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#12655625 - 03/02/18 05:05 PM Screw hole repair
Dougfresh Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/10/16
Posts: 16
How would you guys or gals go about filling a screw hole on the top of your yak? In my case I installed a gear trak but should have thought more about the location. hmmm Seemed good at the time but I just didn’t like it when I got out on the water.

Thanks

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#12655649 - 03/02/18 05:22 PM Re: Screw hole repair [Re: Dougfresh]
Tallgrass05 Online   content
bill maher's protege

Registered: 03/02/05
Posts: 42344
Loc: Kansas
Dab of silicone pushed into it and smoothed over.

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#12655674 - 03/02/18 05:48 PM Re: Screw hole repair [Re: Dougfresh]
Dougfresh Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/10/16
Posts: 16
I’ve got some of the shavings from some other holes. Could I just heat that up and try to drip it in?


Edited by Dougfresh (03/02/18 05:53 PM)

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#12655874 - 03/02/18 07:51 PM Re: Screw hole repair [Re: Dougfresh]
Brad R Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1919
Loc: Texas
Doug, if you happen to have a heat gun, you can use it to pre-melt some of the HDPE shavings, at least soften it up, then press it into your hole and melt it a little more, smooth it out. Be very careful not to hold the gun too close or for too long. It'll damage your kayak. I think you might find some vids on YouTube showing this technique.

One other thing. When you get light scratches from branches and things, usually on the sides of your kayak, a heat gun will actually close those back up. Again, you have to be careful not to overheat the kayak by moving the heat gun over a large area, in and out.

I wouldn't worry about defections on the bottom. Out of sight and expected.

Brad

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#12656003 - 03/02/18 09:06 PM Re: Screw hole repair [Re: Dougfresh]
PowerLizard Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 2194
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
I would just put the screw back in with a dab of silicone and not worry about it.
I would avoid the heat gun. It is a minor issue and you are just as likely to screw up your kayak as you are to make it slightly better.

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#12656020 - 03/02/18 09:10 PM Re: Screw hole repair [Re: Dougfresh]
PowerLizard Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 2194
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
I would just put the screw back in with a dab of silicone and not worry about it.
I would avoid the heat gun. It is a minor issue and you are just as likely to screw up your kayak as you are to make it slightly better.

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#12656399 - 03/03/18 08:11 AM Re: Screw hole repair [Re: Dougfresh]
christian myrick Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 3167
Loc: little elm
Use the old drill shavings. Make a real repair. Dont use silicone, that will need repair later. A heat gun is cheeeeeep and the drill shavings are free. If you dont have any shavings look under a hatch, you can cut some small strips from the lip.
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#12656433 - 03/03/18 08:34 AM Re: Screw hole repair [Re: Tallgrass05]
butch sanders Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 27141
Loc: Arlington, Texas
Originally Posted By: Tallgrass05
Dab of silicone pushed into it and smoothed over.


this
then repair the silicone in 10 years

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