Kayaks are great for getting around the river, lake, and even ocean. However, they can be damaged by just about anything! If you have a hole in your kayak and don’t know how to fix it, here is what I recommend:

  • Check for damage in the foam.
  • Check for damage in the foam.
  • Check for damage in the gelcoat.
  • Check for damage in the deck.
  • Check for damage in the hull.
How To Fix A Hole In A Kayak

Make A Rough Patch For The Hole

You can make a rough patch for the hole by using a marker to draw a circle around it, then using tape to mark the area. If you don’t have any markers on hand, you can use pencils or sharpies instead.

Smooth Out The Rough Patching Material

You might be able to fix the hole with patching material, but it’s better to make sure that your kayak is going to hold up well. If you are planning on using this boat in rough waters like rapids or white water rafting, it will help if your kayak has a little more protection than just a patch job.

Here are some ways you can smooth out the roughed-up area:

  • Use a sanding block
  • Use a foam buffer (purchased from most hardware stores) or even an old T-shirt that is ripped at one end and comes with Velcro on both sides of its neckline so it fits around your handlebars nicely!

Tape On The Smooth Patching Material

Next, you’ll need to tape on the smooth patching material. Start by taping over any rough edges of the patching material and smoothing out any bumps or ridges.

  • You can use duct tape or other strong tapes if your kayak has a lot of scratches and scuffs.
  • Tape up the edges and smooth it out.
  • To get it to fit, you’ll need to tape up the edges and smooth it out.

First, use a brush to smooth out any bumps in your patch. Then tape up the sides of your patch so that they’re flush with each other and flat against your kayak’s hull. Use some super glue if needed! If you don’t have any super glue handy, use epoxy instead—just make sure it’s not too hot when applying because this could melt plastic or damage your kayak if too much heat gets into its inner workings (in which case we’d recommend buying another one).

  • Apply more patches over the first one, using smaller pieces.
  • Apply more patches over the first one, using smaller pieces.

Don’t worry if they don’t match up perfectly—they’ll be hidden by other patches when you’re done!

If you have an airbrush, paint on some black paint just to help it blend in with the rest of the kayak. If not, maybe use some black marker.

If you don’t have an airbrush or marker, use a paintbrush and start by painting over any white spots left behind from where you removed the hole. Then go back over these areas with more coats of paint until they’re completely covered in blackness!

  • You will have fixed your kayak!
  • You have fixed your kayak! Congratulations!
  • Now you can go back out on the water.


Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of how to fix a hole in your kayak. Though it may seem like a daunting task, it is actually quite simple. You just need to follow these steps and you will be good as new!

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