Quick Surfboard Repair: Fix Your Board For Next to Nothing

April 28, 2009 1 Comment

You are out surfing fantastic sets in the middle of some remote surf paradise. There are only two things in the water: you and your surfing buddies. The place is so remote that there isn't even a surf shop. Sounds fantastic until you ding your surfboard on that nasty piece of coral. Or worse, it gets knocked around on the plane before you even get out into the sets.

So what to do? The last thing any surfer wants is a waterlogged surfboard. Thankfully the solution quick and easy. The best thing to do is to take your own traveling surfboard repair kit with you. Luckily for me, when I got caught out in the above scenario with the coral, one of the other blokes traveling with us had this great little product called Solarez. This stuff really saved my surfboard on that surfing vacation.

Gone are the days of mixing resin and hardener. With Solarez, surfboard repair has never been so hassle free. This little beauty heals in the sun, won't discolor your surfboard, and won't kill you with the fumes either. I was impressed to discover that this handy product allows you to apply it in the shade, stick your surfboard out in the sun for 3 minutes, and hey presto! You're ready to barrel. To top it all off, Solarez starts to cure in just 30 seconds. Better still, if something starts to go wrong, you can yank your surfboard out of the sun and the curing process will stop.

Other Good Points Of Solarez:

Will cure at temperatures as low as -20F. (Dude, would you want to be surfing at this temperature? Talk about brass monkeys!)

Only needs 3 minutes of UV. Just squeeze it out of the tube and use it. The solar catalyst is already in there. So is chop strand fiberglass.

You don't have to rush your repair job. So long as you stay out of the sun you can take as long as you want to make the perfect surfboard repair. You can stop the repair process at any time. So you can wait 45 seconds for it to get to the gel stage, go back to the shade and fine tune your surfboard repair. It doesn't have to be boiling hot to work.

The Fine Print: Even though Solarez has 95% less vapors than most other surfboard repair goodies, it should still be used with common sense. Using it in the great outdoors or somewhere with good ventilation is best. Placing plastic over the solution while you are smoothing it out is also sensible. Wearing gloves if you have any is also a fine idea.

Don't add pigments to Solarez. These will slow down, or possibly even stop the curing process. Wait till it's dry and then paint your surfboard to your heart's content.

For really big repairs, over 1 foot square, or deep holes, a surf shop is probably your best bet. But if you don't want to take the time or don't have a surf shop around, Solarez is where its at.

Read the label on your Solarez tube to make sure it is the appropriate formula for your surfboard. Some formulas will dissolve polystyrene foam (most epoxy surfboards are made out of this foam). Blue tube is for epoxy surfboards, yellow tube is for traditional fiberglass (PU) surfboards

Remove the wax from the area of your surfboard that need repairing before you start using the Solarez, otherwise it might not bond. For the ultimate traveling surfboard repair you can't go past this Solarez. Fast, less toxic, forgiving, and all in one tube.

Click here to grab your own mini surfboard repair kit and ensure your next surfing vacation isn't ruined by a dinged up surfboard like mine almost was.

1 Response

Kenny Vincent
Kenny Vincent

July 31, 2016

Love solarez.

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