How To Fix A Surfboard Ding

How To Fix A Surfboard Ding

How To Repair A Surfboard  Fast

We have all been there… you’re travelling through a far-off exotic country, you are just about to go out for a surf and the waves look great, but you find out you got a ding from your last session or you damage your board on the way there… what do you do? Some surfers might sit out the session, some might use the handy old gaffer tape or a spare sticker to help keep it watertight and psychos among you might just go in any way, you know who you are…

But what if you had the ability to do a pretty good patch up job on the run to help make your board as good as new.

Its always good to know how to fix your surfboard dings and making a half decent repair can keep your stoke levels at an all-time high. Having a quick solution to make your board watertight and still perform at the highest level that you can do instantly is a must-have skill for every surfer. Especially if you are on a long surf trip having a quick repair guide could make all the difference.

Remember this is a quick patch-up job to get you through your trip or a few sessions and not a comprehensive fix but its just the bare essentials you need to have in an emergency ding repair kit to get you through.

Essential Items

  • Solarez Epoxy Resin kit with (coarse) grit sanding pad.
  • Swiss Army Knife/ pen knife/ scapel
  • Sand Paper (Fine 120-180 grit) small sheets
  • Fibreglass (various sizes or patches) – Get some patches of Fibreglass cloth before you go. (from local shapers or internet)

EXTRAS

  • Sanding block
  • Scissors

Step: 1 Dry Your Board Out:

To ensure your patch job repair lasts you have to dry your board out. if you just been surfing and had a collision in the water with another surfer or got to close to someone’s fins or just dinged it jumping in off the rocks you will want to make sure all the water is out before you make the repair

To get rid of the water there are a few things you can do firstly a few diehards will suck out the water themselves, but if you don’t fancy that leave your board in sunlight or a hot place and the sunlight should evaporate the water soon enough

Step 2: Clean Up

You can’t start fixing your board until you have good foundations so clean up around the dinged area, remove dirt, wax, or any broken stickers and sticker residue, use a wax come or a credit card to remove the wax and any residue left near the ding.

Step 3: Remove Broken Fibreglass

Check first to ensure the cutting area is clear, then see how far the damage goes up your board, cut away any broken fibreglass that’s lost or cracked giving you a clean strong edge to bond with your repair, use the pen knife for this and make sure its sharp, this will help to cut cleanly. (this can be tricky with a blunt blade) Remember to remove the broken fibreglass and any debris left in the ding.

Step 4: Apply Epoxy (Solarez)

Now its time to fill your ding, when applying solarez make sure you do it out of direct sunlight in a shaded place, this will ensure the resin doesn’t set too quickly. Apply a small amount of Solarez directly on to the dinged area ensuring it goes all the way in to avoid any air pockets forming. Try and use more resin than you need and make sure all the edges of the repair are covered to get a watertight seal. To help stop dripping use tape or cardboard to help move the resin around in place.

Once the ding is fully covered apply clear plastic sticky tape over the area to help compress the resin down and flatten the top to make sanding easier.

Step 5: Place In Sunlight (Wait To harden) 

Take the board and place it in direct sunlight and leave it for 3-5 minutes or 10-15 minutes in partial sunlight or a cloudy day, depending on sun levels. The resin will start to harden but leaving longer is always better.

Top Tip – try not to make the repair on a cloudy or rainy day or even at night as it won ‘t cure and the resin will remain soft.

Step 6: Sand Down Resin Until Flat

Once your resin is fully hardened take the sandpaper and start to sand down the excess until its flush with the board. Use the sandpaper to help shape the resin if the ding is in a difficult spot like the nose tail or rails. Sand until flat and remove excess dust.

Step 7: Cut Fibreglass Cloth

Use the scissors from the pen knife or regular scissors to cut a patch from the fibreglass cloth bigger than the size of your ding. A square or a rectangle is best and give yourself a few centimetres overlap each side to help bond the glass to the board.

Step 8: Apply Solarez To Board

Before you apply your fibreglass cloth you need to apply your base layer of solarez to the dinged area, this ensures the fibreglass has something to stick too. Use a piece of cardboard to move resin around keeping an even layer all over the repaired area.

Step 9: Apply Fiberglass And Top Layer Resin

Place your cut out piece of fibreglass cloth over the resin and then apply a top layer of resin over the fibreglass to ensure its fully saturated and covered.

Step 10: Leave To dry

Once fibreglass has been fully applied, ensure all the fibres are covered, place out in the sun for 5-10 minutes to ensure fully cured.

Step 11: Sand Down Flat And Clean Up

Now that the resin is hard we can begin the final stages of sanding, your repair is almost done. Use the sandpaper just as before to sand down the resin until smooth, ensuring not too hard to expose the fibreglass. Once you have got the repair flat and smooth with no lumps wipe off all the excess dust with an old rag or water, visually inspect it and make sure there are no lumps or holes that you missed.

Step 12 Surf

Now you finished your repair you are good to go, surf and enjoy the waves, remember this is a temporary repair and not guaranteed to keep your board watertight for years but should be enough to get your board through a surf trip and a few surf sessions.

For the best repairs, it’s always a good idea to consult your local surf shop or ding repair shop and get it professionally fixed if you are unsure of what to do.

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5 Secrets To Make Your Surfboard Last Longer

5 Secrets To Make Your Surfboard Last Longer

5 Secrets To Make Your Surfboard Last Longer

 

You spend hours searching the internet and surf shops to find that perfect board with your dimensions volume and shape you finally find your new perfect board and shes your new life partner your defiantly going to want to look after this one as she’s a keeper. You spend all your hard earned cash on her but making her last as long as possible is the key. 

Depending on the construction of your board might depend on how durable it is and how much you throw at it before it breaks.  If you have an industry standard Polyurethane And Polyester (PU) board the chances are you board will be more fragile than a more durable epoxy board. But the foam will be more resistant to water damage if it does ding.  All in all, surfboards can be pretty fragile and need to be protected as best as we can. We get to grips with that magic board that fits us so perfectly and then ding or snap and its over. There is nothing worse than it breaking or falling off the roof of the car to ruin your session.  Even if you looking to re-sell the board at a later date it’s always good to look after your board and keep it as mint as possible will keep you stoked for longer.

 

 

 

Here are our top 5 secrets to making your surfboard last longer

 

(1) Store your board in a cool safe place

 

Surfboards were built to be in the water and natural environment and of course, you going to be surfing it in the sun although modern-day surfboards can handle a bit more of a beating they are still fragile especially with a lot of exposure to the sun. Heat and sunlight can be some of the main causes for delamination on a surfboard and if you board starts it can be difficult trying to stop it spreading. If your storing the board in a shed, garage, or room keeping in a cool place will help the longevity of the board as heat and sunlight can damage the board. Keep it in a rack or a specific place where it won’t fall over or heavy objects can’t fall on it. This will make sure your board is ready to go for the next session.

 

(2) Keep it in a bag

 

One of the easiest things to do and give your board that extras protection in storage and transport keeping it in a 5-10mm padded bag will save it from a few knocks and dings especial in and out of cars on the way to the surf or pulling the straps to hard holding it down and keep your wax from melting on your seats. It’s also a necessity when travelling abroad or through airports with extra padding to ensure your quiver arrives safely at the other end. Not worse than pumping waves and damaging your board on the beach. Also helps to keep your board cool if you have a reflective board bag and keeps it out of the sun.

 

(3) Fix Your dings

 

When surfing your magic stick it can be so easy to ding a board by hitting a rock of the reef or even yourself or even on land for that matter  so If you ding a board then repair it straight away  and unfixed board can be the end of a board life if the water gets in and not fixed correctly it can lead to all sorts of problems with delamination and weight and loss of performance. Get a ding repair kit or check out our other blog of how to fix dings so to ensure your board remains watertight. Remember to use the right resin and know if your board is epoxy or polyester resin as putting polyester resin on an EPS board can eat and dissolve the foam. If your unsure what foam it is, get yourself an epoxy repair kit, as the resin is compatible with all types of foam.  But Polyester resin most common surfboard resin will melt eps foam in most epoxy boards.

 

(4) Look after it

 

Ensuring your board keeps for a few extra months or years can be down to something as simple as General Care and Maintenance Taking the time to really look after your craft with things like washing the board down with fresh water as Salt water is very corrosive, and over time can start to weaken the fibreglass. It’s a common practice for some but it will defiantly keep your board looking and feeling newer for longer. Giving your board a full physical every once and a while giving it a washing over dewaxing the board to check for compressions or delamination or dings it’s a bit like a service for a car just looking over any areas that might be weak or broken will help to minimise those future breaks.

 

(5) Be careful getting in and out

 

Another key area where you might ding or snap a board is obviously surfing so by making sure you do a few of these pointers will help keep your board intact. In the surf wear a leash to keep your board from floating off and hitting some rocks or worse snapping on some kids or beginners head. It also gives you more control over what your board is doing in the water. When getting in and out of a reef break put your board upside down so the fins are above the water and can’t hit the rocks, the same thing for the way back in. When surfing back into shore be wary of the bottom as riding over rocks or all the way into the beach can jam a fin straight through your board, so take your time getting in and out.

 

 

 

If you follow these 5 simple rules you will no doubt keep your board it a better condition and save a few pounds too.

 

 

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