6. Don’t put your board in the hot sun…
…covered in black bin bags in an attempt to dry it out. The water has nowhere to go and can turn into steam in warm environments, which causes yet much more damage. If your board has taken on substantial amounts of water simply drill a 3 mm hole in the tail of the board and stand it up until the water stops; this might take up to a couple of weeks but it will be back from the repair shop quicker if the board is dry.
7. Don’t attempt to repair an area that has not dried out
– it just won’t work!
8. Don’t trust you mate to repair your board.
Just because he helped make a canoe at school doesn’t mean he’s going to be able to fix your board.
9. Don’t use more epoxy hardener.
You might think this will make it set quicker, but it doesn’t work like that. Epoxy has a fine balance to achieve the required result.
10. Don’t use surf wax to seal
Some people think you can use surf wax to temporarily seal the board, but don’t do it! It’s a bugger to clean and bond to when repairing.
Jon Kennett runs Moo Custom and their Farm Shop, as well as fixing many a broken board. Find out more here.