How to Repair a Skimboard Ding
So you ding-ed your board? It’s bound to happen sooner or later and here at Outdoor Board Sports, you’re in good care. We’ve compiled a nice set of instructions since this is a problem that happens a lot, and it’s very important to fix the problem sooner rather than later, since the longer you wait the more chance there will be of major damage to the foam inside the board.
1. Get your materials
You need to go into this fully prepared since this all needs to be done at the same time. So, you’ll need the following:
-Resin: There are three main types of resin used on skimboards and it’s important to use the one your skimboard is made of.
-Sandpaper: There are varying grits of sandpaper, you can get away with using just rough grit sandpaper to complete the job, but we recommend using both rough and fine grit to get the surface smoother.
-Fiberglass: A few types of fiberglass are generally used for skimboards. You don’t have to use the same type of fiberglass that your board is made of to fix a ding since this type of repair provides no structural support. All you need is just enough fiberglass to cover to the ding, preferably the same color.
-Masking Tape: To mark off the area that you are working on.
-Scissors: To get the fiberglass to the right size, you’ll need to cut it down.
-Popsicle stick: You’ll need something to mix and apply to resin.
-Cup: This is where you will mix the resin
-Paper towels: Because you’re going to make a mess!
2. Sand the ding
Sand down the ding with rough grit sandpaper to remove damaged fiberglass. Try to make the ding as smooth and clean as possible.
3. Use the tape
Outline the outer boundary of the ding to mark off the area you’ll be working on to keep the whole procedure clean and organized.
4. Cut the glass
Cut a piece of fiberglass out so it’s big enough that it will cover the ding. Make sure that it’s about ½ inch bigger than the ding so that there’s enough fiberglass to bond with the board.
5. Apply your resin
First mix the resin and catalyst in the cup. Read the directions to make sure you get the quantities of resin to catalyst correct. Then with the popsicle stick, get a small dab and smear it on the ding, then place the fiberglass piece over the ding and apply some more resin on top of the fiberglass. Smear it in nicely.
6. Hang out
Peel off the tape and give the resin a few hours to dry. Read the resin instructions for the specific amount of time.
7. Sand it down
After it’s all dried and hard, take the rough grit sandpaper and sand the fiberglass and resin down to get a nice even and flush area. Be careful not to sand through the new fiberglass.
8. Final coat
Mix some more resin and put a final coat over the area. This will be a very thin coat that will touch up the area. Placing a plastic bag around your finger and smoothing the resin out on the board that way is a good way to do this.
9. Hang out again
Let it all dry once again.
10. Sand it down for the last time
Take the fine grit sandpaper and go over the area one last time. Remove any edges or bumps, make the area nice and smooth. When you’re done, your board is now fixed and water worthy once again. Go hit the water!