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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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#12585501 - 01/19/18 08:08 AM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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The Gorilla tape + heat gun method was the most cost effective and durable method (also tried the racer's tape, but the Gorilla tape was more durable)

I'd recommend the extra wide Gorilla tape (Wmart has it)

I found the source of my kayak leak (it was the drain plugs); the hull is intact (even had it professionally tested)
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#12691508 - 03/27/18 12:31 PM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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I am looking at using this stuff. http://www.keeleazy.com/. one of the benefits is you can order it by the foot.

Phil
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#12694398 - 03/29/18 08:13 AM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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You can get a free sample of keeleazy before you purchase.

I'd get a free sample and place it on your kayak hull or keel. I'd then cut a piece of equally sized gorilla tape on a symmetrical or equally stressed area. See how they perform against vs each other over 60 days.

Use a heat gun (lightly) after applying the gorilla tape--gets it to bond really well to the HDPE.
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#12699155 - 04/02/18 08:02 AM Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx]
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One tip that I read elsewhere on the Gorilla tape. I haven't done it yet, but plan on it for this season.

First put a brightly colored Gorilla tape down, then a second layer of another color on top. When the top layer wears through you will notice the brightly colored tape below - BEFORE it starts to wear on the hull you can replace the outer layer of tape.

Just a thought to consider.
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