Hey all - I'm in the process of building my second board. It's shaped similarly to a minidriver. Overall I'm super excited with how the shape is looking. I get a lot of inspiration from Almond Surfboards, so on Sunday I decided on a whim to try an epoxy foam stain using extra pigment left over from my last build. After pulling the tape I found some serious bleed through. I'm actually really stoked on the idea/pattern I came up with but the execution needs work. To be honest I kind of like that the board is a reflection of my learning curve. I sealed the blank with a light layer of fast'nfinal and then sanded with 220 until almost all of the spackle was gone. She looked/felt great. I taped off with scotch tape and mixed a batch of RR epoxy with leftover teal pigment and some additive F. Put the stain on with a brush similarly to a hotcoat. My questions: 1. Would using better tape avoid this problem in the future? Is it just unavoidable? I used scotch general purpose masking tape - I feel like something higher quality may have stretched/conformed better to the eps irregularities. It was also pretty hot/humid that day so the epoxy was thin and the tape may have not bonded completely to the foam. 2. Does anyone do lighter 2 ounce fiberglass patches for colorwork (similar to a fabric inlay but with pigmented fiberglass instead)? I've been working exclusively with epoxy so far - I feel like lighter weight fiberglass stains might be an easy way to achieve cool colorwork. 3. Should I lightly sand the stain prior to lamination? Should I baste the edges similarly to a freelap? It's been more than 24 hours since the foam stain so bonding may be an issue. I honestly don't think it will be. 4. Somewhat unrelated - I weighed the blank prior to any foam stain and came up with 1395 grams (1.4kg). Using foam density of 2 pounds per cubic foot I calculated my board to be nearly 44 liters. According to boardcad it should be 35. I took a fair amount of foam out of the rails/deck/bottom so I'm pretty sure it's much closer to 35 liters than 44. Has anyone weighed their boards and done density calcs to find their actual board volume? I'd be interested to find out if you guys are finding similar variances. For reference the board is 6'2" x 20.5 x 2.75. I considered cutting a small 1"x1"x1" block and weighing to find the true density but my scale doesn't have the appropriate accuracy. It's plausible I didn't get an accurate weight off of my scale. FYI - This board is for me. I'm not planning on shaping for anyone else until I build some skill/confidence. No loss if things aren't perfect right now. Thanks everyone for reading and any help you may be able to provide!