Gator Guards Gator Patch Seals and Repairs Any Part of Your Kayak

Even tough rotomolded and thermoformed kayaks need protection and repair. Gator Guards polyester resin patches are the strongest way to protect or fix contact points on a board or boat. This year, the patch material comes in a 36-inch roll to fix or protect any part of the kayak.

Nick Barr, VP of Sales, gave us a step-by-step demonstration of the technology. Nick started by sanding the plastic to rough-up the contact point. Then, he wiped off dust and dirt with rubbing alcohol before drying the area and preparing it for patching. Nick cut a piece of the material to fit over the area. Once he sized up the patch, he removed the backing and slowly affixed the patch to the hull.

Starting in the center, he pushed the air out the sides while firmly pushing out air bubbles and creases. He used a rubber mallet to further press and roll out imperfections. Once the patch was attached, he removed the plastic film on top of the material and further squeezed and worked out air bubbles and creases.

Then, Barr set the patch in the sun to cure. Average wait time is 30 minutes to an hour, but could be as short as a few minutes on a sunny day. Once the resin cures, the patch can be sanded, painted and molded to perfection.

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Ric Burnley
“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.

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