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Old    Blabelmooch (blabel)      Join Date: Jul 2001       04-29-2007, 10:22 PM Reply   
I have a couple of small gouges on the rail of my wakeboard that I want to try to fix myself. I can fix surfboards but I know you're not supposed to use regular resin. Is there a wakeboard repair kit out there or anything I can pick up?

I tried searching the board, but couldn't really find much.

Old    Matthew Bird (ldr)      Join Date: Nov 2002       04-29-2007, 11:07 PM Reply   
Here ya go

I've used it before and it works great.
Old    Doctor Octagon (dococ)      Join Date: Mar 2002       04-30-2007, 1:46 AM Reply   
I use a marine grade epoxy called Marine Tex. It's available at most boating stores. Initially it is about the consistency of silly putty, but when you mix in the catalyst, it becomes the consistency of toothpaste, so you just spread it on and wait for it to set. Then you can sand it smooth. It's about $15 bucks for the kit. DO NOT get the fast-set formula, as it sets up too quickly and you'll be rushed.
It comes in white and grey. If you wanna be totally obsessive, you can get white and tint it with color, but I wouldn't recommend it because lots of work and the color tint is expensive.

I've done lots of wakeboards with this, and also numerous patches to Surftech Tuflite boards. Have not had a patch fail on me yet. I've got a half dozen patches on my white Surftech, and you can't even find them. I did my buddy's Surftech in a tinted light blue, took some time to get the color right, and then I polished it, you can't see it unless you're looking for it. For wakeboards, I'm not that obsessive. I usually just roughen up the area to be repaired, mix it up and slop some on like bondo, neat trick is to then gently and lightly stretch over a piece of saran wrap so you can smooth it and work the contours, leaving the patched area just a little bit high. Tape the saran wrap in place when you are happy with the contours, then after the epoxy sets (over night), the saran wrap peels right off. You could ride it just fine like that, but I usually sand it down just a tiny bit more to really get the edges perfect.

IMO, Marine Tex is tougher than the sun-setting epoxies, and Marine Tex does not yellow over time like the clear patching products do.

Only bummer is you have to mix the whole kit and use it all at once, so you are unable to save part for future repairs, thus there is a bit of waste involved.

Good luck, which ever way you decide to go. Try the saran wrap trick. Surfer who sold me my Surftech showed me that, and it works like a charm.
Old    Stephen Higgins (srh00z)      Join Date: Jun 2003       04-30-2007, 6:21 AM Reply   
I have used Marine Tex also, it seems to work well. I will have to try the saran wrap though.
Old    Blabelmooch (blabel)      Join Date: Jul 2001       04-30-2007, 8:37 AM Reply   
Cool, thanks guys. I have used saran wrap before when using Solarez for my poly ding repairs and it does work great. Looks like the Marine Tex may be a little cheaper and I know of a couple discount boating supply stores.
Old    Kevin Hoye (wakebrdr38)      Join Date: Sep 2006       04-30-2007, 8:44 AM Reply   
marine tex is hard as steel, the stuff is amazing!


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