The thigh straps will not only making carrying a fully loaded boat easier, but also will help become more in-tune with the water so I can to move around rivers and rapids with much more control.
So...the steps for installing a d-ring, tie-down or patch...
|First we measured where the d-rings would go...|
|and traced the outline where the four d-rings on the boat will go.|
|Then we found the right angle for the rings so that the thigh strap would lay flat against my leg.|
|Next using a fine-grained sandpaper, I roughed up the area inside the circle,|
|and also the bottom of the d-ring.|
|Using M.E.K., I applied three very thin coats to the inside of my circles.|
|And the bottom of the d-ring, making sure each coat dried **it is important to not get too much M.E.K. on your boat, it will eat away at it if you are not careful! (i know because I've done it)|
|Then Kirk mixed the activator for the Staybond glue|
|and painted three very thin coats on the d-rings and the boat, making sure each coat dried fully.|
|We had to turn my boat inside out to get the front circles painted with glue.|
|The last step is using a hairdryer to heat the d-ring and boat for about 30 seconds, and then slowly applying the d-ring while smoothing it as you go so that there are no air pockets.|
|And voila, done!|