Yeah that could have sued a much better job indeed. The ideal thing is of fill the whole with a piece of eps and the =n sand it down to level it with the rest of the board, once done apply finer glass and epoxy resin.
Those edges are too close to the puttied area, I would definitely of a bit bigger than that and then sand it down
Thanks for taking a look iggy,
Originally Posted by iggy
Do you think I should cut out the putty and put some eps foam in?
Or just put a larger area of fibre glass/resin over it?
I'v got resin and 4oz cloth but not sure where to get eps, maybe PRJ knows some uk based companies ? I'm still quite new to this repair stuff but it's all good practise.
I'm kind of worried il make it worse by cutting the putty out
It will hold the way it is I believe but with eps will look better.
If you are new to repairs I would suggest to bring it to the repair guy if it's something bothersome, otherwise sand down and apply another cloth with EPOXY resin and resend (not too much). Maybe a little sticker after to keep the sexyness
For EPS you can use any styrene from packaging as foam. I don't think that's what you'd be wanting though. It'd be the high density corecell foam you be wanting as the top layer.
To be honest, in that areas I wouldn't think you'd need it. It's not going to be an area that gets regular impact.
If the putty is solid in there and it's not too heavy, and it sounds like it isn't, I'd just sand that whole area a few inches wider than the ding until you expose a little weave, and lay a new piece of clothe around 2" wider than the repairs and try and laminate that down nice and tight. Maybe use a little cling film and tape it down tight. Once it's properly hardened sand it back flat and the brush a top coat of epoxy on their and sand it in once it's set.
Not sure what stage would be best to paint it in. Either before the cloth goes on or before the top coat of epoxy I guess.
Yeah, good advice for sure, I think the eps foam thing is likley to go wrong for me.
I might just sand it and recloth untill I can get it to a repair guy and get a quote.
I have a white posca pen to paint over it which I recon will keep it looking acceptable till I get a professional job done. If not the sticker sounds like a good call. Apart from that ding it looks brand new :)
Happy for ya buddy!!!!.Enjoy it!!
One more question actually, when sanding I use 60 grit to rough up the area pre fix. When I sand down after a layer of cloth and resin what sort of grade would I use if I'm trying to be careful not to sand too far. I sometimes wonder if the 100's too corse but the 240 takes forever to sand with
for sanding the lam coat i usually use 80 or 120. 100 would be good i reckon.
Where abouts are you based Matt? I know ding devils in north devon do ridiculously good repairs on firewires. however, i'd say you're well on your way to handling this one yourself.
Thanks for the tip phill. I'm based in London unfortunately (I'm working on that). But I get down to Cornwall or up to Scarborough/Whitby (only 3.5 hours amazingly) about twice a month so I'm getting by despite not having surf on my door step at the moment
Got a boat trip booked for Maldives in 5 weeks, so pumped! Ding devils may be a good call if it all goes wrong at some point so appreciate the recommendation.
Just spent an hour or so sanding down that fibre glass/resin layer with 60 (maybe a bit to corse it seems) it actually looks pretty good now appears to be solid and relativly flat right over the previous repair.
You think I could get away with just putting the final layer of glass on or do I need a second patch of cloth? It all seems solid and water tight.
Oh and by laminate layer do you mean the fibreglass/resin layer or the final lick of resin over the top to finish?
Cheers again for everyones help so far
Lam coat is the coat binding the fibreglass.
Regarding going with a finish coat of resin other the existing repair, maybe throw up a pic of how it's looking now. I'd say yes, but that bottom right area of that photo the cloth patch ends VERY close to the edge of the putty repair and now that it's been sanded I worry that you might be a bit exposed in that area.
If you do leave it as it is I'd keep and eye on that area after surfs and just make sure there's no cracks appearing around that edge of the putty.