How to Repair a Cedar Epoxy Canoe

How to Repair a Cedar Epoxy Canoe
Cedar epoxy canoes, also known as cedar strip canoes, marry modern technology with tradition and beauty. Both light and strong, cedar strip canoes are popular with dedicated canoeists despite the relatively high prices. The cedar core of the canoe is strengthened by layers of epoxy making it functional and attractive. But like all canoes, they can take a beating and will need the occasional repair.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Small Repairs

Things You’ll Need:
  • Utility knife 400 Grit sandpaper 4 oz. fiberglass cloth for small repairs Cedar plank cut to fit the hole and brass tacks for large repairs Disposable paint brushes Epoxy resin Tack cloth Marine varnish
  • Utility knife
  • 400 Grit sandpaper
  • 4 oz. fiberglass cloth for small repairs
  • Cedar plank cut to fit the hole and brass tacks for large repairs
  • Disposable paint brushes
  • Epoxy resin
  • Tack cloth
  • Marine varnish
Step 1
Cut out the damaged area with a utility knife. Make sure your remove all damaged wood before beginning the repair or the weak spot won't hold the epoxy.
Step 2
Sand the edges and area around the damaged area until it is free of varnish.
Step 3
Cut a piece of fiberglass cloth that extends past the damage by about 1/2" on all sides.
Step 4
Apply a thick coat of epoxy with a paint brush across the area, and place the fiberglass cloth on top. Apply more epoxy on top until the cloth is completely wet. Smooth out air bubbles and let dry completely.
Step 5
After the epoxy is dry, sand and apply another coat. Sand smooth and wipe with a tack cloth to remove all dust.
Step 6
Apply a coat of marine varnish to the area and blend it in with the old varnish on the sides of the repair.

Large Repairs

Step 1
Remove the damaged area and sand as you would for a small repair.
Step 2
Cut a piece of cedar the size of the area to be repaired. Use the utility knife to carve the cedar to fit the hole as closely as possible.
Step 3
Sand the new plank smooth and wipe with the tack cloth.
Step 4
Apply epoxy to the replacement plank and place it in the hole. After it cures, sand the area to remove all rough spots.
Step 5
To reinforce the repaired piece, use brass tacks matching the original pattern as much as possible. Wipe the area with a tack cloth and apply a coat of varnish.

Tips & Warnings

 
Before repairing your canoe, check with the manufacturer for special precautions.

Resources

Article Written By Catherine Rayburn-Trobaug

Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh has been a writer and college writing professor since 1992. She has written for international companies, published numerous feature articles in the "Wilmington News-Journal," and won writing contests for her poetry and fiction. Rayburn-Trobaugh earned a Master of Arts in English from Wright State University.