How To Fix Scratches on a Kayak

How To Fix Scratches on a Kayak
No matter how careful you are with your kayak, scratches are unavoidable. Rocks, branches, sand, racks and unforeseen hazards can scrape the bottom, sides and top of your kayak. Built tough to withstand rough conditions, scratches won't effect the performance of your kayak. Small scratches can be repaired quickly or left alone. Larger and deeper scratches can be fixed at home and the turn around time is quick. Soon enough you will be back in the water and paddling again.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tape
  • Electrical outlet
  • Hair dryer
  • Heavy duty gloves
  • Goggles
  • Propane blow torch
  • Spoon
  • Touch up paint/polish
Step 1
Examine your boat and make note of the scratches you want to fix. Marking the area of scratches with tape can make them easier to find when you start fixing them.
Step 2
Plug in and turn your blow dryer on to the highest setting. Let it heat up for one to two minutes.
Step 3
Starting with the shortest scratches, place the dryer next to a scratch, and hold it there for at least two minutes. Check to see if the scratch has disappeared.
Step 4
Repeat the process with all the smaller and shorter scratches. If there are any that don't disappear, keep note so you can use the blow torch later to fix them.
Step 5
Find and mark the larger and longer scratches on your kayak.
Step 6
Put on your work gloves and goggles, and ignite your propane blow torch.
Step 7
Place a spoon under the flame of the torch for at least 30 seconds.
Step 8
Place the spoon directly onto the scratch, and run it down the width and length of the scratch.
Step 9
Continue to heat the spoon, and repeat the process until the stubborn small and large scratches are filled and disappear.
Step 10
Let the kayak cool for at least one hour.
Step 11
Apply touch-up paint/polish to the areas you fixed on your kayak. Let the polish/paint dry for at least 12 hours before using your kayak.

Tips & Warnings

Repair superficial or small scratches by applying a coat of polish.
Work on small areas, and stop to check your work frequently.
Check the heat to make sure you are not overheating or scorching your kayak.

Article Written By Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson is a freelance sports writer and photographer based in California. Her articles and photos appear regularly in newspapers and magazines such as "Triathlete" and "Cross Country Skier." Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in media production and minor in writing. She is studying for her copy editing certificate at the University of San Diego.

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