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#12342330 - 07/16/17 10:21 AM DIY keel guard
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Will see how long it lasts

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#12342337 - 07/16/17 10:26 AM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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It's the same material as the 3M paint protection film used in the auto industry to prevent door and bumper dings/scratches.

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#12349042 - 07/19/17 08:59 PM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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Gorilla tape is working better
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#12349079 - 07/19/17 09:10 PM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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How long have you had the Gorilla tape on?

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#12349479 - 07/20/17 07:55 AM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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Ha!
Not very long (two trips); but it is holding up very well.

The very best keel guard method (from what I've read on the Australian kayak forums--those guys do a lot of DIY keel guard protection because of all the reefs) is a two part epoxy for HDPE. Many of them add graphite to the mix for hydrodynamics.

Gorilla tape is cheap and widely available.
From the same kayak forums; it appears Racers tape performs the best
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#12351495 - 07/21/17 10:36 AM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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When you applied the Gorilla tape did you heat the tape and the hull of your boat?

I had a Coleman Scanoe that I bought second hand that had been in a small fire and hit a piece of pipe that put a hole in one side of it. I took gorilla tape and a heat gun and made my own patch. I cleaned the area thoroughly, then applied light heat to the hull and the strip of tape I was working with. I did this in sort of a weave pattern on both side of the hull. That was 4 years ago and it is probably just as hard as the hull and has held up great.
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#12351752 - 07/21/17 12:48 PM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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I have a cheap heat gun from Harbor Freight.

Will lightly shoot the hull and tape this evening.
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#12351830 - 07/21/17 01:34 PM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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That's the exact heat gun I have! haha

Put that baby on low or else you'll have kayak goop!
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#12351846 - 07/21/17 01:45 PM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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I hear ya! thumb smile
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#12351872 - 07/21/17 01:58 PM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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Let us know how it works out for you. I would be interested in doing this to my boat as well.
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#12351991 - 07/21/17 03:17 PM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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Well, I just shot with the heat gun.

Will update in a month
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#12358839 - 07/26/17 08:20 AM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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cheers
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#12399027 - 08/24/17 08:02 AM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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Well it's been a month; and Gorilla tape + heat gun definitely works.

All but the very most frequent wear areas (about a six inch narrow band at the front bottom keel, and some half dollar sized areas at the rear pontoons) have stayed completely intact and sealed.

Wear areas in yellow



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#12399109 - 08/24/17 09:17 AM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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That's good to hear! Now for the 6 month durability test!
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#12584603 - 01/18/18 01:59 PM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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Collincountytx, any updates on this keelguard?
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