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    Heavy surfboard repair advice

    So, below is a twitter picture link showing my damaged sharp eye disco. My truck burned to the ground on my drive back east. Some boards are gone completely, some are lightly damaged and a few we're completely saved.

    http://twitter.com/zachdrescher/stat...725123/photo/1

    It may be hard to see, but this board suffered from heat damage. It's water tight, but there is a 1 foot area that is partially delaminated all the way to the rail. I'm going to have to cut out the whole area all the way into the rail. The foam feels intact.

    I'm just looking for advice to keep the structural integrity of the rail. Should I cut the glass off the rail all the way up to the top deck side of the board? Or should I just cut partially into the rail rail and mend the new glass to te rail. I just want to make sure I keep it as cemetrical as possible? Got a new power sander for Christmas, new resin and powder/ hardener with a 10 square foot sheet of glass. Ready for action.

    Usually would take this to Joe Roper, but no longer in San Diego. No professional repair guys on Hilton Head. No surf shops down here even carry repair kits or equipment. Talkin this one myself. I've done tons of repairs before but this is a major patch job into te rail on my favorite board. Gotta get it right

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    I repair boards professionally. Delaminations are very tricky...especially those on the rail. I dont recommend cutting out all the glass because it is going to cause a lot more work. My advice is to find on the bottom side where the delamination starts and cut a straight line into the glass over that area. Then you can go in and pop up the rest of the glass that may still be attached to the foam so it is completely delaminated. prop the board up on the side, kick your mix very slow and pour the resin down into the area so it completely fills it. massage the area to work the resin in, lay it flat and put a masonite board down over it with clamps and weights. Let it sit for a while until its def kicked. then you can prep the area that you cut into and patch that. you may have to do this to the other side as well. Delams are a ***** and its easy to screw up. find you local glass shop if you're uncomfortable. if you cut all the glass out, you are gonna have to fill it with qcell and reshape the rail and then patch that entire area. so i dont recommend that.

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    Thanks. That makes perfect sense. There are no glass shops anywhere on HHI. I have to do this one solo. The rail seems intact, albeit dis colored. So if I pull the resin up an inch or so off the rail, lay one layer of fiberglass and resin under, overlapping back into the open cut area, clamp the rail down and then work my way back in. I think my father in law has a clamp

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    I've got a delam i've been procrastinating on for a while. I've heard you can drill holes in the glass then inject the resin. Then go back to clamping.

    More importantly, how did your truck burn down?

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    My delam is not typical. It is raised off the foam from the heat. A resin injection wouldn't work because the contour on the glass are lifted now like a tiny mountain range. The resin and glass re-hardened with a vein like texture

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    if it is still lifted. just sand it back flat. skim it with some q-cell and then repatch it. dont lay any cloth down until you have the shape back right. basically the only place you would lay cloth is over the cut you made after you have bonded the original glass back to the foam. if you did this already, it will probably be alright but you're still gonna need to lay cloth over the cut area. glass, pregrind the edges and then hot coat. I don't recommend drilling holes for the other dudes questions. its better to make a straight cut the entire length of the delam and lift the glass off of the foam. that way when you pour the resin back in it (just resin..no cloth is involved yet) it will get into all the areas. good luck. delams can turn into a 7+ step process. also something ive learned, no matter how bad you screw something up...it can always be fixed.
    Last edited by snj surfer; Dec 31, 2012 at 02:08 PM.