Let’s face it, scuffs and dings are bound to happen on your surfboard. Even if you are extra cautious with your board, chances are it will eventually suffer some minor damage. There’s nothing worse than purchasing a new board only to discover a large gash or crack after just a couple days of using it. The good news is that most forms of minor damage can be easily repaired. Before you go tossing out your old board, you should first attempt to repair it. With the right tools, you can fix your board up so it’s good as new.
There are several different ways to repair minor dings in a surfboard, but one of the easiest and most effective is to use a repair kit. You can find these for sale at most surf shops for about $20-$30 bucks. In addition to a kit, though, you’ll also need to pick up some medium-grit sandpaper and a boxcutter. Before purchasing a kit, check to see what’s included, as some of them may contain sandpaper as well.
Start by cutting out the damaged area of your surfboard using a boxcutter. Depending on the shape and size of the ding, this may or may not be an easy task. Ideally, you should cut an entire circle around the damaged area to make the filling process easier. The surfboard repair kit will have a foam filler like Q-Cell to use in this area, so don’t be afraid to cut around the damaged part of your board.
After cutting around the damaged area of your surfboard, rub it down using medium-grit sandpaper. You can choose to either do this by hand or you can use a machine. For minor dings and damage, though, rubbing it with a single piece of sandpaper should suffice. Continue rubbing it down until it’s nice and smooth. This will help reduce the chance of air pockets or moisture remaining in the damaged area.
You can now begin to fill the cleaned out area on your surfboard with the kit’s filler ingredient. Follow the instructions to ensure it’s applied properly. Q-Cell is a popular surfboard filler ingredient that’s similar to foam. After applying the Q-Cell or similar filler ingredient, flatten it out with a popsicle stick so it’s even with your surfboard. Lastly, apply a layer of the included resin over the Q-Cell and wait a couple of hours for it to fully dry. Congratulations, you’ve just fixed your surfboard ding!