sandpaper; the paint will stick better.
How do you smooth out a kayak?
Use a heat gun on low heat or a blow dryer on high heat running over the gel-filled scratches until they disappear. Take extra precaution to not melt or cause any extra damage to your kayak. Allow gel to cure and bond for at least 24 hours before the next use.
Can you buff scratches out of a kayak?
Use the fine sandpaper and sand back the scratched surfaces gently. Be careful not to scrub off too much plastic from one area – no one wants an uneven surface. The sanding helps smoothen the hull by removing plastic shavings. Using your heat gun or a hair-dryer, gently heat the scratched surfaces.
Can you put stickers on a kayak?
An easy way to add your own personal flair is by adding stickers or decals to your kayak. Many of today’s Roto-Molded kayaks have a textured surface making it hard to get the decals to stick for more than a few trips.
Will epoxy stick to a kayak?
Commonly, plastic canoes and kayaks are made from polyethylene or polypropylene. These low surface energy plastics are hard to bond to, making repairs difficult because the plastic surface inhibits the ability to spread an epoxy adhesive and wet out the surface.
How long should a kayak last?
While Plastic is resistant to saltwater, it is important to rinse off your canoe to protect the non-plastic parts from degrading. If you keep your kayak out of the sun when stored, and UV treat it periodically, it can last you about 10 years.
Can you use car wax on a kayak?
Clean your polyethylene kayak with mild soap and water. Use 303 Protectant or a similar plastic protectant to guard against UV rays and to help your boat shine. For composite boats, you should apply a car wax that is recommended for fiberglass from time to time to protect the finish.