I recently purchased a new canoe with a Kevlar hull (Swift, Algonquin 16). I'm looking to buy a protectant to keep UV rays from degrading the boat, and I plan to use the protectant twice a year (end of season and mid-season). I also have a vinyl decal on the hull that warns to not use waxes or polishes that contain petroleum distillates. I have also read that traditional car waxes and polishes may yellow boat finishes over time. The canoe is stored in a garage when it isn't in use.
I've been looking at a few different products, but most of them contain petroleum distillates. So far I've ruled out:
I've done some searching, and this is what I'm looking at:
-303® Aerospace Protectant
So - what has been your experience with protecting your Kevlar boat, and what do you recommend?
PFD's (Life Jackets)
Reflective Hull Decals
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Posted by: pblanc on Sep-29-13 8:34 PM (EST)
If your canoe is stored indoors you probably don't have too much to worry about. I have read that epoxy or vinylester resin does not begin to degrade until after 6 months of continuous UV exposure.
Outside a cover|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-29-13 9:28 PM (EST)
suspended above the boat. I am not a 303 fan on boat hulls..it washes into the water. I do use it on drysuit gaskets.
I've occasionally used auto waxes|
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-29-13 11:06 PM (EST)
with petroleum distillates on fiberglass or Kevlar boats over the last 40 years. I have never noticed a negative effect. Vinylester and epoxy resins are immune to petroleum distillates. The boat cloths are protected by the resin, and they are not damaged by petroleum distillates, either.
We have 5 kevlar canoes|
Posted by: JackL on Sep-30-13 6:27 AM (EST)
that are all stored inside except for one, which is in the Florida Keys for for four months outside.
Posted by: Mattt on Sep-30-13 8:48 AM (EST)
is what I've used - no problems at all so far
What I've read|
Posted by: KatieD on Oct-02-13 10:52 AM (EST)
Posted by: beachcamper on Oct-02-13 10:31 PM (EST)
I've always used 303 on gelcoat and recently came across another way of applying it..could it last longer using this method? Anyone try it?