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Topic: Hull Protection  (Read 3707 times)

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SpeedyStein

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I think I've found my method.

Gonna find a 3/8" thick or so HDPE sheet, cut and heat shape it to fit, and then melt it directly to the hull.  Probably will just use a plastic cutting board - most of those are HDPE.  Will bevel the edges beforehand so they aren't sharp.  That should give me plenty of insurance against the abrasion from loading and launching.  Think of it like a super patch.

I will post pics of the process and finished product. 

- Kevin


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Well, finally got around to patching the rough spots on my hull. It was pretty easy, and I spent less than an hour total.

I basically just melted milk jugs into the spots of concern.

First, I sanded the area a little to knock down the high spots and get the rest of the jb weld off.  I used a propane torch and a metal paint scraper for the application. Very lightly heat the hull, place a layer of plastic, heat up the scraper and press. It gets really sticky, then at a certain temp it gets pliable and workable. Spread it around, while heating a little as needed, and smoothing the edges.

Overall, it was pretty easy, and I feel good about it. I did about 4 layers of milk jug in 3 different spots that scraped. I think I built it up around 3/16" or so, which I think should keep me in good shape for a while.

Before and after pics below:


- Kevin