One inch wide grade 49 Kevlar tape. Kevlar is a structural aramid cloth used for marine, sporting goods and aerospace applications to provide excellent impact, abrasion, and heat resistance.
Kevlar is also one of the lightest structural fibers available. Kevlar is five times stronger than steel on a weight for weight basis.
Our Kevlar material is ideal for reinforcing kayaks, canoes and racing shells.
Kevlar fabric style 281, plain weave, 0.012 Thick.
September 11, 2013
The kevlar tape is great to work with if you use masking tape on the cut ends to prevent unraveling, the existing sides are perfect for repairs and as a keel strip. Its best to use a good penetrating epoxy to get the best results or like i did was to soak the tape in slow setting epoxy and then massaged it into the tape before setting on the surface intended for repairs. Once set things looked good and only the masking tape ends were sanded and re-epoxied to make a smooth transition.
June 5, 2012
I don't have a lot of experience with fiberglass, so I can't make much of a comparison there. What I can say though is that this tape is very difficult to cut. I found that by laying the tape across a 2x4 I can cut it with several passes of a utility knife. Hopefully that toughness will translate to increased strength in my lay-up.