I just purchased (my first) a Wilderness Systems Sealution 16’ Kayak (Fiberglass model). Robins Egg Blue top and white hull. Obviously, this is a used kayak with it’s share of scratches and had been stored outside so there is oxidation. I am planning a recondition of this kayak and needed some advice and assistance on a couple of items.
- What is the best way to remove the decals and stickers for the kayak without damaging the body? (They are old and faded)
- How to repair or recondition the scratches on the hull?
- I would like to remove as much of the oxidation as possible from the top and bring out that robins egg blue color. How would you suggest I go about doing that? I was planning on using this product: http://marinerv.meguiars.com/product/Specialty-Kits/Fiberglass-Restoration-System
What are your thoughts?
- On this type of kayak, would it be prudent to add any further flotation material?
- There is a one inch wide black plastic-type strip that runs around the seam that connects the top and the hull. It is brittle in some spots. What is this and how would I go about repairing or replacing?
- As I will be using this for some night fishing, I want to paint the inside of the cockpit and storage areas, white. Do I need to throw down some primer/marine primer and marine paint to accomplish this?
- The seat is not the most comfortable with no back support. Alternatives?
- If I should decide to repaint the entire kayak down the road, should I try his myself or hire a professional?
Any help, suggestions, recommendations (Am I missing Something?) would be greatly appreciated.