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07/22/2010 02:05PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
This past weekend I refinished my Kevlar canoe. I posted a complete breakdown in the Canoe Forum. Pictures, steps, and basicly everything I did. This was my first time doing this and I had to do it all from written word descriptions so, if I messed up a step, please be gentle in calling me a moron. ^_^

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MOgirl
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07/22/2010 03:37PM  
Nice work!
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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07/22/2010 03:55PM  
Very nice.

I've had my Bell Seliga Tripper for several years now. No major flaws, but needless to say there are plenty of scratches etc. from years of use. I have begun to look into "reconditioning" it sometime in the coming years before it does reach critical mass. Good to hear a story like yours. Makes the decision easier.

TB
 
07/22/2010 04:02PM  
What a great project and great results. Nicely done.

Do you expect to add or replace the skid plates, or is that a wait and see how it goes project?
Boppa
 
sloughman
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07/22/2010 04:07PM  
Excellent how-to. Thanks, I'll return to it when I need to do mine. Very nice results.
 
kanoes
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07/22/2010 04:55PM  
good work! nice job!
 
07/22/2010 05:28PM  
boppa:
The Escape has skid plates that are molded into the hull when the canoe is built (1/4 or more straight fiberglass resin) so replaceing them is impossible from what I could see. Adding the ones Wenonah sells... possible. I will do it next season if I do. I want to see how it holds up this year first.
 
07/22/2010 05:30PM  
Tuscacora:
I was really shocked at how easy it was. For me it sounded daunting but after just sucking it up and doing it I was supprised at how easy it really was.
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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07/23/2010 09:41AM  
Happy to hear that RT.

Perhaps I'll be looking you up for some advice when the time comes?

 
oldgentleman
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07/23/2010 09:52AM  
Nice job! I sure won't call you a moron! It inspires me to tackle my old MnII. When I do can I e-mail you for advice?
 
07/23/2010 12:06PM  
Great refurbish, I do something similar on my gel coated canoe. I just refinish from the waterline across the bottom, and apply with a roller. The bumpier finish left does not affect performance or handling for the paddling I do.

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07/23/2010 12:47PM  
That's a nice looking canoe and you have the satisfaction of having done the work yourself. Good job and thanks for sharing.
 
07/23/2010 09:50PM  
Tuscacora & oldgentleman:

Sure, if you are in the twin cities area (or just want to shoot me an email) I would be more than happy to help out if you need it.

And thanks to everyone who has given me props. ^_^ Makes me happy.
 
10/01/2020 02:54PM  
I know its been a while but how has the refinish held up over the past decade? I'm looking to refinish a Wenonah and found your detailed description of the process you employed. My plan is to follow your post as a guide.
 
10/06/2020 02:12PM  
The refinish held up great. I did end up doing another refinish last spring due to the repeated use of my canoe in the BW. I should have another 8-years before I have to do it again. Good luck!
 
10/06/2020 05:35PM  
Glad to hear. Thanks for responding.
 
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