Just Prep, Peel, and Stick - Reinforced Repair Patch that Cures in Just Minutes!
Repairs and protects Kayaks, Canoes, and Boats with Fiberglass, Aluminum, and Plastic surfaces. The preferred choice for a Kayak keel guard and skid plate.
QUICK FIX FOR A PERMANENT SOLUTION
- Gator Patch is a UV Cure Fiberglass Reinforced Repair Patch
- Watertight, Impenetrable Repair Patch, Kayak Keel Guard, and Skid Plate
- Available in 4 sizes: 3"x6",6"x9", 9"x 12" and new 3"18" Kayak Keel Guard
- A Prep-Peel-Stick application that cures simply with UV light in under an hour
- Will bond to metal, fiberglass, wood, plastic, and virtually anywhere you need protection
- Repairs almost any surface, moldable around flat or curved areas, dents, joints, or angles
- Made With Pride in The USA.
- Perfect in or out of the water! Great for any Fiberglass or Aluminum Boat, Kayaks, Canoes, Containers, Tanks, Plumbing, and more!
- Can be drilled, tapped, sanded, or painted within an hour
Gator Patch™ is easy to use and apply with our Prep-Peel-Stick application. Cures simply with UV light in under an hour. Gator Patch comes with the extraordinary bonding and reliability promise that 100,000s of clients have known for over 20 years.
Available in 4 sizes: 3"x6", 6"x9", 9"x12" and a new 3"x18" Kayak Keel Guard - suitable for any patch, repair, or hull protection.
Notice for Heavy Plastic Boats:
Hulls weighing over 100 pounds – such as Bass Hunter style boats or larger kayaks may benefit from additional layers of Gator Patch to increase the thickness of the most heavily worn areas for a longer lifespan.
REPAIR & PROTECT YOUR KAYAK
You’ve just spent over $2,000 on a Kayak and it makes you cringe when loading or unloading your kayak on those pesky concrete boat ramps and parking lots...then you've come to the right place.
Polyethylene kayaks are easy to scratch, just ask anyone who has dragged theirs down the boat ramp, or dropped it off the top of their Subaru. They are also a bear to get anything to stick to, as the petroleum in the plastic makes most things unable to adhere to your Kayak. Leaving most kayakers to resort to multiple layers of Gorilla duct tape desperately trying to protect their investment, which is a band-aid solution, and not a long-term answer for real kayak protection.
Using the Gator Patch to protect your kayak will make drops, skids, concrete, and cracks a thing of the past – the easiest insurance on your expensive investment. A Fiberglass Resin Patch that bonds physically and chemically to your kayak or canoe – curing in UV Sunlight in under an hour. An Easy & Simple application for a permanent protection solution. View KayakDIY's Video above to see put to the test.
You can cut strips for kayak keel guard, allowing you to beach or drag your kayak up on shore, or in the parking lots and boat ramps. You can cut it to fit any wear areas and use it as a Skid Plate as needed. Especially on the wide front and rear portions of bottom, you’ll find on a Bonafide, Wilderness Systems, Old Town, and other wide-bodied boats. Below are instructions for the kayak keel guard using Gator Patch, as well as repair for a cracked or damaged plastic kayak.
HOW TO APPLY GATOR PATCH FOR KAYAK KEEL GUARD:
Grab the 9”x12” Kayak Keel Guard Size Gator Patch
Tape off area around the keel on bow & stern of kayak, measuring 3” to 4.5” wide by 12” long centering over the middle of the keel. If you use the 3” wide cut, you will get 3 keel protection pieces, if using the 4.5” Cut, you’ll have 2 pieces and wider coverage area.
Sand keel area with coarse-grit sandpaper on the bow and stern inside taped-off area, clean with isopropyl alcohol. During sanding ensure to use a crosshatch pattern to create multi-directional grooves for Gator Patch to get a grip on.
Cut Gator Patch into strips of 3”x12” or 4.5”x12”
Remove the white film on the adhesive side of Gator Patch, and apply on marked keel areas
IF you have an extreme bend angle on the keel - you may need to cut the appropriate size "V" notches in the sides of the material to accommodate bend for a smooth transition and avoid wrinkles.
Use a roller to press down firmly on Gator Patch across the keel area, firm pressure across the patch ensures a good bond. Be sure to use your fingers or roller to press down along the entire outer edges to give the patch a proper seal
Remove clear film and allow for natural Sunlight/UV Rays (Or a simple Black Light in a shop environment) to shine on Gator Patch for up to and over an hour. After an hour the Gator Patch may be fully cured to a 500 PSI Strength and ready to begin taking the wear for your kayak.
To confirm your patch has cured, the sheen of the material will turn from glossy to a matte finish, and the edges should be completely solid. If you are able to dig your fingernails into the edge and it's still soft, additional curing time may be needed.
To increase the lifespan and wear thickness of the patch - we recommend applying 2 or 3 layers of Gator Patch to key wear areas - especially on heavy boats that may see extended use on concrete surfaces. Each layer will need to be fully cured before adding another one.
If you’d like to clean up the appearance, you can sand and paint to match your vessel. Additional paint or coating layers on top of the patch can also provide added wear & skid protection.
Enjoy your Kayak or Canoe and know that the Gator Kayak Keel Guard has you fully protected.
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