Fiberglassing the bow/stern of a kayak

I'm in the process of bring another Wood Duck into the world as my first ever build. Things were going pretty much like the instructions and videos say until I got to the part where you "Cut a dart in the fiberglass and epoxy it around the bow". What I wound up with looks like a cross between a fur ball and a shrapnel wound.

Any tips on how this is done or should I just grind it down and patch it on the bias?


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RE: Fiberglassing the bow/stern of a kayak

Grind it off right now, before it fully cures. Then apply a piece of cloth cut on the bias. Make sure it is fully smoothed down before you epoxy it in place. -Wes

RE: Fiberglassing the bow/stern of a kayak

Patching with a bias cut strip works a treat.

 

Any way I can do it right the first time or is this more art than science?

RE: Fiberglassing the bow/stern of a kayak

It's just a matter of learning the techniques - not rocket surgery.

-Wes

RE: Fiberglassing the bow/stern of a kayak

Grinding it off "should" work, but I would suggest using a heat gun and seeing if you could just pull it off, followed by a scraper.

Keith

RE: Fiberglassing the bow/stern of a kayak

I used a black cut off wheel on a Dremel tool as an edge grinder to do the needed surgery It's a beast in the Dremel world and is great for reducing runs, sags etc. But it must be usedwith caution because it will slice through epoxy, fiberglass and body parts pretty quick

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