Surfboard Repair Kit: Essentials

If you're a surfer, you probably already know how important maintaining your surfboard is and how important a surfboard repair kit essentials are. If you aren't already aware, keeping your surfboard looking as new is at it did when you bought it is very important. One little nick or not enough wax can make your surfing experience into a painful one. 

There are many different surfboard repair kits that you can find on the market, but you'll want to find one that has all the materials you'll need to repair and maintain your surfboard. Whether you are just looking for upkeep materials or are in need of fixing a pretty big imperfection in your surfboard, the kind of repair you have to do will point you in  the direction of what type of kit to look for. There are kits that contain everything you need for maintenance and imperfections, and there are kits made for either maintenance or imperfections. If you're trying to save money, go for the kit that has the materials you need for the exact problem that you have with your surfboard.

Here is a list of essential items that you'll want to make sure comes with your surfboard repair kit:

 For imperfections and loss of color in your surfboard, you'll need supplies like:

  • color gel coat base
  • liquid hardener
  • resin
  • plastic release film

Ding repair supplies for bigger imperfections in your surfboard include:

  • resin 
  • hardener
  • fiber glass cloth
  • mylar cover sheet
  • sanding block
  • q-cell filler

For maintenance, you'll want to just keep a sanding block and some wax on hand. 

How bad the imperfection is on the surfboard will determine how much resin you will need to fix the problem. If you have a large gash in your board, you'll use upwards of 8 ounces of resin. Where as if its a little nick, you'll use closer to a 2 ounces. 

The key to making your surfboard look like new is to use the sanding block properly and really make a flat finish. It's also important if you use a color gel coat to make sure you blend the colors enough to match your existing design.
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