Owning a piece of equipment as precisely engineered as a snowboard is a point of pride, but it also takes a lot of maintenance. Through regular use, your board will wear out, and it is important, for both your image and your safety, that you take care of any damage that may occur. Epoxy is a great way to repair your snowboard, whether it has small cosmetic scratches or deep cracks that expose the core.
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Things you need
- Clamps (optional)
- Small knife or razor blade
- Plastic knife or piece of hard plastic
- Varnish (optional)
- Sandpaper (optional)
Clean and dry your snowboard, then let it sit for a few days in a dry place. Any moisture left under the epoxy can easily turn into mould, so make sure your snowboard is completely dry, inside and out, before proceeding.
Apply the epoxy liberally to your board, filling the damaged area as much as possible. A slow-curing epoxy works best. If your epoxy does not come with an applicator, you can use a plastic knife or a piece of hard plastic to apply it. You can also use toothpicks to push it into any cracks. If the damage is significant enough that you can flex your board at the crack, then you should use clamps to hold everything steady. If you are reattaching part of your snowboard, you will definitely need to use clamps to hold the pieces together.
Let the epoxy sit for several hours. It will set, and later it will cure. Once it has set, you can clean up the damaged area, removing any excess epoxy with a small, sharp knife or razor blade. Don't remove any clamps.
Remove the clamps after 24 hours. Finish scraping off any extra epoxy that was under or around the clamps.
Sand and varnish the repaired site, as an option, once the epoxy has fully cured. This will make the repair more aesthetically pleasing, and the varnish will help prevent the epoxy from being damaged by the sun.
Tips and warnings
- If your clamps are metal, they may scratch your finish. Place cardboard or thick paper towels under the clamps to prevent any damage.
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