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Preparing Your Surfboard For Repair

Now that summer is over, it’s time to think about Surfboard Repair for your surfboard or to clean your surfboard to keep it looking good and in great shape.  There’s nothing worse than seeing a nice surfboard that doesn’t look so nice anymore because it’s got a couple of years of old dirty wax buildup on the deck and some unrepaired “dings” (cracks or holes on the surfboard surface) that have become brown due to water damage.

So, what’s the process?  First, look at the attached YouTube video we put together titled “Preparing Your Surfboard for Repair” that we’ve included with this Blog report. As we outline in the video, before you jump in to do some repair work, there are two things that you will need to do.

  1. First, CLEAN YOUR SURFBOARD! Get off all the old wax buildup that’s collected on the deck of your surfboard.  Before you can repair your surfboard, it needs to be clean, so no dirt or old wax will compromise your repair job.  There are several ways to get the wax and dirt off your surfboard.  If you still have warm sunny weather where you live, let your surfboard sit in the hot sun for about 30 minutes to heat up the wax on the deck.  Then, wipe off the old wax with a paper towel.  A kitchen spatula can also help you scrape off any wax that doesn’t wipe off.  Using a hair dryer to heat up the wax on the deck and then scraping the wax off with the spatula can also be an effective way to get rid of old wax.  Finally, use a liquid “wax remover” to get any remaining wax and dirt off the surfboard.  At Surf’n Gear we sell 8 oz. bottles of “Sticky Bumps Wax Remover” that does a great job of putting a final “clean coat” on your surfboard.


  1. Second, if some repair work is needed on your surfboard, before you purchase a Repair Kit you need to determine if your surfboard is a traditional polyurethane foam core – polyester resin surfboard or is your board an epoxy polystyrene foam core – epoxy resin surfboard?  This is very important information to know.  If you do repair work on an epoxy surfboard using traditional polyester resin or if you do repair work on a traditional polyurethane foam core board using epoxy resin, the improper chemical mix could burn a hole through your board that will cause major damage. That will not brighten your day!  So how can you determine if your surfboard is either polyester resin or epoxy resin?  Most of the reputable surfboard brands will clearly print “100% Epoxy” down by the tail of the surfboard or on the bottom of the surfboard.  If you see this printed on your surfboard then you know you have an “Epoxy” surfboard.  If you don’t see this printed on your surfboard, don’t assume that you have either a polyester resin board or an epoxy resin board.  An incorrect assumption could be disastrous.  Instead, take some pictures of your board and email them to us and we’ll try to help you determine what kind of surfboard you have.

Stay tuned for our next blog report where we’ll walk you through the basics of doing a simple “ding” repair on your board.  As always, be safe out there in the water and treat the person next to you in the lineup the way you’d like to be treated.  Carpe Diem!