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PAINTING YAKS

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I am considering personalizing my Cobra a bit and was wondering what type of paint would be safe to use on a polypropylene hull.

Can paint cause any structural weakening, deterioration etc?

What are your thoughts?

DASBOOT

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why don't you email Cobra and ask their advice. I saw a painted FnD which had shark jaws etc. like they use to do the fighter planes. Have fun. Bet you're glad you got a white kayak now.

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You may consider the alternative to painting...why not try a decal system. Have a friend that has a sign shop and he said they'll stick to everything. Water shouldn't be a problem if put on right, and you get a wide color variety. If it's above the water line you should be golden. Worth a try anyway, have a sign maker give you some left over and see if it can be used. Would probably clean with alcohol, dry and apply. My two cents. Scott

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There isn't a tech support address at Cobra so I contacted a Dan Mangus.

I think he is the dir. of marketing.

Anyway, he suggested I do that which I have already done.........Put stick-on decals on the hull.

Not the answer I wanted!!

My questions was very specific w/regards to the type of paint I could safely use.

He has now forwarded this highly technical query to another chap.

I am waiting to hear from him.

I'll pass on the knowledge when I get it.

DASBOOT

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Contacted Cobra again.

This time I wrote to Ingrid, head of PR.

She coul'nt answer either so she is forwarding question to head office.

To be continued............

DASBOOT

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I got in touch w/Cobra today.

The fellow there wasn't very optimistic about putting paint on the yak.

Said there are adhesion problems to contend with.

Apparently the polyethylene surface doesnt grab the paint well.

He suggested cleaning the area to be painted w/laquer thinner first.

He even said a light pass with a flame would help the paint stick.

Apparently any good paint is safe.

Just paint areas that will not see too much abuse because the paint will chip & peel off.

Might not be worth the effort.

I wonder how that yak with the shark mouth painted on is gonna look after the waves have slapped it about a few times!

Perhaps a coat or 2 of clear over the paint would take care of that.

DASBOOT

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Just heard from the fella w/the flying tiger logo on his yak.

He owns a sign shop in Boston.

Says he used pressure sensitive vinyl for the graphics.

Designed it on the computer, had his guys cut it out and pasted it on.

I told him about the site, so maybe he'll be joining us soon.

So that's the story!

Get out your paint brushes and have some fun!!!!!biggrin.gif

DASBOOT

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I'm trying to paint my kyjak to. I have a Old Town Loon 138 made of polyethelene. The manual recomends using a tourch to depolorize the surface prior to repairs. I tried a spot with auto paint that had a zylene base without the tourch. If you drug your finger nail across with moderate pressue no problem, a heavey pressue scrapped the paint of.I tried a section with the tourch and since I HAD to go fishing about 5 hours later the results may be faulted. The paint on the top is very hard to scrap of and the paint on the side scraps of as without the tourch. Also , I started with the tourch on the top and may of gotten faster on the side. You don't melt the plastic with the tourch, just touch it with the blue flame and use a paint brush motion. I'll post results when I retry.

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