Step 1: Positioning and Preparing the Keel Guard For those looking to reinforce their kayak’s structural integrity and safeguard their investment with the Keel Guard, start by carefully situating it on either the bow or stern of your kayak. Ensure a secure fit, making certain there are no unsightly gaps, and mark the optimal placement using masking tape or a pencil. If you detect any gaps, gently apply heat to the Keel Guard using a heat gun while wearing a protective heat-resistant glove to mold it to your kayak’s unique contours.
Step 2: Surface Cleaning and Priming Begin by thoroughly cleansing the mounting surface of your kayak using isopropyl alcohol and a clean cloth to eliminate any stubborn dirt or residue. To ensure an ideal bond, lightly abrade the surface with sandpaper, and then wipe it down with isopropyl alcohol.
Step 3: Prepping the Keel Guard Cleanse the inner surface of the Keel Guard using isopropyl alcohol and a cloth or paper towel, taking care to ensure both the Keel Guard and the kayak’s mounting surface are completely dry.
Step 4: Applying Marine Goop or Adhesive Make sure the Keel Guard is correctly oriented for attachment to your kayak. Utilize tape as reference points to mark the keel just beyond the Keel Guard’s ends. Apply a modest bead of marine Goop or your selected adhesive 15mm (1/2 inch) down from each edge of the Keel Guard and a more substantial bead along the centerline of the kayak’s keel.
Step 5: Proper Placement and Firm Affixing of the Keel Guard Handle the Keel Guard carefully, positioning it exactly where you marked the location and aligning it meticulously with your kayak’s hull contours. Apply consistent, gentle pressure to secure the Keel Guard to the kayak’s surface. If necessary, use masking tape to temporarily anchor the Keel Guard in place while the adhesive sets.
Step 6: Allowing the Adhesive to Set Once the Keel Guard is securely in place, grant the adhesive ample time to cure, undisturbed, for at least 24 hours. Alternatively, adhere to the specific curing recommendations provided by the adhesive manufacturer. This curing period ensures a robust and long-lasting bond between the Keel Guard and your kayak’s surface.
By following these guidelines, you can effectively install the Keel Guard on your kayak, enhancing your angling experience and providing long-term protection for your watercraft investment.