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Patching Surfboard Fiberglass

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    • So, to begin, we need a nice clean working area. My place is small so I used my patio set (not the best idea though, as my wife flipped when she found out I was using toxic chemicals where we occasionally eat, just beware.)

    • Things you will need:

    • Surfboard with dings

    • Cleaning tools: wax comb, rag, and Gloves!!!

    • Resin, Q-Cell Filler, Hardener, Fiberglass Cloth

    • Mixing cup, stirring stick,Transparency

    • Sand paper: 1 rough grit and 1 fine grit

    • Starbucks (optional)

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    • Next, you need to identify the dinged areas and figure out which method you prefer to use. I used cloth repair on the bigger ones (and the rail ones) and then the sun cure on the small ones (because I have heard it works well enough on small stuff).

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    • Now we need to clean the dinged area of all the wax and fiberglass flakes.

    • Grab your comb and scrape any wax from around the area to be repaired.

    • Sand down, approximately 1/4", till you have a nice smooth surface.

    • Cut a small groove (in the direction of the ding) to give the repair mixture somewhere to seep into.

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    • Now we come to the mixing process.

    • First figure how much resin you are going to need to adequately cover the cloth piece with a little to spare to pre-dab the dinged area.

    • Add Filler, it helps to make the solution less watery and more workable

    • Then add the hardener; you only need a little and it really depends on the temp. Your box should say what is appropriate for your particular weather.

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    • Mixing Process (Continued)

    • Put the fiberglass cloth that you cut into the mixture.

    • Stir the cloth in slowly to cover the cloth with mixture without causing air bubbles.

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    • Application Process:

    • Pre-dab the area with some of the solution, if there is a chunk of the fiberglass gone, use the solution generously to fill void.

    • Spread the soaked fiberglass cloth over the dinged area and smooth it out with your fingers.

    • Use the transparency to spread the cloth evenly, working out any noticeable bubbles.

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    • Application Process (Continued)

    • Hold the transparency in place (be aware that it will not stay put).

    • Use tape (scotch, masking, painters) to secure the edges and make sure the transparency is held down tight

    • Curing and Finishup:

    • Let the mixture cure.

    • It should take, depending on your weather, about 1 hour or so to dry completely.

    • Don't remove the transparency until dry.

    • Once dry, remove the transparency and use a fine sand paper to even out any new bumps from the new fiberglass surface.

    • Then, voila! your board should be back to working order. Get out there and this time try to be more careful on the trip back to the car. ;)

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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You forgot step 0 - choose a well-ventilated area (like the outdoors) before opening those aromatic chemical bottles.

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