How to Fix Cracks in a Snowboard

How to Fix Cracks in a Snowboard
If you take pride in your ability to rip up the slopes, you know damaged boards come with the territory. Cracks, tears, and separation can cause the breakdown of your trusty board and cause dangerous snowboarding conditions. While asking a snowboard shop is probably you're best option for professional care, there are a few tricks you can try at home to save money. After a little practice and a small start-up cost, you can learn to repair your own boards like an expert.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Old towel Rubbing alcohol Cotton swabs Epoxy resin adhesive Aluminum foil Wooden tongue depressor Wooden paint stir or scrap wood C-clamps or duct tape Hair dryer or portable heater Snowboard wax Waxing iron
  • Old towel
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Epoxy resin adhesive
  • Aluminum foil
  • Wooden tongue depressor
  • Wooden paint stir or scrap wood
  • C-clamps or duct tape
  • Hair dryer or portable heater
  • Snowboard wax
  • Waxing iron
 
Step 1
Locate the damage and assess how deep the cracks are. Run a damp cloth over the entire board to remove dirt and excess board shards.
Step 2
Clean out the cracks using rubbing alcohol, an old cloth, or cotton swabs for deep grooves.
Step 3
Mix up your epoxy resin adhesive onto a sheet of aluminum foil, and follow the individual instructions on the back of the product.
Step 4
Use a hair dryer to heat the epoxy until it is soft and spreadable. Be careful to monitor the process, and do not overheat or scorch the product.
Step 5
Spread the epoxy over the damaged areas with a tongue depressor, wooden paint stir or clean piece of wood scrap. Overfill the cracks, and spread completely over damaged areas.
Step 6
Allow the epoxy to seal in over a 24-hour period. Use a hairdryer or heater to speed along the process.
Step 7
Use C-clamps to keep the board sealed, and leave on for 24 hours. For large cracks, let the board dry for at least 48 hours. If C-clamps are not available, use duct tape.
Step 8
After the epoxy has completed drying and you have carefully removed your C-clamps, sand your board. Take a small piece of worn sandpaper and wipe away excess epoxy. This will keep the board from catching on the snow.
Step 9
Wax your board. This will help smooth out your board and get rid of any additional epoxy buildup.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Carefully monitor your board after a repair to see if the epoxy is holding.

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