Repairing Older Thunder Canoe

I've read some articles on how to repair some cracks on one man canoes, but I still have some questions. I've also been told to use resin mixed with rough cut fiberglass to fill in some low spots. But I didn't know if you would still use epoxy anyway. I also then wanted to try to paint the ama, but I don't have a clue to what type of epoxy primer to use as well as the linear polyurethane finish paint.
I don't have a spray gun or a compressor, so I was looking for something in a can. If anyone has any suggestions on how to repair and finish this canoe please help. I really didn't want to take it to a shop, because I wanted to learn on how to repair a canoe for future purposes. This will be more of like a learning event for me.

Submitted by mapuariki on Fri, 08/18/2006 - 3:50pm

if this is just a training boat and you're not concerned about weight, you can pick up appliance epoxy (sold at any hardware store ..usually in white) which does a pretty good job as far as putting a nice finish on you're boat (glossy with that show room shine). any cracks or dents will need to be repaired with epoxy/resin and fiberglass/carbon fiber. if you want gel-coat finish ..i think fiberglass hawaii sells a small kit that you can spray on gel-coat. all in all, though, i've learned a long time ago, let the experts do it, if you want it done right.

#1 Fri, 08/18/2006 - 5:48pm

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