Ding Repair Basics: Patch Up Minor Surfboard Damages

You can still probably recall how wide your smile was when you got your very first surfboard. The proud feeling would be clearly stored in your memory for the rest of your life. Then you start to realize after a few surf sessions that your board is not indestructible. There will be conditions in the surf when your board may get damaged, such as a hold down, a wipeout, or a miscalculated maneuver. Furthermore, if you travel to surf spots away from home there are some cases when your board gets some dings and you have no choice but to get it quickly repaired to be able to surf and not waste the money and time you spent just to get to that surf spot.

Ding on a Surfboard | Image Source: Tower Magazine

Every surfer has to learn how to patch up dings to make their board rideable and to extend its usability. If you want to know how to fix surfboard dings, here are a few tips for you:

1. Do not use wax to patch up the ding. You may be tempted to think that the wax will seal the ding. It won’t. Instead, it will likely cause the foam to rot. To be able to fix the ding properly, you need to cut out the part of the foam that touched the wax because resin will not effectively stick when there is wax.

2. Do not use duct tape. It is difficult to remove once you bring it to the professional ding repair guys and you will be giving them a hard time.

Do not use Duct Tape | Image source: Echotape

3. Quick UV-curing resin does not work for the long term. It can give a quick fix but be mindful that it does not permanently fix the problem.

4. Make use of a really good sticker that is thick and hard to peel. It is a good quick fix when you really don’t have time to deal with the ding especially when on a surf trip, but be sure to bring it over for repair once you head home.

5. Spackle can be used to fill the little holes on your surfboard if you don’t have Q-Cell or other traditional filling compounds.

Spackle | Image source: AceHardware

6. When using Q-cell, make sure you mix it thicker to resemble the thickness of toothpaste. This will help the compound hold the shape of the hole you are trying to fill. Be careful not to make it too thin because it will surely drip.

Q-Cell Resin Filler | Image Source: eBay

Using Q-Cell to repair surfboard:

7. Distribute fiberglass cloth wider to strengthen your repair. For a buckled surfboard, use about one foot of fiberglass cloth over the patched up foam.

Using fiberglass cloth on repairing surfboard:

8. Preparation is key. Take time to sand and clean the repair area, and properly mix the resin and the catalyst. If you do it half-baked, expect to do the same repair all over very soon.

Another surfboard repair guide:

9. If you’re on a surf trip, don’t waste all of your time fixing your board. Give it a quick patch as recommended above, depending on which materials are available on hand. You have already spent money to get on that trip – as long as the board is rideable, go ahead and catch the waves you went there for. Worry about fixing the dings later when you get home.

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