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epoxy protection?

Ok so I just bought a brand new beautiful 2009 Arbor Element. Long story short, I'd like to keep it that way, and that is one tall order. So my question: can i apply a coat of epoxy on top of my board to protect it? if so what kind? slow cure, marine grade, etc.. Would that mess with the board's flex? Would it feel any different?

thanks in advance for any help you can give me!!

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Arbor Topsheet Maintenance
Our full-length Wood-top boards can show more dings and scratches than other
plastic-top boards. This does not mean they are more easily damaged, just that
the damage is more readily noticeable. This is a result of their higher gloss
finish and the overall impact of damaging the beautiful wood.
HOWEVER — Arbor’s wood-top boards can be repaired, which is not possible with
any plastic topped board. You can maintain the finish through the seasons.
It is important to note that the wood topsheet material has been completely
impregnated with resin. It cannot take on, nor be damaged by water no mater how
much of the protective coating is removed.
The protective coating, which we call the "Photofusion Finish" is evolving. We
are finding ways to make it stronger and more scratch resistant with every new
line. Nevertheless, the protective coating from each season is created from the
same base formulation, which is similar in its properties to an automotive clear
coat. This means that the boards can be polished, buffed, repaired, and even
So get into fixing your board — it’s easy to keep it looking nice. Here is
what to do:

For shallow scratches and scuffs purchase a polish from your local auto parts
store. Follow the instructions to simply buff out these blemishes.

For deeper scratches, scuffs, and dings purchase a scratch remover or rubbing
compound from your local auto parts store. Follow the instructions to reduce or
eliminate the appearance of minor wounds to your board. Finish the job by
polishing and/or waxing the area.

For the deepest scratches and dings sanding will be required. Before
starting, make sure the affected area is dry, then sand being careful to only
remove the damaged finish and clean up the marred wood. It is possible to sand
through the wood top if you are not careful. We recommend using 220 grit
sandpaper. Once you have finished prepping the damaged area apply a thin layer
of Varathane or a similar UV resistant urethane based coating. Let dry, lightly
sand and apply an additional layer. Note: It is better to apply multiple thin
layers than one thick layer. Once the repair is flush with the original surface
of the board, wet sand with a fine wet/dry sandpaper and/or polish the area in
order to blend the repair into the existing finish. Finally, wax to bring up the


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