The strange yet familiar scents that transport you straight back to a time long forgotten. To your childhood, a place, or maybe even just one fleeting moment from your past. It hits you unexpectedly and leaves you asking yourself out loud “de ja vu?”
For me, one of the most odd, yet loveliest of scents, is resin. Yes, the smell of a new surfboard (if you’re a mum like me, its similar to that brand new baby smell just more chemical like) and it took me happily drifting back to a fine memory of picking up my first board with my dad when I did a home job ding repair recently. I did not know until now that this rather poisonous scent was linked to fond memories that would stir uplifting and lovely emotions within. Or maybe I was just getting a little high from one sniff too many? Regardless, I feel the need to let you, my fellow surf sisters, in on this…
You can grab a fibreglass repair kit for around AU$30 from your local surf shop. Oh happy days! No more $20 here and there if you get a little chip in your glass, now you can ‘DIY’ it. Trust me, if I can do it, then you sure as hell can too!
I followed the included instructions, mixed chemicals and used two different types of sandpaper. Everything I needed was in the kit.
First, make sure you’ve removed any sand, wax or salt. Squeeze the crack to confirm there’s isn’t any water inside. If it’s completely dry, you can carry on.
Next, mix the two components of the resin. If the ding is a bit bigger, add some of the foam included in the kit. Take the mix you made and pour it slowly (slowly is the key) into the dinged area. Use the included stick to make sure it gets into any small areas and that you’re completely filling the ding, pressing out any bubbles, and filling cracks and crevices. Pour so that it overflows slightly and sits above the surface of the board.
When the resin has hardened, sand it flush to the surface of the board. Use the wet and dry sandpaper to make your board all shiny and glossy again.
Now you’re done! It’s best to let the repair sit for a day or two so the resin can completely cure so your ding repair lasts longer.
I have barely touched sandpaper since woodwork class in high school and I am certainly not handy around the house so being able to do this was so damn gratifying. It took no time at all and that smell of resin is both strangely and totally satisfying. Being able to quickly repair your own board with little inconvenience gives you more time back in the water practicing your turns. Yew!
Give it a go girls!