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    Ding repair - what would you do?

    What would you do with this ding on the rail? It's 1"x1/2" and has compressed roughly 1/4" in a spot.

    Would you:
    A- cut away fiberglass, q-cell and reglass?
    B- lift fiberglass, backfill, and glass patch over?
    C- fill will epoxy and glass patch over?


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    1) sand lightly with 220 grit sandpaper
    2) blow clean with *light* compressed air or reasonable facsimile (too much air can cause delamination)
    3) set board on rail and use duct tape to build a small "cup" around area to be fixed; make sure "cup" is well sealed
    4) pour properly-catalyzed resin into "cup" until ding is covered by 1/8" of resin; let dry
    5) use metal file or 60 grit sandpaper to remove excess dried resin, leaving about 1/16" or less
    6) use 220, then 400 to smooth repaired area until level with rail
    7) finish off and buff with wet-n-dry sandpaper

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    A--kidrock's steps would work--just drop a glass patch/hot coat after his step 7

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    another approach would be to step away from the 1960's technology.

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    The Q Cell/Glass option is probably the most professional, but Kidrock's suggestion to just fill it with resin would work fine. And unless you are a WCT surfer, you won't feel the weight difference caused by the 1/4 ounce of resin you put in the rail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baddy trailerpark View Post
    another approach would be to step away from the 1960's technology.
    This is a great point in terms of materials, but even modern fabrics ding, crease, etc. case in point, I think that Coils are some of the most innovative using modern fabric and techniques in glassing, but my buddy who has a wider wider board has not only had a number dings but also has an area delamming...but baddy I still think the point is valid.

    To keep this on track though...I still suggest Choice A...and recommend UV resin as a tech upgrade as well as S-glass ;-)

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    Thumbs down board technology

    to get to my stage of cynicism i had to break 3 'LOST' boards in a row. the last one was
    the closest thing to an epiphany i've ever hadů.

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    D- Put a sticker over it.

    Where on the rail is the ding and did it happen in the water?
    I'd go the q-cell route because I could inspect the foam and clean out the debris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fins369 View Post
    The Q Cell/Glass option is probably the most professional, but Kidrock's suggestion to just fill it with resin would work fine. And unless you are a WCT surfer, you won't feel the weight difference caused by the 1/4 ounce of resin you put in the rail.
    Option 'A,' all the way. Unless it's a total POS/popout, it deserves your attention and proper care. You won't feel the weight; true. But if I had to look at a half-as*ed ding repair every time I had that board out...

    I attempt to repair my boards as best as I can. My first board is from 93 (way before I started surfing), but it's made by an area shaper who's still making boards. Just doesn't seem right to fill it with resin. Kind of like painting over good woodwork... I just don't feel right doing it.

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    don't go crazy with it... sometimes repairs are stronger if you leave the old glass intact... that is if the old glass is still attached to the foam underneath. and its only a 1/4 deep...

    That being said... I would go for C. Use resin to fill it- or you could even mix a little qcell to fill overtop of the fiberglass. (sand it well first) then overlap with new fiberglass. sand. then a final coat of resin with a paint brush. sand 200, 400 and 600 grit wetsand. then if you want the same finish- get 3M rubbing compound (found next to fiberglass and bondo in an autoparts start) and buff it back to new.

    Next time- surf Belmar, where dings never happen.

    #noDingsInBelmar