The mountable, 68" shade diameter Kayak umbrella kit comes with everything you need to go kayaking in the shade - even out on the flats!
Now with an alternative method of installing the umbrella mounting ball to your kayak. We are utilizing a relatively new high strength adhesive and primer from 3M – the 1-1/2” Ball Mount that holds up our Umbrella Systems can be virtually “glued” onto any flat surface of a polyethylene kayak!
We apply one side of the 2-1/2” circle of adhesive tape to the bottom of the ball mount at the factory. Then all you need to do is choose a good FLAT surface on your kayak to put the ball mount (we recommend the umbrella system be positioned behind the user).
After “the perfect place” for the mount has been chosen - you'll need to thoroughly clean, rinse, and dry that area. Then (we suggest) using a pencil or tape to trace around the flange of the ball mount where it comes in contact with the kayak. This will give you a 2-1/2” circle, to use as a guide - making it easy to apply primer to only the area where the ball mount will sit.
Make sure your surface is clean and dry, and then using the (included) 3M™ Tape Primer 94 apply a thin, uniform coat to the “circle” that you’ve marked.
To apply: squeeze the middle of the primer pen to release the primer into the dauber at the bottom. The primed surface must remain free from contaminants prior to applying the tape. It's important to use the minimum amount of product necessary as over applying can cause sub-optimal results. Allow the primer to dry completely, which is usually accomplished in 5 minutes at room temperature, then apply the tape.
Special note: porous surfaces may require 2 applications for uniform coverage and good adhesion. Allow your first application of primer to dry before applying a second coat.
After the primer is dry, carefully remove the paper cover from the bottom of the mounting ball. (Note: this adhesive sticks to ANYTHING and EVERYTHING it touches – be very careful!) While holding the middle of the ball mount with both hands – center it directly over the already primed “circle” you’ve marked. Then SLOWLY lower the ball mount down onto the kayak, trying to center it perfectly inside the circle you’ve marked.
Once the ball mount is in place, press down hard all around the edges of the mounting flange – the harder it is pressed down – the better it sticks.
That’s it - you’re done! (According to 3M, you need to wait 24 hours before use for best results.)
KEEP PRIMER PEN AWAY FROM CHILDREN and DISPOSE OF PROPERLY after use.
How To Use Kayak Umbrella System In Strong Winds
Our umbrellas are designed to invert instead of breaking in the event of a really strong wind gust. If while you’re using the umbrella there is a strong wind gust and the umbrella inverts, it is best to wait on a lull in the wind. Then turn around while facing the wind, pull back and let the wind help force the umbrella back to its normal shape. Do not force or pull the umbrella back while the wind is still blowing or it may result in the umbrella breaking.