How to Repair Surfboard Delamination

Delamination refers to the “separation into constituent layers” of a thing. In other words, it’s when a thing breaks off, falls apart, or splits. Surfboard delamination occurs when the fiberglass in the board separates from the foam. This could be due to thin glass, less foam weight, or repeated motion in the same area.  You could always run to the pros to have your board fixed, but knowing how to repair surfboard delamination can help you save some serious bucks.

Surfboard Repair | Photo By Tyler Karaszewski

Surfboard Repair | Photo By Tyler Karaszewski

All you need are the proper tools and loads of patience, and you’re ready to fix the board yourself.

Learn how to repair surfboard delamination by clicking here for a six-step process that makes it look exceptionally easy.  To be fair, it is fairly easy to repair surfboard delamination, but it does take patience and attention to detail.

For a more detailed explanation of how to repair surfboard delamination, be sure you have the items below, and then follow the step-by-step directions of Nick Carroll on Surfline.

“1) Polyester resin.
2) Catalyst, and a small measuring cup to use it with. Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide is its name, and when added to resin it causes the stuff to gel, then harden.
3) Fiberglass. (Be careful with this stuff: it can be a skin irritant.)
4) Polyurethane foam.
5) A roll of tough masking tape.
6) Sandpaper. Having several grades of paper on standby can be useful. Get a really coarse one (about 40-grit), a medium (150-grit) and a fine wet-and-dry (360-grit).
7) A mixing container. A sturdy cardboard cup, a plastic bowl or an old ice-cream tub will do. It should be clean and dry. Use a small wooden slat as a mixing weapon.
8)A Stanley knife, or other heavy-duty tradesman’s blade.
9) Added extras: Q-cell, a fine powder which mixes with resin to create bulk without added weight, is great for helping fill smaller dings. UV-curing resin, which doesn’t need catalyst, is a great alternative, especially if you’re traveling.
Most surf shops carry repair kits with all the ingredients, but you may need an extra can of resin or more glass.

Visit Surfline here and follow the step-by-step directions.

If you follow these directions, we’d love to hear how it goes for you.

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