Keel Guard

Evan

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Hi all,

I am looking for recommendations on what type of epoxy to use as a keel guard on my thermal-formed kayak. I have some J-B Weld putty, but I am not convinced that is going to work. Any input is greatly appreciated.

Thank you kindly,
Evan
 

JohnAbercrombie

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Evan-
I've never worked with epoxy on a thermoform kayak. One problem I'd anticipate is that you'd have to match the flexibility of the epoxy to the thermoform material. (Possibly G-Flex epoxy?).

If it were my boat, I'd probably use KeelEazy tape.
http://www.keeleazy.com/
 

Roy222

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By Thermoform Kayak , do you mean heat formed?
If so, the kayak was probably made from a high density polyethylene or something like that.
(a lot like a plastic gallon jug or milk carton or a zip lock bag)
So you will need a strong adhesive like Keeleazy mentioned above.
If you use any adhesive product follow the instructions. The key to success with any adhesive
is a complete wet out between surfaces and that can take time. I would let the boat set for a couple of days, if not,
for a week, after applying the adhesive material.
For an example:
You can put tape on something and pull it off right away (if you are quick), but let that tape set on the surface
a minute or two - it will not come off.

Roy
 
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