Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Ding Repair 101

So you Dinged your board! In this Economy, spending another 300.00 on a New Stick is not realistic. I am a sponsored Surfer, I get 4 Boards a year and I still repair all my own Dings. There are some Steps to remember when performing surgery on your favorite Board:

- Always Dry the Ding out for 24 hours before starting the repair.

- Sand down or Cut back the Ding. Make sure to cut all the Soaked or Damaged Foam out. If not you will eventually get a Delam.

- Once the Ding is fully cut back, make sure the surface is clean and sterilized

- Once you have cleaned and sterilized the Ding, build a Support Structure around the Ding. You can use Tape, a piece of a plastic bottle or zip lock bag. Build a Structure around the ding with enough room for the Q-Cell and Resin to Fill the Ding.

- Fill the Ding with your Fix Mix. Some use Q-Cell and Resin, some use Solar Resin with the Q-cell built in. Which ever Method you prefer, remember once the Sun hits the Resin mixed with a Hardener you only have seconds to work with it!

- Poor in you Mix and let it sit. Make sure the sun is directly on the Ding.

- Once the Ding is Filled and the Mix is Hard, then cut back the extra Resin. You can use a Razor Blade or sharp knife and Genteelly cut back the excess Mix or Resin.

- Once the Ding is roughly cut back, then you can begin to sand the ding.

- Once the Filler is sanded down, then you can cover the Ding with Glass. Remember to Cut the Glass with enough excess to cover the full Ding. This is very important when fixing a Ding on a rail. I always measure twice and cut once!

- Now that your Glass is Cut, Mix some Resin and Hardener and poor it over the glass. Place the Ding in the direct sun light again for Maximum Hardening.

- Now you can sand down the Ding. Make sure not to Sand too deep here and use a 220 Grit sand Paper or higher. Only Sand the Ding area and do not weaken the area around the ding by over sanding. a good tip here is to use a Wet Sand Paper and run water over the Ding while you Sand.

Good luck and Keep those Boards Water Tight!

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