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Old 05-28-2018, 10:30 AM   #1
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Anything can be done about an ugly gouge / scrape on a royalex canoe?

I was paddling in Hitchens Pond 2 weeks ago and my friend did not see a rock near the surface and we hit it pretty good, scraping down the length of the canoe. I figured it would be like all the rest of them over the years, mostly just unsightly and cosmetic and underneath the water, not seen while paddling...but when I got it back up on the roof of the car it was a pretty nasty one. I don't think it penetrated the interior but I don't like it. Can anything be done about it?

A tripping canoe is pretty much a floating barge anyway, probably will have no effect on performance...but I'd sure like to get rid of this ugly scrape!
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:54 AM   #2
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Throw it in the camp fire.
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:58 AM   #3
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Throw it in the camp fire.
Gooey!
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Old 05-28-2018, 01:38 PM   #4
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Fix

Fill It with G-flex epoxy. I did that to on of mine, and it's still ok 10 years later.
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Old 05-28-2018, 08:00 PM   #5
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Fill It with G-flex epoxy. I did that to on of mine, and it's still ok 10 years later.
Definitely G-Flex...
You can tint it if you want to hide it.
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Old 05-29-2018, 11:12 AM   #6
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Is G Flex epoxy primarily for repairs of real damage? Because I beliee this is just cosmetic...really ugly...although not seen when in water. Will it just be one ugly thing covering another ugly thing?
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Old 06-04-2018, 04:28 PM   #7
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Old 06-05-2018, 09:05 AM   #8
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Is G Flex epoxy primarily for repairs of real damage? Because I beliee this is just cosmetic...really ugly...although not seen when in water. Will it just be one ugly thing covering another ugly thing?
Either...GFlex cures clear so it would appear as a shiny layer over the area it is applied on. If you tint it then it would blend.
My beater royalex has several gouges that do not cut through the top layer of the material and I have chosen to leave them as is. The same canoe has a small puncture that I applied GFlex to.. In this case, if you know what you are doing and take your time it is possible to turn "real ugly" into not too bad, but there's no way that you can make a damaged royalex hull look perfect once it's dinged up.
I'd be worried about fixing it if it compromises the hulls integrity..otherwise it's just a character mark.
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