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    Help - Fin Issue

    I picked up a used Longboard with a glassed in fin recently. The few times Ive taken it out I've noticed a humming vibration/ noise at slower speeds. I had the same problem once with a different board and was told it could b an imperfection with the fin.

    Anyone had this issue? Any idea how I can fix?

    Thanks

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    Make sure your fin is clean of wax.
    Check the leading and trailing edges of the fin, and sand out any nicks (if it's a fiberglass fin).
    Check the edges of the patches that run up the side of the fin... be sure they're faired well.
    Dull the trailing edge of the fin, particularly at the tip.

    Most of the time, if it was an inexperienced glasser, the hotcoat has ripples or other irregularities, and a careful sanding solves the problem.

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    LBcrew is right on- but if the above is not the issue- it could be a miss alignment of the fin- usually the cant and the toe-in of the side fins. Sometimes you can see it with your eyes- sometimes you gotta measure it. I have repaired fins on boards before and when its not right, usually you get the hummmm.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. The fin is in excellent shape and it's a Bing so I don't think that its an issue with the glasser.

    If I do find any irregularities, what grit sandpaper should I use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jml7140 View Post
    The fin is in excellent shape and it's a Bing so I don't think that its an issue with the glasser.
    Bing is just a label, not a guarantee in quality. Matt has plenty of ghost shapers learning under him.

    Not thread related, but are you talking about a green Levitator with a red fin? If so, my custom 9'6" Elevator shipped to NC with your Levitator. Just a cool note, considering only 4 boards were shipped on that order.

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    The one I picked up was green with a blue fin. I found it used on Craigslist. It was originally ordered by a guy that works for one of the local shops.

    I have ordered boards from Margaret at Bing before and they are great on customer service. I may just take it into CB surf shop and see what they think.

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    I'm also going to take it out without the lease next time to see if it may be teh lease getting wrapped around the fin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jml7140 View Post
    If I do find any irregularities, what grit sandpaper should I use?
    I usually sand out any nicks or bumps with 100 grit to get the meat of the work done, then progress through 150, 220, 320, 400 wet. If I'm just dulling the edges I start with 220 or so, doing a little at a time, until it stops.