Restoring my 17' Canoe

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  1. grendel54
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    I bought a 17' Easyrider Canoe, but it needs a lot of work. Luckily there were no holes and the outside was pretty in tact. I used compound on the outside then used 303 after that. I need some help on the inside though. When I ride in it I can feel the fiberglass. I would like to fix it without getting to much heavier. Any suggestions?

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    This is what the outside looked like after I compounded and 303'd...

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  2. rwatson
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    probably the lightest way to keep the fibres out of your bum is some gloss paint. Doesnt need to to 2 pack ( very expensive) just an exterior quality gloss.
     
  3. grendel54
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    Really? Someone said I need to use some West Systems Epoxy.
     
  4. rwatson
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    Epoxy is a good way to go, but you wanted lower weight. Epoxy needs to be painted or varnished to avoid UV damage, and as you dont need the structural help, a couple of paint coats might be enough
     
  5. grendel54
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    What is the advantage of having epoxy on the inside?
     
  6. rwatson
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    Only cause its totally waterproof, and thicker than paint, so it would hide the longer fibres better. Waterproofing the inside of a fibreglass canoe would only be important if it was left out in the open in the rain, not upside down - because polyester resin and glass does absorb water
     
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    Yes, that is a good quality industrial paint.
     
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    There is no such thing as a marine paint. Some paints are adequate for the marine environment, but are the same used in other applications. For example, industrial machinery, bridges and towers.
     
  11. grendel54
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    thank you.
     
  12. grendel54
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    Isn't gloss shiny? Do you want the inside of your canoe to shine? Ins't it also slippery? Wouldn't that be a no-no in a canoe?
     
  13. SamSam
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    I always used latex porch and floor paint. Pressure wash it, put on a coat, sand it and then one more coat. The texture of the fiberglass will keep it from being slippery.
     
  14. PAR
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    Gloss paint is the most water resistant, which is why you use it. You can hit it with a ScotchBrite pad afterward to knock the gloss down. It looks like the inside was exposed to the sun for a long time, depolymerizing much of it. This exposes the 'glass fibers, makes it itchy and prickly when you touch it or climb around in her. A simple coat of polyester will lock down the wayward fibers, making it much more comfortable inside. Paint will too, if it's thick enough, but the fibers can still break free under foot and eventually you'll need to paint again. I'd give it a skim coat of polyester or vinylester to lock those fibers down, then paint or gelcoat after.
     

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    Hard to tell from a picture, but it looks like the resin on the inside is a little broke down from uv (seen it). If you can scrape it off; you'll need to get all the loose stuff as removed as possible. (maybe some 36 grit paper and a leather glove?) Then, I'd only use epoxy if it were me, but I don't really have any experience with poly or vinyl... And then I'd paint it with something that has UV inhibitors in it. If you want it to be really cool, you can use kiwigrip on the bottom and any old exterior paint on the sides. Neat thing about the kiwigrip is you can match it to the other paint, but save the money and simplify the application on the sides. Downside of kiwigrip is it gets a little dirt impregnation, but it does its job from my experience thus far. Just my two cents. My canoe has some of the same stuff happening because I failed to varnish the inside. I need to sand, re-epoxy, and varnish. I plan to use epifanes clear uv because I want to see the bottom.
     
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