Cracked seam repair

Discussion in 'Boat and Accessory Building' started by paddlesores, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. Astoriadave

    Astoriadave Paddler

    May 31, 2005
    Astoria, Oregon, USA
    Those tips from John are very good.

    I have only rarely used the plastic bag method because it requires a relatively large mass of epoxy, and about half the uses, it overheats and "goes off." I usually use small batches and deliver the mix to the fillet area in dabs. Then I follow up with a double gloved finger or thumb to smooth things out. The mix being already spread out, it hardly ever goes exothermic and overheats.

    OTOH, if faced with a large or very long fillet, I would definitely use the bag technique, but would shift to a slower hardener to prevent the mix from going off. Most of the time, I am working in a colder space, 60 F or colder, and must use fast hardener.
  2. nootka

    nootka Paddler

    May 26, 2007
    Campbell River
    Another FYI re Tahe kayaks ...
    Today I lost a fitting that holds the deck lines to the deck. The other fittings have a dab of gelcoat on the end of the bolt.

    So it wouldn't hurt to check your deck fittings if you own a Tahe.

    I think I'll take all mine apart and loktite them properly.