Top lam done. Went smoother than the bottom.
Double 4 on top with an extra layer of reinforcing on rails around the back foot.
Singl 4 on bottom with a 4 fin patch , 450 grams resin 535 grams of resin
For the first time in a long time I had the perfect amount of resin in one go, both sides. Filler coats today.
Biggest issue is that the entropy brt resin is old, has been sitting in the shed for close to two years since I bought it. And the optical brighteners in it that usually transform the yellowish raw resin into the iridescent blue tinted resin on the board seem to have gone. So the board seems a little pre yellowed. But that's actually kinda fitting.
The artwork is kinda like the wounded heart onnthe bottom.and a weird abstract representation of the landscape on the deck.
@reclaim_surf formerly Skatement
(Adam) Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia
Got to do the filler coat today. I tried to do the resin edge and a resin dam on the tail at the same time as the bottom filler coat. Ended up with a huge resin dam and not enough on the edge hahha.
Meant that I had to clean up the dam cause it was like deadly weapon. Pulled out the belt sander and hammered down. Think I'll sand it now and then try to do a resin edge after that.
For the first time I put some styrene and wax in the epoxy hot coat after reading some technical info bert Berger had posted on facebook.
Put just over 2% in the mix. With the wax onnthe top i don't want to put a resin edge on till I sand it off. Anyway. See what happens
Well its so close now I can almost taste it.
I have done the bulk of the sanding, my medium sanding pad has the worse wobble in it, it's the biggest disapointment in my tools. I purchased it a few years ago from a reputable supplier and its been a constant issue, I thought at first it was my cheap sander polisher but I have since used it on other peoples machines and it does the same thing.
As you can see by the pic on the bottom it leves deep grooves, kinda like currugations... I have since attacked it with a sanding block and 80 grit to get them out. There is lots of weave visible but I dont care, I may just put another sealer coat or I might just hit it with a satin acrylic.
Well it's done, I gave it a run in some 2-3 foot, rippy, very sloppy, wind effected waves, caught three, got a bit of a feel for it, paddles like a boss, comes off the bottom nicely. Haven't put a tail pad on it to let me feel where my back foot is. I managed to get 2 or 3 half carves and one nice foam snap re-entry thing. Just enough to tease me as to what it might do in good waves.
I'm liking the feel in the hand of the rail combined with the smooth chine on the bottom edge.
Allows heaps of volume through the board and a subtle rail, and hopefully lets it handle the chop of wind effected conditions.
Woo-hoo!!! Pretty much doesn't get any better than that. Well done, have a pint to celebrate!!
Cheers buddy. Love your work.
I ended up finishing it off with a significant amount of hand sanding to remove swirls and corrugations. Started with 80 grit a sanding block and then 120, 180, 240 then 600.
Then did a sealer coat with a spray can of satin acrylic. For the Aussies I used white knight, brand from Bunnings, I usually lie to use dura max by dulux but Noosa Bunnings doesn’t stock it.
Then after it dries a fin wet and rub down with 600, it came out pretty good. Cept for a few bubbles here and there, when I showed it ot my mate from factory surfboards he said the sanding job was so good he was never sanding a board for me again. Pretty chuffed on that, of course I then preceded to tell him all the thing wrong with it.
OH, AND FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE STUCK WITH IT SO FAR THIS IS THE KEEPER!!!
Using standard wax and styrene actually works a treat with epoxy filler coats. Many have said it shouldn’t be done but after reading a bit of stuff from bert berger (if you know, you know) and a message from Yorky. I got some and did a mix of around 2-3% and it was super successful. Even for a total novice with crappy equipment.
As far as doing what it’s designed for its definitely a winner. Second surf in soft slightly wind effected (8-10 kt side shore).
Gets in nice and early.
Lots of foam for a 5' 8".
The heavy nose concave and the chined rail seem to negate any issue with the lack of rocker in the nose so far. There is a definitely a huge burst of speed of the first toe side rail pump. On the backhand (we are only talking two very poor quality waves.) It came around really nice and I got a really fun drive carve back into the pocket where speed was created through the cut back and not lost.
The extra nimble squirt when my back foot is over the fins is very noticeable, but you can be in front of the tail pad and get a more cruisy high line hippy drive (as in driven by the hips forward and not flower power) happening too.
There was one front side turn I tried to do under the super soft lip where the fins popped out and the board flew away from me, a combination of my bad technique and the lack of V in the tail. (I would have liked more V)
But I made it around several sections that surprised me and the people dropping in on me as I zoomed up beside them with a big smile on my face.
Trying to add some pics that show the bottom contours and the way the soft chined rail looks. It seems to help smooth out textured surface of the waves significantly.
In surfing it you are not likely to get super tight pocket surfing due to the lack of rocker, but I didn’t make it for that, I wanted a fun small wave board to go fast in week waves and get flying when I take it to a point break. Winning.
Recycled everything is rad.
The aboriginal tribute artwork is well, appreciated but the few people I have shown it to.
It will be interesting to try different fins.
That has been a truly outstanding effort Adam. Thanks for the inspiration to get a similar, but different, little beast of my own started.
Cheers buddy, I'm super stoked on your build.