Boat bottom paint. Green land paddle

Discussion in 'Boat and Accessory Building' started by RobP, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. RobP

    RobP Paddler

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    Well I finally got my West Systems Gflex epoxy in, along with the graphite powder, and colodial silica. So I spent this morning masking the ends and edges of the Green Land Paddle that I just recently finished. I then spend about an hour marking out the water line on my kayak with a marker, then set the kayak upside down on a bench in the garage so that I could mask out the water line with some really nice 3m plastic like tape meant for marine painting applications.

    I then sanded the entire surface down with 60 grit sand paper, once done I thoroughly cleaned the surface.

    The Gflex epoxy is quite thick, so I heated it up in hot water. I ended up mixing about 350ml of epoxy adding about 25% graphite powder and 5% colodial silica.

    I applied the mixture with a foam roller, it took a bit of work to get it rolled out nice and even. I spent about an hour or so to get it done. The finish is smooth glossy and black.

    I then peeled all the tape, and now am waiting for it to cure. The tape made the lines extremely crisp., with no bleed whatsoever.

    I will keep everyone appraised of how the boat bottom and paddle wear.
     
  2. Oldpro

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    Good news; now how about a picture of each? Can't wait to see the results.

    Brad
     
  3. RobP

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    i need to figure out how to size the pics so I can post them.
     
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    One choice: http://www.irfanview.com/ easy to get started, but full featured image manipulation software. Free unless engaged in commercial production.
     
  5. RobP

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    Well let see if this works.













    ooops these where supposed to be in where did you paddle for march.
     

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  6. RobP

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    Ok took some shots of the completed Green Land Paddle, and the epoxy job on the bottom of my boat.
     

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  7. RobP

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    Well I finally got out for a paddle in Prince Rupert yesterday weather was sunny warm, with light winds. I am impressed with the durability of the epoxy mix for bottom protection. I also had a chance to paddle the GP I had built.

    Couple of comments, I really liked it. First thing I noticed that if you want pull away power you don't have it with the paddle, but you can do lots of fast strokes to pick up speed quick. I found it really easy to paddle with, and even with a fast pace I felt that I would be able to paddle forever.

    I really like how you hold the paddle, and found that my grip was really loose and comfortable. Your hands do get wetter using this blade.

    I did notice a lot more flex when doing some bracing.

    I didn't try any rolling, and I guess will seek out some instruction in regards to paddle use as it is definitely different than the euro-paddle, I experimented a bunch and figured a few things out, but definitely want some pointers.