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    having put enough dints in my boat over three days ( about 1 years worth of flat water scrapes)
    i have read/heard about lifting the dents out with a hot air gun

    has anyone done this sucessfully?
    is there an optimum temperature?
    what do you need to watch out for?

    does it really work and is it worth doing?

    its a wenonah rolyex boat
    thanks
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    A fairly low heat is needed and a hair drier is almost easier than a heat gun. You need to keep the heat moving to avoid orange pealing and delamination though.

    In my experience it is just not worth it for small cosmetic stuff because if you don't know what you are doing you can make things a lot worse.
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    It's also vital that you use the correct plastic that matches the boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alastair Seagroatt View Post
    It's also vital that you use the correct plastic that matches the boat.

    ehh?


    I too don't think it worth it unless for something major.
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    Think he is talking about 'thermo plastic welding'.

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    whoops - comes of reading too fast!

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    I have some experience with seriously deformed PE and a hairdryer is more than enough heath for that kind off repair. Youíll donít need to do much, just heat it some and the material will remember itís original shape, sometimes itís even enough to simply lay it in the sun for a spell to get all dents out but sometimes youíll need more desperate measures. Saw some very good results from hot water over towels and some pressure applied on a very much deformed kayak-bottom where the PE-material suffered from amnesia.

    I have no experience at all with Royalex so I donít know if that needs different handling.

    I wouldnít bother for just cosmetic repairs myself, just when a serious deformed bottom is effecting the way it paddles these are tricks to try.

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    Andy, war wounds are fine leave them alone, it proves you use your boat

    Unless serious dinks leave well alone and don't heat the boat you could cause more damage

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