I saw a version of this question from 2005, but wanted to ask again to see if things have changed since then.
I have a plastic kayak I bought used and need to glue the thigh pads back in. The pads are foam, but I don't know what kind and there is some plastic lining on the side of the pads where they attached to the hull.
Q1 - Should I keep the plastic on or take it off?
Q2 - What kind of adhesive should I use to glue the pads to the hull? Weldwood? Goop?
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Weldwood contact cement is the standard|
Posted by: franknc on Jul-17-13 10:03 PM (EST)
But I think the goop would do as well. I start with craft spray adhesive for the first test paddles. then when I think it is OK I spray 3M super 77 spray adhesive and do a few long paddles. Once placement is just right, I use contact cement.
Posted by: WorldEater on Jul-19-13 4:57 PM (EST)
Thanks that's helpful. Interesting start with a basic adhesive and keep scaling up to contact cement. Any advice on whether I should keep the plastic lining on the pads?
Posted by: desertdave on Jul-19-13 5:22 PM (EST)
The plastic lining is part of the 'peel and stick' adhesive that was originally used to adhere the pads to the kayak plastic. You will probably regret attempting to remove it, as it will probably pull bits of foam with it, if you try.
You can take the glue residue off|
Posted by: pblanc on Jul-19-13 6:59 PM (EST)
I agree that the "lining" is probably the glue residue from the peel and stick adhesive. That stuff always works for a while, then lets go.