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PostPosted: September 19th, 2019, 3:34 pm 
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Hi,
We paddled the North French River this year - end of June, early July. Water was low and the boat rubbed off a lot of rocks. This rubbed plenty of material off the bottom of the boat, but the most damage happened on the train back to Cochrane.

I believe on both the outside and inside that it is just the vinyl outer layer that has been rubbed off. My main concern is how deep the one indent is.
What if anything would you do to repair these to keep them from getting worse?

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rab


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PostPosted: September 19th, 2019, 3:57 pm 
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To me that looks like just the paint layer really rubbed off. I've heard of melting down lego and spreading it there. My boat has lots of spots like that. Im not overly concerned.


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PostPosted: September 19th, 2019, 9:55 pm 
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What I do for stuff like that is trim the edges, spread in some repair epoxy as filler, and sand it down. Then paint if you want. For whatever reason, I tend to use Aquaseal on the inside, but whatever epoxy on the outside. By epoxies I mean stuff like the 2-part plastic sticks or various JB-Weld or PC-whatever etc. 2-part epoxies, I think at the moment I've got some JB-Weld specifically for plastics, so might be a little more flexible, but I'm not sure it matters - gouges I filled years ago are still fine, and it's super to re-do anyway.

Mostly I don't worry much about it (unless the inner core stuff is torn), but then when I happen to have epoxy out, I'll go around and smush some into any significant gouges. So, my ww boats all have these little streaks and splotches of white, grey or black (depending on what epoxy was on-hand at the time) in random designs. I don't worry about painting these little fill jobs.

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PostPosted: October 5th, 2019, 8:47 pm 
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I would do nothing! unless this was in one of the high wear areas such as where skid plates would be placed (presuming they hadn't yet). In that case I would level out the area with a few layers of s-glass that would fit the gap and thickened Gflex for the epoxy and then apply the skid plate.

Here is what my boat looks like, you have a long way to go!

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The only thing that vinyl really does is provide UV protection.


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