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REparing a soft top - 2007/07/20 02:36 okay, so i have a soft top that recently started taking on water big time. It has a big tear in the side . I tried patching it with duct tape, but it seems to trap even more water, instead of preventing it from getting in. I basically quit working full time, to work part time so I could surf all day, so I cant afford to buy a new board, which means i have to get super creative.

My question here is, is there a reason I couldnt patch the tear with caulk? Like the kind used for the grout in a shower or something. Would that fuck things up even more?

Im thinking, if i leave my board out in the sun to make sure all the moisture is evaporated, couldnt i just plug up the tear with some sort of sealant?

I was reading that wetsuit patch kits might work as well, but like i said im broke...

Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated. Ive gone like one day without surfin, and im going nuts over here! Thanx guys
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Re:REparing a soft top - 2007/07/20 05:43 dry it out...get yourself a 2 component epoxy ding repair stick...mix the 2 components and close the ding... must be DRY!!! get it expensive at the surfshop or cheap at the hardware store where it is called flashbonder...much suxess...rock on chriz
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Re:REparing a soft top - 2007/07/20 08:43 thanx dude, everyone keeps telling me my boards done, but im determed to find a solution. DId some reserarch, went to the local surf shop, and the dude recommended this stuff called "the Goop" used for repariring body boards and wetsuits.

Ive been drying my board out with the nose down for like two days in the sun. prolly should left it longer, but ii cant wait to get out there... The goop is supposed to come off if its not on right, so i can always start over i hope....

Wish me luck! Heading out in a few....ill keep you posted as to weatherr it works or not
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Re:REparing a soft top - 2007/07/21 22:48 It is repairable as per Chriz.

But the repair always turns out to be very substandard and not desirable. It looks terrible. It does not have durability. It's "Lumpy". Its expensive compare to the price of a soft top.

To be honest you are better off getting a new board.

Better solution ... Use it as a reason to get a new board.
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