Repairing kevlar/duraflex canoe
Posted by: old_user on Jun-30-13 1:53 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I recently bought a used Clipper Kevlar/duraflex canoe and was wanting to recoat the boat with an epoxy or other product. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what materials that I should use and/or the process used in applying it ? I have heard about West Systems 105 epoxy resin used with 205 hardener. Is this the best material to use for this project ? Any advice would be appreciated . Thanks Ron
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I am not sure what is on your Clipper |
Posted by: jackl on Jun-30-13 5:42 PM (EST)
but if it just clear coat over the kevlar,
The 207 hardener, for patches, |
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-30-13 9:41 PM (EST)
does have the advantage of being more resistant to UV.
The OP is not patching|
Posted by: jackl on Jul-01-13 5:42 AM (EST)
He wants to recoat the entire bottom
I've done two entire bottoms, but |
Posted by: ezwater on Jul-01-13 1:56 PM (EST)
I don't recommend it. And unless it's general fuzzing he wants to correct, I don't see the point.
I guess since you answered me,|
Posted by: jackl on Jul-01-13 3:41 PM (EST)
I should answer you.
Posted by: mrmannerz on Jun-30-13 9:38 PM (EST)
Why not give Clipper a call and ask them what is best for the job instead of guessing or assuming that one of us actually knows what we are talking about. PS - Don't giggle when they say aboot.
Well, for patching, I say I know what|
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-30-13 9:48 PM (EST)
I am talking about. I have yet to see any manufacturer give as much specific advice as I provide, so, call away.
Check the posting time|
Posted by: mrmannerz on Jul-01-13 6:29 PM (EST)
kevlar canoe repair|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-02-13 5:41 PM (EST)
Clipper replied back and said that West System epoxy is sensitive to UV rays and that I would have to put several coats of urethane spar varnish over the epoxy. All of this composite canoe stuff is greek to me. I have been paddling ABS canoes for 20 yrs but my girlfriend just had to have a light boat
That is only true .......|
Posted by: JackL on Jul-02-13 6:37 PM (EST)
if you store the boat outside, upside down and uncovered.
I'd be a little careful about |
Posted by: ezwater on Jul-03-13 11:06 AM (EST)
covering a composite canoe and leaving it out in the weather. It would be best to set up a rack and "tent" the cover so it doesn't rest right on the hull. My earliest solo canoe developed hydrolysis blisters, and I think one reason was that I stored it outside with a tarp right against the hull. One of only two gelcoated boats I have ever owned. Vinylester and epoxy are much less likely to develop hydrolysis.
I don't store my boats outside|
Posted by: JackL on Jul-03-13 1:08 PM (EST)
and never said I did.
Have you guys|
Posted by: mrmannerz on Jul-05-13 4:44 PM (EST)
started those anger management correspondence courses yet?