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Sunday, 09 October 2011 10:00

How To Stick Decals To Your Kayak

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How To Stick Decals To Your Kayak Photograph by Mark Watanabe

One thing many kayak fishermen have in common is the desire to customize their fishing kayaks. An easy way to add your own personal flair is by adding stickers or decals to your kayak. Many of today’s Roto-Molded kayaks have a textured surface making it hard to get the decals to stick for more than a few trips. Bill Howard shows us how to get stickers to stick to his Malibu kayak’s textured surface.

Since it was way too windy to fish today, I broke out the decals and sand paper.

What you’ll need:

  1. Your decals
  2. 150 or finer grit sand paper
  3. Denatured Alcohol
  4. Head Gun
  5. Clean Rag


Step 1 - Mark the area you want to apply the decals on.

kayak sticker mark your location

Step 2 - Using 150 or finer grit sand paper, sand down the area until it is smooth.

kayak sticker tools

kayak sticker sanding

Step 3 - Once the area is smooth, clean it with denatured alcohol.

kayak sticker denatured alcohol

Step 4 - Heat the area with a heat gun, I used my daughters hair dryer. Once it’s hot, heat the decal and apply. Apply some heat while you smooth the decal out as well.

kayak sticker heat gun

That’s it, not much to it really.

kayak sticker finished product



About the Author: Bill Howard is a Pro Staff Member at Yakangler.com, as well as Malibu Kayaks. He is also on the Columbia Sportswear Pro Team. Bill is an avid photographer and writer, contributing to numerous websites and publications in the Tampa Bay area. In 2008 he completed a 17 day, 129 mile trip around Tampa Bay raising nearly $4000 dollars for the American Heart Association. He is also a board member for the Tampa Bay Chapter of Hero's on the Water.

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# Jhonson Gill 2012-04-18 13:32
window decals are awesome to share your thoughts,views or any thing which you want to share with others can be your kayaks name or whatever and thanks for sharing these decals with us.
# Marc bath 2016-10-23 21:23
Great information ihave a Malibu pro explorer and could never get any stickers to stick , this has been very helpful
# tlashley 2017-06-09 13:44
Do you think this same technique would work on the top of a yeti cooler? I have some i would like to add and the lid has a textured surface

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