I just picked up a used OT Penobscot 16 that has some wear on the ends. The vinyl is worn through and some of the Royalex is showing. It isn't deep enough to fill but I want to add some UV protection. I read a few of the threads on the subject and many advise spray painting. Are there any paints that work better? I don't want to damage the vinyl and/or Royalex.
I'll probably add skid plates in a year or two.
Thanks in advance.
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Posted by: tktoo on Apr-02-12 10:04 AM (EST)
A couple layers of bias-cut "E" glass and G-Flex, mask it, and spray a few coats. Done in a weekend.
Krylon is paddling bible...|
Posted by: Booztalkin on Apr-02-12 10:36 AM (EST)
If you have followed these forums for a while, you have seen Krylon Fusion paint recommended by paddlers time and again. Not that it is bad paint, but I don't find it sticks any better, if as well, as other types of acrylic or enamel paints.
You're probably right.|
Posted by: tktoo on Apr-02-12 10:47 AM (EST)
It's just paint and it's gonna wear off pretty quick no matter.
You might try JB Weld|
Posted by: clarion on Apr-02-12 10:51 AM (EST)
I have good luck touching up spots where the vinyl has worn off with JB Weld. You can do a nice job with it too. The stuff is pretty tough and never comes off. It has to wear down first.
used a couple types|
Posted by: daggermat on Apr-02-12 10:56 AM (EST)
I've used Krylon Fusion in red and green. The red ( i bought 6 cans) clogs and dies with half or more of a can left. The green works well.
Which version of J-B Weld?|
Posted by: PSP on Apr-02-12 11:13 AM (EST)
Which version of J-B Weld do you recommend? I like the idea of abrasion resistance along with the UV protection. I assume it "plays nice" with the Royalex.
I've used both the regular and fast dry|
Posted by: clarion on Apr-02-12 11:19 AM (EST)
... I don't know if I have a preference. The fast dry is probably a little easier to work with.
I've used PC-11 to similar effect.|
Posted by: tktoo on Apr-03-12 7:52 AM (EST)
It's white, though, but it's pretty tough stuff once cured and really sticks to the vinyl.
my experience |
Posted by: pblanc on Apr-02-12 11:16 AM (EST)
Maybe its just me|
Posted by: rpg51 on Apr-03-12 6:43 AM (EST)
but I would just forget about it go for a paddle. The thing will last half a life time as it is.
It's a good idea not to leave bare ABS|
Posted by: clarion on Apr-03-12 7:04 AM (EST)
Once the vinyl wears off and the ABS is exposed to the sun it can become brittle. If you've ever found an ABS bucket that's been lying outside exposed to the sun for years you'd see how brittle it can be. If you store your boat inside it's probably not a big deal.
Main concern right now is UV damage|
Posted by: PSP on Apr-03-12 10:42 AM (EST)
Unfortunately, this one is going to be stored outside - no more room in the garage. I'll probably try the JB Weld and some spray paint with the expectation that the paint won't be there long.
I'll make a prediction ....|
Posted by: clarion on Apr-03-12 10:45 AM (EST)
If you put JB Weld on the bare spot you won't put skid plates on it next year
you are probably correct|
Posted by: PSP on Apr-04-12 10:35 AM (EST)
You are probably right. I think it is the best solution, but I probably will never get to it. If I have free time, I'd rather spend it paddling.
fill it , smooth it , and ...|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Apr-04-12 11:39 AM (EST)
Posted by: 3bearnight on Apr-05-12 6:56 AM (EST)
I tried a test strip of KeelEasy for about 6 months on my Royalex canoe and it held up very well in a very abrasive saltwater environment. I have since added a 4ft 2 inch piece to the bow and a 2ft piece to the stern. Itís been 4 months now and it is working great. It is easy to install but read the instructions, tips and videoís before you try to install. KeelEasy is so easy and tough I will never use traditional skid plates again.
yeah , sounds just right .........|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Apr-05-12 1:35 PM (EST)
....... peel and stick huh , is that what keel easy is ... if so , quick good fix sounds just right .
I ordered a sample|
Posted by: clarion on Apr-06-12 8:06 AM (EST)
If it's thin enough I'm going to put it on the rails of my WW boat.