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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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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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I am looking at using this stuff. http://www.keeleazy.com/. one of the benefits is you can order it by the foot.

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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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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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aznative96 how is the keeleazy working out for you? Did you compare the wear to gorilla tape?

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I use gorilla tape for bottom (bow) guard as well. Works perfect. Mine has stayed for more than one year now and is still looking good.
For keel, which is very narrow on my kayak, gorilla tape will work but needs to be taped really well to avoid adding drag when paddling.
So I used epoxy (west marine 2 part G-flex brand), this will allow the reinforcement to be smooth and causing little drag. They do crack up/ peel after about six months to 1 year.

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