It’s happened to everyone. Regardless of how careful you are with your board, you inadvertently hit a rock; bang your board and damage to your board occurs. Dents, dings, and cracks in surfboards unfortunately happen, but they’re not the end for your board. If you notice a ding in your surfboard, the best thing to do is address it immediately; either take the board to a surf shop to have the pros help you fix it, or fix it yourself. We’ve compiled our list of do’s and don’ts for fixing dings in your surfboard.
Do address the ding as soon as possible!
Leaving dings or cracks can allow water to get into the board causing the board to get waterlogged. If you continue to surf on a board and not fix the ding over a long period of time the water will cause the fiberglass to delaminate from the foam causing serious damage to the integrity of the board.
Prepping the surfboard for repair.
If you’re fixing the ding yourself, make sure you rinse the board thoroughly with fresh water to remove all salt water and salt crystals that form from salt water. These salt crystals can retain moisture. You cannot properly fix any ding on your board until the board is completely dry and free from all moisture. Depending on how wet and waterlogged the board is you may need to let the board dry for several days prior to fixing. Clean any wax from the area of the ding to ensure the new fiberglass and resin used on the repair will bond to the board.
Cut away any delaminated fiberglass and yellow faded foam. If you’re fixing a ding on a new surfboard, you probably won’t have to cut away much fiberglass and foam, but older dings tend to have delamination and foam discoloration turning yellowish brown color.
Do get a specialized repair kit from your surf shop.
There are excellent ding repair kits for polyurethane foam boards, and specially formulated UV curing resin for repairing epoxy and polyurethane surfboards.
Don’t apply just one coat
After you’ve applied the fiberglass and resin, expose it to sunlight to harden. Then reapply an additional coat of resin to fill in and create a smooth surface.
Do sand off the additional resin
Once you’re done, use a light sandpaper to remove the excess resin to get a smooth, flat finish.
Questions about repairing your board? Come into Surf N Sea today for more information about repairs. We offer ding repair by experts right at our shop!