How do you restore a plastic kayak?

How do you shine a plastic kayak?

Clean your polyethylene kayak with mild soap and water. Use 303 Protectant or a similar plastic protectant to guard against UV rays and to help your boat shine. For composite boats, you should apply a car wax that is recommended for fiberglass from time to time to protect the finish.

How do you get scratches out of a plastic kayak?

Use a heat gun on low heat or a blow dryer on high heat running over the gel-filled scratches until they disappear. Take extra precaution to not melt or cause any extra damage to your kayak. Allow gel to cure and bond for at least 24 hours before the next use.

What kind of wax do you put on a kayak?

A water hose (garden hose) and fresh water supply. All-purpose mild soap or boat wash (kayak cleaner) Marine wax (Make sure that it’s suitable for use on composite kayaks.) UV protectant (The 303 Products Aerospace Protectant is a highly recommended option that pretty much acts as a sunscreen for your kayak.)

Can you buff a kayak?

Composite kayaks (PRO models), made of a fiberglass or Kevlar laminate, require a small amount of additional care over rotomolded kayaks. Some sections will be more flexible than others. Scratches or superficial damage can be buffed with rubbing compound and followed with a polishing compound.

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Can you patch a plastic kayak?

Using a small drill bit, put a small hole at each end of the crack so it doesn’t spread. Plastic weld the crack to complete the repair. You will need a plastic welding kit with HDPE welding rods and it works in a similar fashion to a glue gun. Plastic can also be repaired with a lighter or torch and plastic remnants.

Can you fiberglass a plastic kayak?

Multiple layers of light fiberglass fabric are best. Two layers of 4 oz fiberglass (or four layers of 2 oz) are applied to the inside of the hull and one layer of 4 oz (or two layers of 2 oz) are applied to the outside of the break to complete a repair for canoes and kayaks.

How do you smooth out scratches on a polyethylene kayak?

Use the fine sandpaper and sand back the scratched surfaces gently. Be careful not to scrub off too much plastic from one area – no one wants an uneven surface. The sanding helps smoothen the hull by removing plastic shavings. Using your heat gun or a hair-dryer, gently heat the scratched surfaces.