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So a ding is basically any noticeable blemish in the board's fiberglass covering. It usually manifests itself as a cracked windshield like fracture. It could be long and skinny (like my rail dings, typically) or short and wide (if you hit a strategically placed jagged rock). You may also not think you have a ding at all, or anything worrying about, then you start noticing a slight yellow discoloration in a certain area-well, odds are you are letting in a little water in that area. Which affects how your board floats and even maneuvers.

Image 1/3: Things you will need: Image 2/3: Surfboard with dings Image 3/3: Cleaning tools: wax com, rag and Gloves!!!
  • So, to begin, we need a nice clean working area. My place is small so I used my patio set (not the best idea though, as my wife flipped when she found out I was using toxic chemicals where we occasionally eat, just beware.)

  • Things you will need:

    • Surfboard with dings

    • Cleaning tools: wax com, rag and Gloves!!!

    • Resin, Q-Cell Filler, Hardener, Fiberglass Cloth

    • Mixing cup, stirring stick,Transparency

    • Sand paper: 1 rough grit and 1 fine grit

    • Starbucks (optional)

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  • Next, you need to identify the dinged areas and figure out which method you prefer to use. I used cloth repair on the bigger ones (and the rail ones) and then the sun cure on the small ones (because I have heard it works well enough on small stuff).

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Image 1/3: Grab your comb and scrape any wax from around the area to be repaired. Image 2/3: Sand down, approximately 1/4", till you have a nice smooth surface. Image 3/3: Cut a small groove (in the direction of the ding) to give the repair mixture somewhere to seep into.
  • Now we need to clean the dinged area of all the wax and fiberglass flakes.

  • Grab your comb and scrape any wax from around the area to be repaired.

  • Sand down, approximately 1/4", till you have a nice smooth surface.

  • Cut a small groove (in the direction of the ding) to give the repair mixture somewhere to seep into.

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Image 1/3: First figure how much resin you are going to need to adequately cover the cloth piece with a little to spare to pre-dab the dinged area. Image 2/3: Add Filler, it helps to make the solution less watery and more workable Image 3/3: Then add the hardener; you only need a little and it really depends on the temp. Your box should say what is appropriate for your particular weather.
  • Now we come to the mixing process.

  • First figure how much resin you are going to need to adequately cover the cloth piece with a little to spare to pre-dab the dinged area.

  • Add Filler, it helps to make the solution less watery and more workable

  • Then add the hardener; you only need a little and it really depends on the temp. Your box should say what is appropriate for your particular weather.

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Image 1/2: Put the fiberglass cloth that you cut into the mixture. Image 2/2: Stir the cloth in slowly to cover the cloth with mixture without causing air bubbles.
  • Mixing Process (Continued)

    • Put the fiberglass cloth that you cut into the mixture.

    • Stir the cloth in slowly to cover the cloth with mixture without causing air bubbles.

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Image 1/3: Pre-dab the area with some of the solution, if there is a chunk of the fiberglass gone, use the solution generously to fill void. Image 2/3: Spread the soaked fiberglass cloth over the dinged area and smooth it out with your fingers. Image 3/3: Use the transparency to spread the cloth evenly, working out any noticeable bubbles.
  • Application Process:

    • Pre-dab the area with some of the solution, if there is a chunk of the fiberglass gone, use the solution generously to fill void.

    • Spread the soaked fiberglass cloth over the dinged area and smooth it out with your fingers.

    • Use the transparency to spread the cloth evenly, working out any noticeable bubbles.

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Image 1/2: Hold the transparency in place (be aware that it will not stay put). Image 2/2: Use tape (scotch, masking, painters) to secure the edges and make sure the transparency is held down tight
  • Application Process (Continued)

    • Hold the transparency in place (be aware that it will not stay put).

    • Use tape (scotch, masking, painters) to secure the edges and make sure the transparency is held down tight

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  • Curing and Finishup:

    • Let the mixture cure.

      • It should take, depending on your weather, about 1 hour or so to dry completely.

      • Don't remove the transparency until dry.

    • Once dry, remove the transparency and use a fine sand paper to even out any new bumps from the new fiberglass surface.

    • Then, voila! your board should be back to working order. Get out there and this time try to be more careful on the trip back to the car. ;)

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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You forgot step 0 - choose a well-ventilated area (like the outdoors) before opening those aromatic chemical bottles.

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