Finish the board and go surf it. Enjoy it for what it is and what it will do and try not the fret about coulda-woulda-shoulda. One thing building your own is going to teach you is that imperfect boards are fun to surf, too.
Deck laminated. Pretty awesome.
So when I botched the bottom lam I left the laps hanging and super free cut closer to the rail apex. Then when I pulled the tape that was intended for the cut lap, I was left with some zebra stripe resin pseudo-laps where I was pushing on the cloth but it came free, and also some flings and splatters in the deck which I elected to leave in. Some yellowing happened in middle where there was no tape during the week I was waiting on more resin and I just left it all under the irridescent coke bottle tinted 6+6.
Bottom is hot coated and roughly sanded. Need a light second bottom hot coat and deck hot coat this evening when it cools off, then if I'm feeling risky an attempt at something of a gloss come morning.
Kinda just rolling with this and patching it up. Turning out pretty solid actually, pic seems to kinda bulge more on the right hip but I think it's mostly the cam angle.
Dude, those laps look rad! Nice, you can just claim it was the intended design.
Love the shape - how wide does it get?
You'll love this thing underfoot, hoping you get it in the water soon.
You'll live and a nice save. Yes Volan is a butt kicker. It's heavy and soaks a lot of resin. Therefore the laps tend to droop on the opposite side. And you have to really hustle to get them completely saturated, Even when they are saturated completely, they still want to fall and pull away from the blank. Plain, simple gravity and the weight of the soaked cloth. I use a small white cotton roller to aid in getting the laps saturated. It also helps if you roll a little resin with your mini paint roller around the rail underneath. Helps the saturated cloth stick.
Thanks guys GoodDays I'll have to measure it but at the time of shaping around 22" I think, and whether I like it underfoot remains to be seen- the thing is a heavy beast very thick so it will probably be pretty boaty but I can't wait to see.
And nice advice McDing thanks, I also believe if I had stuck around and kept working it it might've adhered more, think I gave up a few minutes too early.
By the way McDing, I wasn't planning to unveil this till later, but I saved those scraps from the blank and have something nifty in mind so look out for that ha ha.
So I'm finishing the board as it cures, have more sanding left than I initially thought.
As you could imagine there are a few low spots that are staying shiny where my crappy hot coats didn't lay out.
My question is do I reeeaaaallly want to sand out all those little spots of surfacing agent? I don't care how it looks as you can also tell haha
So I'm considering mostly toxicity but feel free to raise any point.
Just want to get it in the wourder.
Only sureform and hand sanding- never again!
Please tell me they'll wash off first couple goes in the water.
If not I'm going to have to keep sanding...
which at this point probably will mean another coat on the deck which I really don't want to do lol.
Maybe I'll just take it to the shop and have them do that. I like glassing but I'm so done with this board! And the result will be better than me cutting all these corners.
Hey guys so went ahead and gloss coated The deck again, sanding it now.
Its feeling a bit tacky though and I'm getting these gummy flakes sticking everywhere it doesn't seem right.
Edit: solved - sanded through it, using water w a drop of dish soap for lube after which it would dust up proper when dry (as per the most obscure of archives). The board is FINALLY done (pertty sure heh its so beautiful) and next post will be the highly anticipated -and totally honest- RIDE REPORT. I know u guys are simply dying to know.
Lurking amongst the trumpet vine/nighttime visitors
It looks good from 6 feet away so it passes, that's all of us can really hope for (other than you pros). Waxing it up for the first time will feel great. Plus it lets you cover any fudge ups that would otherwise drive you nuts.
Send me your dinged, damaged, and yellowed.