Well…I decided to go ahead and put some 303 Aerospace Protectant on my Jackson Journey 14. I must say during the day sitting in the garage it looks shiny and beautiful! I First took a cotton sock and shoved my hand in it (all after cleaning the kayak first) and sprayed the cleaner both on the kayak and the sock itself and like the Karate Kid it was like wax on wax off. I put a pretty liberal amount on…waited about 5 minutes…then grabbed a dry cotton sock and put my hand in it and wiped it in real decent.
Here is my question and it is really superficial…tonight I went in the garage and we only have one low lit light working in there so shadows appear everywhere. Well as of now I have my kayak placed upside down on top of some soft pillows until I get me a nice Kayak rack…I noticed that at a certain angle it looks like someone took a light brillow pad and in perfect straight lines going all the way across the Kayak there are 1000’s of these tiny little scratch lines going the whole length of the Kayak on both sides(referring to both the top and bottom)…pretty much the whole finish. I really do not think I did this as I did not apply the Protectant on like that but more in a circular pattern.
So I am wondering if the factory over at Jackson Kayak’s is using some kind of paint buffer or something like that to finish off the build and it puts those lines there…and now that I have it all nice and glossy and shiny I am now really noticing them because well…again there is a shiny glossy finish with the Kayak sitting under a small light which is now bringing those fine lines out and of course it is night time with a small dim light so the shadows are bringing them out as well…another words they might have already been there and I never noticed them. I have never docked this on the beach (and these linear scratches are on top of the Kayak as well) and trust me I did not cause these fine line scratches from Kayaking. They are very light scratch marks I mean you can barely feel them if you rub you’re fingers along them but again they all run in the same direction which is linear from the back of the Kayak all the way to the front…both right side up and upside down.
Could my sock have caused this? it was not abrasive at all nor have I ever used anything abrasive on the Kayak even while cleaning it…and if so why would the lines be in straight linear patterns and not more in circular patterns? I did like Master Miyagi told me and applied on with circular motions and not straight across…again wax on…wax off…eeyahh!!
Either way I am not too concerned about this because once this thing is out in the sun it is BEAUTIFUL and not noticeable unless I were to point them out and have someone really lean over and look down the Kayak to notice them.
Also…the material of this 2017 Jackson Journey 14 Kayak is “Linear Polyethylene”…how ironic being that these fine lines/scratches run linear as well. I understand Kayaks get beat up over time but this is my first real Kayak and still new… it is my baby and I suffer from OCD…I actually am supposed to take medication from it but I am afraid of medications…maybe I should start taking them now to ease my stress over little (or what seem big to me) things like this…but I really would appreciate anybody’s input if they have any.
Thanks in advance.