So, you have a dent in your kayak. Now what? Well, you could leave the dent and pretend it is a badge of honor. You know, spin the old yarn to the guys at the local about how you were nearly devoured by some great white but instead you managed to use your kayak as a shield…
Or of course, you could just follow these easy steps below.
You will need:
- The Sun (cheapskate method)
Lay said dented kayak out directly in the sunlight with the hull facing upwards. With a little luck and a lot of rays, the plastic should soften enough to simply pop out. If you are lucky and this method works, pour some cool water over the hull after it has popped out. This will help to retain the corrected shape.
You will need:
More heat, e.g:
- Heat Gun
- Boiling Water
(Caution: To avoid melting/burning the hull, it is best to start off with a lower temperature and slowly rise the heat until the dent pops)
Hairdryer - Most modern hairdryers have around three heat settings; low, medium, and high. Simply aim the hairdryer towards the dent and start off with the lowest heat setting. Work your way up the heat settings until your dent pops.
Heat Gun – A heat gun will produce more heat than a hairdryer, however, also increases the risk of melting your hull. So be careful and make sure you continually move the heat gun around. Do not focus the heat in one area.
Boiling Water – Good. Old. Boiling. Water. While it is less likely to melt your hull, it does unfortunately increase the risk of burning your hull more so then the above-mentioned methods. Simply boil your kettle, pour yourself a cup of tea and slowly pour the remainder of the boiling water over the damage area and surrounding plastic. It may take a few passes with the boiling water before the dent comes out but if it still is not budging, try applying a wee bit of pressure to see if that does the trick.
TIP – Once that dent pops, remember to splash some cold water over the fixed area to help re-harden the plastic and retain its shape.
If all else fails and you simply cannot get that dent out, you'll just have to jump online or go in store and grab yourselves one of our Decathlon inflatable kayaks. Good luck trying to dent one of those suckers.