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Old 04-29-2014   #1
 
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Deep Scratches on Hull

I have a 2010 Jackson Superstar Elite (crosslinked plastic) with some deep scratches on the hull. Is there anything I can fill these scratches with to decrease the likelihood of these scratches cracking?

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Are you into the base layer? If not no worries. Cross link is bomber.
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Are you into the base layer? If not no worries. Cross link is bomber.
"Base layer"? WTF? There is only one layer in the hull of a 2010 Jackson kayak.

I don't think there's really much you can do with a crosslinked boat, because you can't weld crosslink. With a linear boat, you could do some pre-emptive welding, which might eliminate stress concentration at sharp corners in the scratches, but even then, I wouldn't do it unless it's a really deep gouge, because the weld itself can compromise the integrity of the surrounding plastic.

I'd just keep paddling it, and if it does crack through, then bitchothane the inside and fill with epoxy on the outside. Or get a new boat.
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Deep Water? This is Colorado there is no deep water just less rocks sometimes.
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Just ptex it like you do your skis. Post pictures through the steps so we can provide any necessary critique.
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"Base layer"? WTF? There is only one layer in the hull of a 2010 Jackson kayak.

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Both crosslink boats I have owned were comprized of two layers. I have never owned a 2010 jackson. In the older WS boats they actully used a different color for the inside layer. So the outside was a different color than the inside. IE: the outside was Red/white/blue and the inside was a multi/colored speckeled layer. My 2012 Hero is red on red. After owning 2 cross link boats made by Eric, I think that I wont do cross link simply because its harder to repair. Thats WTF.
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Pic of WS Y showing the different color inside outside. The molding process is completely different for cross link. This is why it takes a highly skilled molder to make cross link boats.

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I'm wondering if I just fill the scratches with a plastic adhesive, that can stretch a little, would provide enough support to decrease the overall stress. P-tex might help maintain the overall shape of the hull but I do not know if it would bond well enough to decrease the strain on the plastic.
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Pic of WS Y showing the different color inside outside. The molding process is completely different for cross link. This is why it takes a highly skilled molder to make cross link boats.
I can't see your picture, but I'm betting it's a multicolored boat and that's just how the colorants were distributed. I've never seen a rotomolded boat with multiple layers of plastic. Some of the old Eskimos were made that way, but they were blow molded.
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