All you need to know about Surfboard Ding Repair

All you need to know about Surfboard Ding Repair

Dings Happen…

From their first use, boards are always getting dings. Damages happen from being dropped, hitting rocks, hitting other boards and/or surfers out in the water, or simply from bouncing around in the back of your truck. Once a board has a crack or hole in the glass, it can start taking in water. Once this happens, the board will become water-logged, weigh more, and not perform how it should. A common quick fix is to throw some duct tape over the crack. This really doesn't solve the problem though. Solarez is a leading ding repair supply company, to help you fix your board and help extend its' life.

About Quick Fix Sun Cure Resin

Solarez comes in both an epoxy and polyester resin and dries quick once exposed to sunlight. Make sure you select the correct resin type to repair your board. It can be applied to dings up to about the size of a quarter, anything bigger and you want to seek out a professional. After it is applied you can place it in the sun and it will harden (cure) in 5-10 minutes. After this it can be sanded flush with the board.

Prep Work

Before you even begin fixing a board, you need to make sure the blank is completely dry. To determine if the blank is water-logged, push down on the glass around the ding. If water starts to come out, the foam is wet, and longer drying time is necessary. You should never fix a ding while the foam underneath is still wet, as it will cause bad delamination.

Fixing a small crack

To fix small dings and cracks, you need to sand down the chip or crack until you see the fibers of the fiberglass cloth below. Sand all around the damaged area, which will help prevent any future damages once you fix your board. Once the area is totally sanded and you can see the texture of the actual fibers of the fiberglass, it's time to put on the Solarez. Apply a large amount of Solarez over the area.
It's usually better to use more Solarez than less, you can just sand off any extra. Make sure to cover the sanded area, as well as some over the edge, to make sure you don't get any future leaks around the ding area. You can smooth out the Solarez with a smooth stick like a coffee stirrer to get even application. Once dry, start sanding with rough grit sandpaper, moving down to a fine grit. You can finish using wet sandpaper to make the Solarez flush with the board resin. That's it! Your board is repaired and you're ready to get back out in the water.
Don’t let your board get water logged – Fix it today with Solarez!

Marc Miller fro Isle Surf and SUP

About the Author -is the founding partner of Isle Surf & SUP an online retailer of paddle boards & surfboards. He has been involved in board manufacturing, product development and website management for Isle since its inception in 2004. He also writes the Isle Surf & SUP Blog. An avid surfer and paddler for the past 2 decades when hes not in the office he can be found on foreign shores searching for waves and fun.