REPAIRS (USING EASY DING)
- Make sure the area to repair is dry. (if not, use a hair dryer or sunlight)
- Remove fiberglass that is broken or loose or not attached to the foam.
- Sand all the area around the ding with the coarse sandpaper provided.
- If it is a small ding, skip (4) go to (5). Cut a piece or two of fiberglass if the foam is exposed and if the damage is on the rail.
- Apply the resin on top of the foam if necessary. Next apply a layer of fiberglass and a last extra layer of resin on top of the fiberglass. Make sure the fiberglass is saturated with resin and there are no major air bubbles.
- Immediately after applying the resin, use the clear plastic (peel ply) material on top of the resin and apply pressure to remove all air bubbles and extra resin (this is very important to avoid heavy sanding later). Always follow the shape of the area you are fixing, clean all the extra resin. You can have better results when using masking tape to hold the plastic and remove the extra resin.
- Wait 2-4 hours depending on temperature, and then peel off the plastic and sand. (If resin is still sticky, wait some more time). At higher temperatures the resin will go off faster. Do not exceed 120′ F. EasyDING” can be purchased on this website (go to accessories) this repair kit will work for small to medium size dings.
TIPS For faster results, before pouring the resin time yourself, the longer you mix the faster it will go off. For medium or bigger jobs where fiberglass is required mix for no more than 30 seconds. This will allow you more working time and lower viscosity to wet the fiberglass.
DO I ALWAYS NEED TO USE EPOXY RESIN TO FIX MY XTR SURFBOARD?
No, epoxy resin is only needed when the foam inside the surfboard is exposed. In other words, when you can see and touch the foam.
If you have a small ding in an area like the nose or tail where the XTR foam is exposed, you don’t have to repair it. It will not change color or gain any weight due to the closed cell foam. The water will not penetrate the surfboard. You will only need to fix this small ding for cosmetics and for safety.
If you don’t have easyDING or any epoxy resin, you can cut some corners by using Elmer’s glue. Apply a very thin coat and, after making sure it is completely dry, just use the normal (polyester) resin or repair kit that you always use and proceed as usual.
If you have a bigger ding, you can fit a piece of foam (not XTR) on the damage area glued with Elmer’s glue. When dry, you can use the standard resin and proceed as you usually do when repairing a standard surfboard.