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DIY keel guard #12342330
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Will see how long it lasts



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Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx] #12342337
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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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Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx] #12349042
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Gorilla tape is working better


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How long have you had the Gorilla tape on?


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Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx] #12349479
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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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Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx] #12351495
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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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Re: DIY keel guard [Re: collincountytx] #12351752
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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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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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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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Well, I just shot with the heat gun.

Will update in a month


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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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That's good to hear! Now for the 6 month durability test!


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Collincountytx, any updates on this keelguard?


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