Patching Soft Surfboards with a Hot Glue Gun
Did you know you can patch your soft board with a hot glue gun? This also works on fiberglass boards, but for now I’m talking about soft boards, like the ever-popular Costco WaveStorm surfboards. They’re also known as ‘soft tops’ (or derisively as ‘nurf boards’ : ). This is also a good fix for boogieboards or bodyboards. (With any soft board do NOT use regular surfboard resins or Solarez; These chemicals will destroy the interior Styrofoam of soft boards and leave you with a big hollow spot).
We do thousands of surf lessons every year, and when our boards take a hit, this is how we stretch a few more rides out of them.
How to fix your soft board:
For things like fin gashes and separating skins on soft boards, just prep the area by cleaning and drying it out, then keep some clear packing tape handy to hold things together. If you’re patching a large area, you’ll have a problem with the glue cooling too quickly, and may have to do it in several stages.
• Small dings: Have a large piece of clear tape ready when you fill the ding, then roll it over the top to flatten the glue without burning your fingers … much.
• Fin gashes: Try to stick the head of the glue gun in there and fill the crack as much as possible, then cover with tape. It’s important to get a good seal – may take a few coats.
• De-Lams: This is surf speak for when the skin separates from the board and forms a bubble, or the skin peels away from the bottom of the surfboard. Just cover the area lightly, and make a bead of hot glue along the edge. Tape it down for a few minutes. Trim the excess with a razor.
Now go schred, Fred. – Jaz Kaner