Even tough rotomolded and thermoformed kayaks need protection and repair. Gator Patch polyester resin patches from Gator Guards are the strongest way to protect or fix contact points on a kayak. Now, the patch material comes in a 36-inch roll to fix or protect any part of the boat.
Nick Barr, Gator Guards’ VP of Sales, gave us a step-by-step demonstration of their Gator Patch product.
Repair Your Kayak with Gator Patch
1 Prepare the Surface
Start by sanding the plastic to rough-up the contact point. Next, prepare the area for patching by wiping off dust and dirt with rubbing alcohol and allowing it to dry.
2Place the Patch
After sizing up the patch, cut a piece of the material to fit over the area and removed the backing, slowly affixing the patch to the hull.
3Smooth the Patch
Start in the center and press out toward the sides, firmly pushing out air bubbles and creases. Use a rubber mallet or roller to further press and roll out imperfections.
4 Remove Film
Once the patch is attached, remove the plastic film on top of the material and further squeeze and work out air bubbles and creases.
5 Cure in Sun
Finally, 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 hot, sunny day. Once the resin cures, the patch can be sanded, painted and molded to perfection.
Gator Patch polyester resin patches from Gator Guards are the strongest way to protect or fix contact points on a kayak. | Feature image: Kayak Angler/YouTube