Sail repair, ding repair, fin repair

Sail repair, ding repair, fin repair

Post by Christopher Ra » Wed, 06 Sep 1995 04:00:00


It's that time of year when too much of my gear is
beaten up and I need some advice on repairing things.

First - I've got a favorite Neill Pryde 5.5 4wd Wave/Slalom sail
that's about 4 years old, well-used, and has a ***
10-12" horizontal tear in one of the monofilm panels.  It's the
first panel in from the luff, about a foot above the boom (a
tender and important spot).  Is this repairable?  Who does
decent sail repairs in the Bay Area?  Will the sail be
aerodynamically compromised by a big patch in such a place?

Second - dings in glass boards.  Does anyone have experience
with the board patch kits they sell at windsurfing shops (like
the Warehouse)?

Third - dings in ABS boards.  Are these patchable?  If so, using
what?

Fourth - fin dings (G-10 or carbon/kevlar).  The last time I
dealt with this, I just used emory cloth to smooth
dings & rough edges.  Is this still the state of the art, so to
speak?

Thanks

Chris Raff

 
 
 

Sail repair, ding repair, fin repair

Post by IAMFLA » Thu, 07 Sep 1995 04:00:00

ABS boards can be patched with 'Marine Tex' or automobile dent filler that
goes by the name 'Bondo'.  Finally either can be patched over with
fiberglass with either epoxy or polyesther resin.  Often, small dings are
just fine with Bondo.  Cheap, fast, and easy.

Flash Buddy

 
 
 

Sail repair, ding repair, fin repair

Post by Donald B. Bark » Fri, 08 Sep 1995 04:00:00

Quote:


>writes:

>>Subject:        Sail repair, ding repair, fin repair

>>Date:   5 Sep 1995 18:53:43 -0500

>deleted items 1-3 about sail / board fixes....

>>Fourth - fin dings (G-10 or carbon/kevlar).  The last time I
>>dealt with this, I just used emory cloth to smooth
>>dings & rough edges.  Is this still the state of the art, so to


>Yeah Chris I'm doing the same - I find a  3M  sanding sponge (fine grit)
>does a good job for small nicks !   I'd like to see fin maintenance ideas
>kicked around rec.windsurfing  in detail.  I have a Curtis  16.5"  G-10
>pointer that has a ding on the trailing edge, about 1/16 inch deep and
>halfway down the edge.  what effect does this have if I  polish / scallop
>out this area.  if it were the leading edge would the effect  be the same
>?   Can West system epoxy be used to build up G-10  / kevlar fins ?

>thanks  DTWayve

>  55 days ytd 1995 and counting -  the goal is 100 days!

I use West system epoxy and mix in microballons to thicken the mixture.  Fill
in the scratches and dings and then wet sand.  Easy fix with great results.

Be carful using a sponge sanding block.  Use a firmer backing so you don't
scallop out unnecessary material.  A hard backed smooth flat works better
in removing the flash around the filled regions without removing unwanted
material.

Don

 
 
 

Sail repair, ding repair, fin repair

Post by NLW TFW » Sat, 09 Sep 1995 04:00:00

Perhaps a bigger question, which might obviate the need for repairing
little nicks: can any earthling FEEL a small nick in a fin trailing edge
from the***pit? I mean, other than drawing it across the thigh or boom
grip material when water starting, can anyone feel the hydronamic impact
of something that small on the trailing edge or on the tip? Doesn't
something that minor totally pale in comparison to a gouge on the leading
edge, or having the fin really tight in the board, or having just the
"right" fin in just the "right" position, or even the slightest nuance in
stance, or whether a sailor ate carbos or grease for breakfast? Are we
worrying about things not worth worrying about, other than scraping off
the sharp edges for safety's sake?

Oh, yeah, I forgot ... what the hell ELSE are we gonna do besides tinker
with our gear while waiting for wind now that Joycelin Elders is no longer
around to direct our lives?

Mike \m/

 
 
 

Sail repair, ding repair, fin repair

Post by rjack.. » Sat, 09 Sep 1995 04:00:00

Try regular old marine tex for fin repairs and small dings in boards. It fairs out really well and can be applied
very thin and it still sticks. I usually cure it in a 150-180 deg.F. oven and it sets up enough to sand in about
ten minutes. It comes in white and grey.