From time to time, your surfboard will pick up dings from pebbles and rocks. It's important to fix damage as soon as possible to prevent salt water from getting into the board's foam construction and ruining it.
Here's a quick guide on how to fix surfboard dings.
What you will need
- masking tape
- sanding resin and catalyst
- wax comb
- paint brush
You can find everything you need for this job in surf supply and DIY stores.
How to do it
- Your first job is to remove the damaged material under the ding. Let the board dry out and then cut away any rotten foam. If the ding has been there for a while, there will be more foam to remove, so it's important that you deal with problems as soon as possible.
- Now you need to clean the area before you can repair it. Use a wax comb to remove any board wax, and then wipe the area with acetone to remove any other greasy matter that will prevent your repair from adhering securely to the board.
- Sand the damaged area with coarse grit sandpaper that leaves the board surface nice and rough. A roughened surface will help the repair to bond securely to the board and last longer.
- To ensure that the repair area is contained, tape it off with masking tape.
- Your next job is to fill in any gaps that were left when you cut away the rotten foam. Mix up a small amount of sanding resin in a cup and add some Q-Cell. Stir the mixture until you have a thick paste. Finish the concoction by adding a few drops of catalyst.
- Now you can pour the mixture into the ding so that it is completely filled. Make sure that there are no air bubbles trapped inside the mixture by stirring it with a stick as you pour. Removing air bubbles is important as they will remain inside the repair when it dries, causing a weakness.
- When the mixture has dried, sand it smooth.
- Cut out two circles from the fibreglass. Mix some sanding resin with a few drops of acetone and stick the fibreglass over the repair. When the repair has cured, sand it smooth.
You can repair small dings in your surfboard by following the instructions given above. For more serious damage, you may want to refer the problem to your local surfboard shop for repair.