I wouldnt worry too much man. Its been so cold the past couple months and the shaper probably doesnt have an area thats heated enough to get the resin to set so hes only getting work done on the warmer days. Thats how it is with a lot of guys, they get backed up with work when its real cold and on the warm days they try to bust out as much as they can.
Just food for thought...big delam(s?), dings, dewaxing, fin box, drill thru, reglass, gloss and polish...I'm assuming color as well?. Regardless that is a serious amount of work...sanding everything to the lam, removing the delam...filling with qcell or dropping in new foam, fixing shatters, etc....makes me cringe just thinking about how much time is (or has been )probably invested into that board.
However, i am guessing they don't do in-house repairs...??? if not, well...they may be just as stuck as you are...they gave it to someone local who has not touched it or is only half-way thru...bummer for them that you both are stuck in the situation. If the do the dings in house...well, that's a different story...and I would say shame on them. I get a flexible deadline...but that should have been stated up front...whatever the possible issue.
I would just tell 'em you're unhappy that the deadline has come and gone and you feel like your getting the run around. I'd be courteous but firm...never know where they're at...also, I'd do it in person. I same just be honest about the situation and ask them to do the same.
Lastly, I also suggest editing your previous post taking the shop name out it. Regardless of your situation, I would just keep the shop name in your personal circle and not give them business in the future if you are that unhappy. My perspective is that you have been given some good advice and realistically...no reason to drill the shop. If this is typical of their repairs...word will get around...otherwise no reason to have everyone focus on an anomaly..also seems like those trying to persuade you to name drop were just overly curious. My $.02...
just to get one thing straight i love the shop and i've never had a problem with them before. the shop is great and the people who work it are great. this is the shapers fault. you are right it is alot of work but they have had the board since november.
Last edited by phishphansurferfromnj; Mar 23, 2011 at 11:21 PM.
it's been f--king COLD!! resin doesn't cure well in cold temps & if the guy doing the repair doesn't have a heated space, then he hasn't had many days that would allow him to do resin work!
like i said, i wonder if you *really* understand how much work actually is going into making this board rideable & water tight. regardless of sentimental value, it sounds like it may have been more practical to get it cosmetically pleasing & wall hang it in honor of your uncle (my condolences, btw...losing someone you're close to is never easy).
the shop in question does high quality repair work, but i think you're over-estimating how quickly one can do that sort of work, for that amount of $$$, in those conditions. yea, it sucks the promised date has come & gone, but i think the shop may have also been overly optimistic.
Rome wasnt built in a day and all good things come to those that wait. I have seen boards in worse shape that your with stringer rotted in spot and massive amount of foam damage get brought back to life but it took a bit longer. This was a bad winter so u gotta factor weather in as said earlier.
I shape and repair boards and let me tell you this winter has been horrible! I even have a curing oven for uv resin, but with the humidity and dampness there was times when I couldn't do what I wanted for a week or more. And with the many amounts of steps it takes to restore a board, i can see it taking a long time and yours is probably not the only board they have. So I would just ask them to update you on whats being done so you are aware and know what to expect. And if they are really doing a good job, trying to figure out and analyze how to go about making it the best can be challenging. Restoring a board is much harder than shaping a new one, especially when you are trying to keep it as original as possible and you don't want to ruin it.
also it is sentimental value to me. it's my uncles old board who passed away who was a great person and a great surfer. i'm going to surf it in honor of him. it won't be my go to board but i will take it out alot. it's a 7'8 greg noll fain's formula and it's kind of egg shape.
I was so touched after reading this; as its has to be one of the nicest most sincere posts I have ever read on this forum. It certianly explains how and why you're concerns over the repair of the Greg Noll. What a tribute to your Uncle and you can't put a price on that either and you should be proud. When the project is complete please share Pics so we all can share more of what you have done.
It's a weclome to see such kindness over the "hating' and "bashing" so oftern viewed that special attention and credit should be stowed to those that rise above the norm.