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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:04 pm 
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First, I want to thank all the regular contributors to these forums. Pretty much any Hobie kayak issue or need I have has already been covered and usually with multiple options. And that continues with my recent run-in with a shallow oyster bed with moderate current and Evolve motor running. It was a hard hit to be sure. But these forums provided the necessary steps for repair. Let’s start with the damage:
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Repair consisted of following steps (from past forum posts) and took 2 hours:

1. Thorough cleaning.
2. Scrape off strands and chunks with razor blade.
3. Clean debris out of gouges with sharp objects.
4. Clean with alcohol.
5. Build surface up with welding tool and red stock.
6. Orbital sander coarse.
7. Orbital sander fine.
8. Clean again with alcohol.
9. Use heat gun to restore shine.

Here is the after photo:
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I am not a perfectionist so did not take the sanding time neccessary for a perfectly smooth surface. And there were some spots slightly discolored from the black sandpaper. But I am quite pleased with my first rotomold repair.

Peter


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:15 pm 
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Mine is not damaged nearly that bad...but I asked the local dealer last week if they had someone good at plastic welding and was told that they do.

When I get around to taking mine to them for the welding, I will be a happy customer if it looks that good! Actually you have me thinking about giving a go myself as I have the welder and stock on hand.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:55 pm 
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From a sow’s ear into a silk purse!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:34 pm 
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NICE JOB!

I'm hoping my applications of Gorilla tape on the bottom will help me out when that inevitably happens to me, but looking at that initial damage I'm thinking not ...


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