Surfboard Cosmetic Surgery

If you keep up with this crazy blog (thanks to those of you who do- right ON!!), you’ve seen my badly injured favorite surfboard with the deeply cracked right rail:

I thought I was going to need a new board

I took it to my local surf shop to have it repaired, and they did a great job filling in the deep gash from a 9” Longboard fin- yikes. However, since my Mahi Mahi fade color paint job was on the rail of the board, the repair was a big obvious white splotch:

Solid as a rock, but obvious

Right side of the deck

The bottom of the board

As for the bottom, I picked up a couple more Mahi Mahi stickers to cover the discoloration, no big deal. I broke out my medium tip Montana paint pens from Michael’s, in shades of green, blue, white, and black to work on the rail and pin line.

Make sure the board’s super clean before starting

I actually re-did the black pinline first, it made a world of difference:

It already looks better!

I don’t have airbrush equipment, so I dotted green and blue shades of paint on the rail, blended the paint with a sponge brush, and then wiped the color away, leaving a stain. This was better than trying to color in the green directly, since that would be MORE obvious on top of the glass job. 

I wasn’t going to try to match the color exactly, I was just aiming to reduce the glare of the white, so I repeated this process until I was happy with it.

Comparing shades

Kinda just staining the board back green

As I was blending some bright blue, I decided to paint some bright fun dots concentrating around the repair area, and spreading outwards. My usual crazy doodling.

After allowing the paint to dry, I sealed it with 2 coats of sealant, and allowed it to dry fully for 24 hours before using it. I like to use the matte finish instead of the gloss, unless I’m coating an entire deck.

Stuff’s ok, but works well for this purpose

Woo-Hoo! Back to life again, ready to surf!

The dots help to mask it, and they look cool

A few more stickers on da bottom….


As far as the ding, play along and say you saw me do this out at the Cocoa Beach Pier last week. Yeah, that’s the ticket……

Scariest thing I’ve ever seen. Happy Halloween.

Gnar Bandages (DIY surfboard ding repair patches)

Y’all know I like to stay on top of those surf trends out there, good and bad. There’s another company out there, ViniPatch, that has a surfy gimmick where they sell surfboard ding repair

Nice gift, but too nice for me

patches in neato designs. They look nice, and they say they are waterproof for a while. But, honestly, these would be a nice gift, but never something I’d BUY for myself since it’s a little pricey for my average surfer status.

Of course, brah!! I’ve got a hack for you!

Duct tape is really awesome, and now comes in every freakin color, print, etc. It’s great to use as a temporary patch for small dings on your surfboard. If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see what motivated me to revisit this project….

Nobody got hurt, but the board’s in the Surf hospital

Although that ding was a little too big to patch-even temporarily- I still thought having some fun duct tape cut outs to use as ding patches might be wise.

These days, Duck Tape brand sells sheets of duct tape, which makes this project really easy, and you can even draw shapes on the back to cut out. I highly recommend non-stick Titanium coated scissors– they will not stick to the tape, and make it soooo much easier to cut shapes. I found mine in the clearance bin at the craft store for two bucks (kid’s version), but I’ve used them so much, I would’ve paid full price now. The bright prints and colors also will remind me to FIX the ding (or have it repaired).

My supplies

Use the wax paper as a peel off backing for the patches, thicker paper is better

I made some big, some little…

With all the different sizes, I can even layer the patches for more coverage. Be sure to throw a few rubbing alcohol pads in with your surf ding patches to clean the area before applying the patch. I wouldn’t leave these on long term, since any ding on your surfboard needs proper repair long term.

Clean off the dinged up area with an alcohol pad first

So much cute

I don’t have a fancy tin or box for these, just a ziplock tellin’ it like it is:


As long as the dings are on my board, and not on other surfers, I’m all good.


How to Remove GoPro Mounts (without having to reglass your board!)

I’ve had a board I’ve liked and surfed on for a while, but I was ready for something a little different this year. I would like to sell it, and it’s still in great shape, but I have Go Pro mounts on the nose of it that I put on about a YEAR ago! Yikes….

Now, I realize some people would like having the mounts, but there are others who may see the mounts as a Kook beacon (and I should care why?). Well, for selling it, better err on the side of macho. So this requires a bit of work and time. Don’t start this process if you’re in a hot rush to surf, America’s Got Talent’s coming on, or your turn’s coming up in Beer Pong.
For this, I used a small, wide, rounded butter knife. We had a few in the drawer for those dinner parties we have…..never. If you don’t have one, take a visit to your local thrift store, since nobody else is hosting dinner parties either. I also got a spray bottle off Goo Gone (hardware stores have this) and a few paper towels.
Next, over the paper towel, I gave the blade of the rounded knife a good dousing of Goo Gone.
After coating both sides of the blade, I began to slip the rounded part of the blade in between the adhesive around the edges of board, getting the Goo Gone into the edges.

I did NOT try to lift up or pry up the mount a this point-
#1) I didn’t want to break my little tool,
#2) The adhesive removal hasn’t had time to do it’s thing.
That’s right, after you’ve gone around the edges with the knife with some Goo Gone, let it sit for a few. Approximately the time it takes to slam half a PBR. Don’t drink the other half just yet, or you may confuse the Goo Gone with it. Ewwww.
I repeated the process of coating the knife with the adhesive removal, then going under the disc a bit deeper, only slightly prying up from the area that had been loosened on the previous pass. In addition, I also sprayed a bit of Goo Gone into the crack forming to let it seep into the rest of the adhesive as I went around.
I then let the Goo Gone work it’s magic for a few minutes again.
I SLOWLY lifted the disc from the board. Now you can see how easily the disc pries up from the surface, leaving no scratches on the board:
I repeated this with the tether mount. I cannot stress that you must lift slowly, or you’ll get gobs of adhesive that will break off that you have to scrape off the board.

Any remaining adhesive residue left on the board I sprayed with the Goo Gone, left on there for 15 minutes, then wiped off thoroughly, then I cleaned the area with soap and water.
Whoomp! There it is….

Wish me luck in selling Mr. Funshape- he just went from “GoPro” to Amateur status now……