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 Posted 3/18/2012 7:11:07 AM
 

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Hey guys, I just recieved a kayak and had the idea of maybe painting it. It is a dull yellow color... alls I'd do is paddle out to some clumps of reeds and plant myself there for the hunt. Is there a need to paint it for this? Or do you think the ducks will pick out the shape and slight color difference of the kayak from the reeds? Shed me some light if you can!  Thanks!
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 Posted 3/18/2012 2:40:41 PM
 

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I painted my canoe, blends in nicely...it wasn't plastic though.

I have a plastic (green) kayak that I didn't paint because I figured it would chip too easily on the plastic. 

Instead, I laid a piece of camouflage cloth over the kayak and used an exacto knife to cut out the shape of the boat (with a little extra on the sides to drape over the edges. Then, I cut out a hole for the cockpit so I can still get in and out. I tied the cloth to both the front and rear grab loops, and the cockpit hole was cut tightly enough that it holds in the middle as well...this way the entire cloth stays in place.

On the water, the kayak sits very low, and the edges of the cloth just barely reach the water.  When I get where I'm going I grab some of the brush/weeds, throw it on the top and the whole thing all but disappears.  It was a quick and easy fix and will last a lot longer than paint.

Hope this helps!

-God Bless
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 Posted 3/19/2012 5:13:46 AM
 

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Is it any specific cloth that does the job, or just any camo cloth that will hold up to the wear? Where'd you get yours? Thanks Esutter, I appreciate it!
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 Posted 3/19/2012 8:43:40 AM
 

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I had a huge piece of synthetic (very plastic feeling) mesh, kind of like what some camo facemasks are made of.  I suppose any kind of cloth would do, but the heavier stuff (like burlap) might create a little more drag and get a bit heavy if it was draped into the water.  

I had to double up the mesh to make it thick enough that the green of the kayak wasn't showing through, but two layers of mesh is still very thin and light, and doesn't hold hardly any water.

All in all, anything would really do, but I was glad to have something lighter in weight that wouldn't hold as much water.

-God Bless
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 Posted 3/19/2012 1:36:59 PM
 

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Yeah, I see where you are coming from. I'll have to look around, thanks a bunch!
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 Posted 3/19/2012 4:10:51 PM
 

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Heh Kyle, check out walmart.  I got their camo burlap on my canoe as well as their leafy style camo fabric.  Both types came in a 12'x12' square.  The leafy stuff is lightweight, but does blow around a bunch.  The burlap does get a little heavier when wet, but not so much that I care.

The only surprise I got was when I got out of the water after first use I had black paint all over my hands from some of the paint coming off the wet burlap.  No biggy though, just sayin'.

If I remember correct, they were a little under 20 bucks each.


 


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 Posted 3/20/2012 6:28:55 PM
 

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I'll hopefully be heading out toward a Walmart in the next week or two, I'll look for that stuff for sure! Do you think one is better than the other overall, durability/efficiency wise? Thanks again, it's highly appreciated!
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 Posted 3/21/2012 11:04:59 AM
 

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If you are looking to paint your kayak, try using a plastic primer first.  Make sure the kayak is clean before you paint.  (dirt, oils, etc.)  Krylon makes paint specifically made for painting on plastic.  It bonds very well to most plastic materials.  This will allow you to put multiple top coats over it to paint whatever color you would like.  You could paint it camo, olive drab, tan, brown, etc. after you put put on a good coat of primer.  Solid colors would allow you customize your camo to your surroundings by using different camo mesh/burlap to match where you are hunting.  If you do paint it camo, be sure to add a couple coats of kylon extra flat clear coat.  If it's a little a shiney, rub it down with some burlap cloth.  It dulls down the shine.  Hope this helps.  Good luck.
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 Posted 3/22/2012 6:11:58 PM
 

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Alright, thanks for that, should be very very helpful if I go with paint! Stuck between the two, might be leaning toward the fabric just a little. Or maybe both! What is the best way to attach the fabric anyways?
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 Posted 3/22/2012 6:39:09 PM
 

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I didn't do anything fancy to attach the fabric.
When I cut out the shape, I also cut a small hole in both the bow and stern section of the fabric and used a small section of cord to feed through the fabric and tie it off to the boat's grab loops so it was tied down in both the front and back. My kayak's cockpit has about an inch and a half lip that I am able to use to hold the center of the fabric  down. This way it's held down front, middle and back.

-God Bless

Edited: 3/22/2012 6:39:45 PM by ESutter
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