I’m recently new to paddling and purchased my first canoe used. The previous owner said that this canoe was a project of his that he repaired and was now selling. It is made of Royalex.
The keel and stern had a piece of flextape on it to protect and cover the main repairs that he had done. When I got it home, I saw that the flextape was peeling off. I removed most of it and saw that there was a silicone patch job filling in most of the crack in the hull (both keel and stern).
I purchased a Kevlar patch kit and was intending on bonding it to the hull with GFlex 650 epoxy. I first tested to see if the epoxy would bond to the silicone and unfortunately, it won’t.
What would you guys recommend that my course of action should be? Do I need to pick out all of the silicone to do a proper repair job? My intention is to fix it correctly, because I might keep this canoe for a while.
Thanks in advance!