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Old 03-08-2010, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All -

I'm new to owning a snowboard, so I figured I'd ask in hopes that someone can help me out.

I picked up a 158 Arbor Element about 2 weeks ago and hit the mountain with it for the fist time this past Saturday. Getting off the lift, another rider came into me with his board and put a huge chip / gouge on the tail edge of my board. It tore into the top sheet and lifted up a piece of it up pretty badly.

Since I've never owned a snowboard before, I've had plenty of rentals with chips and gouges all over, and I've never really had a problem with them. This being my own gear tho, I figured it's probably best to try to fix it somehow, or get it fixed.

Any ideas of what I should do? I've read that gouges can be fixed with epoxy, but I'm not sure if that would work on the edge.

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Old 03-08-2010, 03:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Epoxy the Gouge then sand it down until it's relatively flat then color it in with a sharpie.

Or you could just slap on a sticker and call it a day.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i would go with the epoxy as it will make sure the tear wont get any larger and create a seal if your core is exposed. i did mine on the edge and filed down the excess when it dried and it was fine. since its on the tail end, it wont affect you edgewise.
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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1. Clean crud out (if any) best you can by any means available to you, without making it worse of course. Sand/cut/file down any rough parts sticking out.
2. Marine grade 2 part epoxy (8$ home depot, k-mart wtv) - will last you like 50+ repairs.
3. Apply epoxy, clamp down, have beer, wait 1-2 days. (apply epoxy with a toothpick for the cleanest job)
4. File down excess with metal file and/or 180 grit sandpaper.

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Old 03-09-2010, 04:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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It might be good to clamp it too when glueing.

In general it doesn't matter that much if the wood is not exposed. But if the flap has a chance to creep up to the wood...then you can either break it off or epoxy it. I thought fiberglass epoxy was the thing to use. What's the marine one do? Salt water resistance?

Oh, and get used to it. I was once standing still while this guy was comming at me from a mile away. I thought he was gonna turn at the last moment at least but he just runs accross my board. LOL. He was prolly concentrating so hard to edge that he didn't even see me.

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Old 03-09-2010, 04:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by btrider View Post
Any ideas of what I should do? I've read that gouges can be fixed with epoxy, but I'm not sure if that would work on the edge.
Gouges on the base are fixed with PTEX candles. If it's a hard sintered base you may need pro work to make it like new if that matters.
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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marine epoxy is more flexible.
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