Keel Guard

Discussion in 'Boat and Accessory Building' started by Evan, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. Evan

    Evan New Member

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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
     
  2. JohnAbercrombie

    JohnAbercrombie Paddler

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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/
     
  3. Paddy

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  4. Roy222

    Roy222 Paddler

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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