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Re:HELP ME FIX MY BOARD! PLEASE!!! - 2009/07/13 15:10 They sell UV powdered catalyst, just mix up the suggested quantity parts per gallon of laminating resin. We add the powder in a cup of styrene first, mix it up and then add it to the resin (it dissolves better that way than having clumps of dry powder floating around). You can then either add regular catalyst to it and work it like normal, use the sun or UV lighting to make it go off, or both. The stuff in the tube is messy and hard to work with. I hope this clears up the UV resin thing. We like to use it for guys who want a rush job on their boards. We can finish glassing a board like this in 2 hours out the door and into the water. The good thing about UV is that the board gets way harder than a regular glass job and is almost cured in one day as opposed a week using the regular resin. Its also killer for repairs because you can patch it, sun-blast it, sand it in a few minutes, put another hotcoat on it, sun-blast, then buff it out in another few minutes. you can do big repairs in little time. Plus it gives you time to get the glass perfect if your not fast, catch all the excess resin and reuse it for another repair instead of having it go off right away. Thats why I stated it was perfect for guys who are beginners because it gives them time to get it right. Sanding is a whole different story however, and if you dont know how to use a sander you could create more dings then the ones you were trying to fix. There is no easy way around sanding.
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Re:HELP ME FIX MY BOARD! PLEASE!!! - 2009/07/14 06:27 Thanx for clarifying that. Solar resin is a brand name for another product. For a different purpose. Where can u get this?Went to the marine store and they don't have it.
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Re:HELP ME FIX MY BOARD! PLEASE!!! - 2009/07/14 10:06 What you need to do is find who is the resin & fiberglass supplier for the surfboard industry in your area and call them. Here on Oahu its Fiberglass Hawaii. They have a sister store in Ventura, California and Florida has one too. You can go online and see who the major fiberglass/resin outfits are nearest you. You can also go online and probably find out who the UV powder catalyst manufacturer is and order it through them. I'll try and find out at work tomorrow and see who makes it and post it for you. Some marine stores who cater to the surfboard industry will probably have it but most probably dont and you would have to get them to order the things you want through their connections most likely because they would have a better shipping rate for toxic substances then would me or you.
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Re:HELP ME FIX MY BOARD! PLEASE!!! - 2009/07/14 13:09 Thank You.
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Re:HELP ME FIX MY BOARD! PLEASE!!! - 2009/07/14 15:06 The UV powder additive is called Sunbake Solar Resin additive, you can order it through www.shapers.com it will run you about $45.00 but it will probably last you forever if you dont glass boards professionally. It's made in Australia and they only sell the powder form for international orders. The liquid form is only sold in Australia and I reckon its just a styrene UV powder blend with maybe a some anti-yellowing inhibitors in it, and maybe some blue tint. It tends to make the resin a little yellower if the resin is not the "white resin" we use out here in Hawaii and better glass shops on the mainland. It's not really "white" it actually has a blue/purple slight tint which makes the boards glow white when finished. So I think thats why they added the tint to the liquid UV version. Dont worry about adding tint to the UV mix for dings, that's strictly a cosmetic thing for laminating a surfboard, for repairs you wouldn't even know the difference. And the "white resin" isnt very good anyways for repairs because the deeper the hole the more purple the resin becomes. Its only good for Laminating cloth and hotcoats, not holes. Actually for repairs its better that the UV resin that doesnt have the tint because it blends a lot better being a slightly yellowish/greenish color. Hope this helps!
I doubt that the resin you get would be the "white resin" because fiberglass Hawaii gets custom mixed 50 gallon drums of it so dont worry about it anyways. The standard silimar resin they usually sell in gallon cans and ding repair kits is fine. I hope this helps!!!!!
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Re:HELP ME FIX MY BOARD! PLEASE!!! - 2009/07/15 02:57 Thanx. Don't care about the color as long as it cures hard and lasts.
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