Hello to all you paddlers.
I have recently bought a couple of cheap and tatty looking kayaks. One is worse than the other.
The bow & stern have been slightly damaged and a poor repair has been done to these areas. The hull and topside are in good condition without any damage but the gelcoat is looking scratched and worse for wear. The seam along both sides is looking a little suspect.
My intention is to rub down the entire structure and and to scrape out (not to seperate) and re-seal the seams with 2 pack resin. (Stop me if you think this is a bad idea)
My main issues are with what paint systems would be best for both durabilty and looks.
I have searched the net and information seems sketchy to say the least. I have looked at some posts here and have found some helpful hints but nothing too comprhensive.
I think I will be going down the 2 pack route, but I'm unsure of which product to buy and where to buy it from.
This one is generally in good condition without any damage. The Gelcoat on the hull has a few hairline cracks but they are only to the gelcoat and not the GRP. I am a little worried that if left these will allow water to penetrate and cause further damage. My intention is to rub down the hull and recoat using a 2 pack system. (Same problems as above) What to use and where to get it from.
For both kayaks I would like to fit a durable PVC/Nylon type rubbing strip to cover the seams and give a little protection. Are items like this availble and if so where could I get hold of some?
Regarding the fixing of this, would I glue and rivet this or would there be a different method?
Many thanks to you all for taking the time to help out and pass on your hard earned knowledge.
I'm looking forward to getting out on the water soon. I have never had a single cockpit kayak before so it's going to be a learning curve. I might just tow my coleman along behind just in case I need to bale out........lol