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Posted: June 26 2007,14:09

OK, I've searched the How to do it yerself threads and did not see it there, so I'll ask the godfather ?

If you have a roto-molded yak, you probably have scuffed up the bottom and maybe even scratched it a bit.

How do you's guys & gals clean um up, and maybe even polish/wax/slippery coat them ?

Then whats your normal clean it up and put it away after riding it hard all day ?


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Posted: June 27 2007,05:07

I'm sure you'll get a lot of good advice from others, but for what it's worth here's how Sue Sea and I take care of ours.  First, let me say that I used to be a fanatic about avoiding scratches, now I'm much less critical, I'm simply crazed about it, lol....

1.  I carry a couple pool noodles, each cut in half.  These fit easily into the yak and are invaluable at preventing scratches in the first place - you can set your yak on them on any rocky shore or launch area.

2.  Theres not much you can do bout scratches, scuffs or even deeper gouges - it happens anyway.  But I have been known to use on of those "pull" type paint scrapers to whisk away the little curlies and displaced plastic.  Works very well.

3.  Yes I have waxed at least the hull.  Does it help?  Probably not.  Yes I have (infrequently) used scouring powder (Comet) and a good brush - works, no need to do it very often.  The anal retentive might consider the "scratch-free" type but I haven't seen the need.

4.  Some folks use what I seem to recall is a 3M product intended to reduce sun damage.  I don't store my yaks outside, and don't bother.

5.  Before loading a wet kayak I'm very careful to turn it, dump all the saltwater.  Then wipe it down with a towel to leave it dry BEFORE loading.  I have learned that saltwater does indeed run down your windows and channels and will absolutely, positively cause rust and rust through in those areas.  I'm not kidding.

6.  Upon arrival home, the yak comes off and is hosed down OFF the car - again to eliminate salt damage to the car.  


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krash Offline
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Posted: June 27 2007,12:25

Anybody use 303 Aerospace Protectant this stuff ?

Read about it in a couple post, but the post were old... wonder about long term results...


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Posted: June 27 2007,17:20

Ditto on the washing of the yak as Jim said.....

But...you can close those small scratches and even some of the larger ones. How?

I never liked the idea of removing material as Jim does. What I find very effective and use once a month as usual maintenance is a low wattage soldering iron from Home Depot.

It is very easy to smooth down fuzzy's and close up scratches.
The ones that have curls as Jim is talking about are super easy to put back in, and re-attach to hull.

Take your time and don't let the solder iron stay in one place too long.

I might put up a "How To" on this, because it is really easy and you don't lose material by scraping.
In fact if your like me and have some rounds from cut outs you can file these down and fill in big scratches.
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(Capn's Note:  please do, this would be of great interest and value to those of us who tremble at the idea...)


Edited by Capn Jimbo on June 27 2007,17:22

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