Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #6: Painting The Kayaks

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Blog entry by English posted 08-19-2017 06:22 PM 1519 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s time to finish the Kayaks, My grandson requested navy blue with a deep green cockpit, and a natural deck. My Granddaughter requested Teal with a navy blue cockpit.

The cockpits of both Kayaks have to be sealed so if the kayaks get left out in the rain that water can not get between the frame and the plywood. All of the plywood to frame joints were filleted with thickened epoxy. After the epoxy fillets cured the cockpits are coated with two coats of epoxy.

The kayaks have to be primed.

The cockpits and sides are painted with marine topside paint.

The Outriggers are painted with marine topside paint.

The decks on my grandsons kayak are finished with 5 coats of spar urethane.

My grandsons kayak is assembled and the rub rails are installed, I used PVC lattice moulding for the rub rail. The handle on the left side of the cockpit will retract and deploy the outrigger for the left side, another has to be installed for the right side.

A seat back and bottom was made for the 12’ kayak but due to the 15’ kayak being a sail boat you don’t know where the passengers will be sitting due to wind and wind direction. So they were only made for the small kayak.

Thanks for looking. Next blog will show launch day!!

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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