- 17 June 2014 | Surfing
It happens all the time. Surfboards are fragile objects of design. Even the most careful surfer will, one day, find a crack on his favorite surfboard. So, how can you fix a surfboard ding and rail shatters?
Accessing the damage is a priority. After washing the tears away, we need to analyze carefully how seriously hurt is the surfboard. If you've broken the magic stick in two, you should consider visiting a professional shaper.
If you're simply repairing a small/medium crack, then you can do it yourself. No worries. In the end, the ultimate goal is to protect the core, the inner foam, from the destructive power of salted water.
Water can easily and quickly damage your surfboard forever. If your board is not properly sealed against H2O, it will become yellow, heavy and rotten with time.
Forget the old surfers' formula: tape and wax. While it may be a temporary solution, it is definitely not the recommended way to fix dings. Ready to save your surfboard from the hospital bed?
First of all, make sure you've cleaned the board. Remove sand, wax and salt. Squeeze the crack to confirm there's not water inside. If it's completely dry, you can carry on.
If you own a polyurethane foam surfboard, note that there are excellent ding repair kits in the market. For general touches, there is specially formulated UV curing resin for repairing epoxy and polyurethane surfboards.
Now, apply the desired amount of resin into the damaged area. Do it in the shade, with a wooden stick, for example, and make sure to spread the product over the ding, pressing out the bubbles, filling cracks and crevices.
Cover the resin with plastic sheet to mold the resin into proper shape. Expose the resin to sunlight. You'll notice that it will gel, and then harden within five minutes.
Reapply additional resin if necessary to fill up gaps and low areas. Finally, sand off rough and excess using a light sandpaper. You'll get a smooth, flat finish.
Bigger dings may require fiberglass cloth. It will strengthen larger areas and exposed surfboard foam. All you have to do is cut the fiberglass patch slightly larger than the repaired area, and press it into a thin layer of resin. Add more resin and expose it to sunlight.
Take a look at the best surfboard ding repair kits.