How do you maintain a fiberglass kayak?
General Care for your Kayak
Wash your kayak thoroughly inside & out after each use. We use an environmentally friendly household dish detergent, non-abrasive kitchen-cleaning pad, and a soft cloth. Special attention should be paid to flushing sand and grit away from tracks, foot braces, and out of skeg boxes.
How long will a kayak last?
As previously mentioned, the kayak’s lifespan isn’t a specific amount of years. This is because a kayak’s lifespan can be as little as 4 to 6 years and as high as 12 to 15 years. However, the majority of kayaks out there have their lifespan at a relatively similar range of 7 to 12 years.
Can you polish a plastic kayak?
Be careful when loading and unloading your kayak. Superficial scratches may occur, but can be removed or reduced by use of a marine boat polish designed for polyethylene hulls. Sanding or use of an abrasive rubbing compound is not recommended.
Will epoxy stick to a kayak?
Best glue for repairing kayak hull
The best adhesive option for repairing hull damage for your kayak is to use a marine grade two-part epoxy like JB-Weld Waterweld. It’s waterproof, adheres well to plastic, and dries extremely strong.
What should I clean my kayak with?
Your kayak is designed to need a minimum amount of maintenance. A simple fresh water rinse or mild soap washing is all that is needed, especially if the boat is paddled in salt water. Composite boats can be waxed with a good quality marine or car wax.
Can I wax a plastic kayak?
If you have a plastic/polyethylene vessel, you may not need to use a kayak wax, as kayak wax tends to be more recommended for composite vessels. However, you can still apply a protective coating that will give it an added layer of UV protection and help to enhance the color of the hull.
Is it bad to drag a kayak?
If you have a plastic kayak, it’s possible to drag it. However, while this option might be good for grass or sand, this may not be suitable for certain types of terrain. It’s also best not to drag a fiberglass or composite kayak, as it can cause damage.
Should I wash my kayak after use?
Salt water and sun is the enemy of everything.
Saltwater can be very damaging to kayaks and will eat deck cord, bungee rigging, seat material, handles, lifejackets, wetsuits you name it. Therefore rinse everything off with fresh water after every use.