At one point, every surfer has been in a situation where the waves look great and surfing seems to be a great idea, but unfortunately there is a ding on the wakesurf board.
What then do you do? Some surfers might postpone their wakesurfing session while others may assume the ding is not an issue and go wakesurfing anyway.
But let us say you could repair the ding and make your board look new again. It is essential to learn how to do a quick repair and fix your wakesurf dings so that you can still perform well and make your board watertight.
Remember this is not a comprehensive fix but a quick fix of your wakesurf dings to get you back especially if you are on a wakesurfing trip.
Items Needed For Repair
The following are the essential items that you need to repair your wakesurf board:
- Penknife/ Swiss army knife/ scalpel.
- Solarez resin kit with coarse-grit sandpaper.
- Fiberglass cloth from the internet or a local shop.
- Sandpaper (120 grit and 180 grit).
- Extras include scissors, sanding block and sunlight.
Steps For Repairing Dings On Your Wakesurf Board
The following are the simple steps that you can follow to repair dings on your wakesurf board:
Step 1: Dry your Board
Drying your board out will make sure that the repair lasts longer. If you have been surfing and dinged your wakesurf board on the rocks or got too close to someone’s fins or simply had a collision with another surfer, ensure that all the water is out of the board before repairing it.
Leave the board in a hot place or under the sunlight and the water should evaporate drying your board in no time.
Step 2: Clean your Board
Cleaning the dinged area will ensure that all the wax, dirt, and broken stickers, as well as residue, are removed. You can use a credit card to remove the residue and wax.
Step 3: Remove The Broken Fiberglass
First, ensure the area that needs cutting is clear and see the extent to which your board is damaged.
Use a sharp penknife or a swiss knife to cut any broken fiberglass that is cracked or lost leaving you with a strong, clean edge. Remember to remove any debris or fiberglass left in the glass.
Step 4: Apply The Solarez
It’s time to fill your ding with solarez. Ensure that you are in a shaded area when applying the solarez because direct sunlight will set the resin too quickly.
Onto the dinged area, apply a small amount of solarez and ensure that every part of the ding is covered to prevent the formation of any air pockets.
To get a watertight seal and ensure that all the edges of the ding are covered, use more resin than you need. Use cardboard or tape to move the solarez in place as this will help prevent any dripping.
To flatten the top and compress the resin down, use clear sticky tape to cover the area, this will make sanding easier.
Step 5: Place The Board In Sunlight To Harden
Take the board to an area where there is direct sunlight and leave it for 3 to 5 minutes, or if the day is cloudy or has partial sunlight, leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.
The resin will begin to harden but the longer you leave it, the harder it will be.
Tip: Avoid repairing on a rainy or cloudy day or at night because the resin will remain soft, and the ding will not be repaired.
Step 6: Sand Down The Resin Until It's Flat
When the resin is hardened fully, sand down the excess using sandpaper until it is flat. Ensure that you remove any excess dust.
Step 7: Cut The Fiberglass Cloth
Using a scissor, cut a patch from the fiberglass cloth, ensure that it is bigger than the ding’s size.
A rectangle or a square is great and allow yourself an overlap of a few centimeters on each side. The overlap will help you with bonding the glass on the board.
Step 8: Apply Solarez To The Board
Before putting the fiberglass cloth, apply the solarez to the dinged part to act as a base layer. The resin will give the patch something to stick to.
To keep an even layer on the dinged area, move the resin around using cardboard.
Step 9: Apply Fiberglass Then Top Layer Resin
Put the fiberglass patch on the resin then apply the top layer of solarez over the patch ensuring that it is fully covered and saturated.
Step 10: Leave To Dry
Once you have fully applied the fiberglass and all the fibers are covered, place your board under the sunlight for about 5 to 10 minutes to be fully repaired.
Step 11: Sand Down And Clean
Once the resin is hard, sand down the resin until it is smooth and flat using sandpaper. Ensure that there are no lumps then use water or an old rag to clean the board.
Step 12: Wakesurf
Now that repairing your wakesurf is done, you can continue with your wakesurfing and enjoy the waves.
Remember that the above steps are meant for a temporary repair of any dings on your wakesurf board.
It is not a guarantee that the wakesurf board will be watertight for years but should get you through a few wakesurfing sessions.
It is recommended that you consult with your local surf repair shop to get the best repairs done by a professional.