Just bought a second-hand carbon fibre kayak and am looking to give it a paint job. What's the right kind of paint (on a budget) for this in your opinions? Thanks in advance!

  • No idea personally, but if you aren't able to get an answer here I bet if you email/call any of the companies that manufacture carbon competition boats (Jackson/Pyranha/etc) they'd probably be happy to talk to you about the right (and cheap) ways to do it.
    – noah
    May 16, 2022 at 16:41
  • What is probably also important is what you should not take. Obviously, that would be stuff that is water-soluble, but also using certain poisons could be limited by law (as you might be kayaking in drinking water lakes).
    – PMF
    May 16, 2022 at 19:18

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You don't paint carbon kayaks.

If there's a coloured gelcoat you can repair that, otherwise you can use fablon (other self adhesive coloured plastics available) to recolour. The joy of fablon being that if you want a new colour next week it comes off with a hairdryer.

This isn't a solution to a damaged hull. Ensure that any gelcoat or resin fully covers the hull and there are no exposed fibres.


Check if it is polystyrene resin construction. If so, use styrene (with activator) with a pigment mixed in.

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