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gulfcoasted 08-16-2014 10:31 PM

Adding fiberglass to snowboards
Hello all,

I'm an intermediate rider and am comfortable on some of the less gnarly blacks in North Carolina. My question however is the experience of people adding layers of fiberglass to stiffin a board up? I have a glissade crap 158 that I love but would like to increase the torsional stiffness.

I have shaped and glassed a couple surfboards and the principles aren't really any different. Basically just asking if anyone has tried this before!


Nivek 08-16-2014 10:57 PM

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Just buy a new board. This is not worth doing.

ETM 08-16-2014 11:01 PM

Doable but not easy.
You would need to sand off the top sheet as nothing will stick to it, add some glass at 45/45 and vacuum bag it

gulfcoasted 08-16-2014 11:16 PM

Eh it's not really a monetary issue, just trying to keep an older board alive.

ETM- would free lamming it not work? I was just thinking use a heavier weight volan cloth or a nicer heavy S glass at 10 oz

Nivek 08-16-2014 11:32 PM

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It's a matter of getting the resin and glass to stick to your topsheet. Also you might have to find longer insert bolts as you'll be raising your binding some.

You have no clue what it will do to the ride quality of your snowboard. Keep like it is and get a new one.

ETM 08-17-2014 12:25 AM

Lol WTF????^^^^^
You might increase the thickness by 0.8mm. Thats less than a single thread on a m6x1.0 insert.

Free laminating will work but you wont get that clean finish

gulfcoasted 08-17-2014 09:45 AM

That's about what I figured, not a big deal to me versus building a vac bag setup. She's pretty ugly anyways. Guess I'll let it lie for this season and give it a shot next summer

Nivek 08-17-2014 10:26 AM

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Could you stiffen it back up? Maybe yeah. But you're not "brining it back to life". You're also going to deaden the ride. It'll be stiffer in the planky way.


Originally Posted by ETM (Post 1782449)
Lol WTF????^^^^^
You might increase the thickness by 0.8mm. Thats less than a single thread on a m6x1.0 insert.

You also have to take into account how deep his inserts already are or if he has a binding setup like some Rome's and Flux's that have a hard time grabbing inserts regardless. And it depends on whether or not it gets vac-bagged. If it does the lift will be minimal and not likely an issue. If he just lays is and sands it he could gain 2-3 mm.

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