How to Repair Scratches on a Kayak

How to Repair Scratches on a Kayak
No matter where you take your kayak, you will eventually get scratches from debris along the bottom of the river or lake bed. While minor nicks and dings don't cause serious structural damage, they make your beautiful kayak a little unsightly. If you don't want to take your kayak back to the dealer for a costly repair job, attempt to fix the scratches on your own. Nearly any size scratch can be fixed with enough time and patience.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hair dryer
  • Propane blow torch
  • Gloves
  • Spoon
Step 1
Check to see if the scratches are large enough to be visible from a distance. Some scratches are inevitable, and it isn't worth potentially damaging your kayak if the scratches aren't clearly noticeable.
Step 2
Find the smallest scratches first. Turn on a hair dryer to its hottest setting. Blow the hot air across the smallest scratches for one to two minutes to see if they visibly diminish.
Step 3
Ignite a propane blow torch. Slowly run the tip of the flame up and down any smaller scratches that weren't affected by the hair dryer until they dissipate.
Step 4
Repeat the process with each of the smallest scratches. Put on a pair of work gloves to protect your hands from heat.
Step 5
Locate the larger scratches. Use the blow torch to heat the head of the spoon for 30 seconds.
Step 6
Touch the heated end of the spoon to one end of the scratch. Carefully run the spoon across the entire length of the scratch. Heat the spoon again as necessary as it cools.
Step 7
Repeat the spoon-heating process with each of the larger scratches.

Tips & Warnings

After fixing the scratches you may want to apply a new coat of polish to fill in any remaining gouges.
Always work in small areas and frequently remove the heat from the kayak to check your progress. Too much intense heat in one area for an extended period can damage the color and warp the hull.

Article Written By Ty Arthur

Ty Arthur has been writing technical and entertainment-related articles for a variety of online sources since 2008. His articles have appeared on and many other websites. Arthur attended the Great Falls College of Technology and studied both computer science and creative writing.

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