WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TAKE THE GLASS OFF A BOARD? I AM THINKING OF RESTORUNG A OLD BOARD.
Hi I can't do it without losing 1/8th" of foam, and chunks as deep as 3/4th". So I lose lots of foam. If your starting point is thick enough, you can maybe salvage something out of it. Sand the rails off, first, then peel up the top and bottom.
i tried stripping 1 of my old boards, it basically ruined it ,it was a short board with alot of ding repair so the ammount uf foam i lost made it to thin,narrow, and everything else....but what did work fo me was sanding down till the cloth was thin , then using a hand planer to peel off the remainder. but i lost big chunks off the rails , the foam sees to like to stick to the glassed cloth in that area.
The best way to restore a board most definitely does not involve taking off the old glass.
Scott, Take it off in 1 inch increments the length of the board. First sand the board down to the weave, then take a dremel tool with the cutting disc around the rails. Some times the entire deck and bottom come off after going this, it's like a popping a car hood if your lucky. If not just start peeling the 1 inch long strips off the board. But be warned you will have to either fill the tearout voids or re-skin the deck and bottom. If you don't mind me asking, why not just make a new board? -Jay
Thank you for your suggestion by the sounds of it it is a lot of hastle. I just had back surgery so I need something to pass the time. I just might shape my own board.
Well what would be the best way. The other thing I was thinking of doing was sanding it down a little bit, painting it with some sort of paint and putting a gloss coat on it. Making it a wall hanger, it is not one but maybey just for practice while my back is healing from my surgery
Hi Scott, Yeah, if you're going to make a wall hanger out of it, then sanding the really cobby bits and painting is one way to go. The thing is, I really don't know what you're up against. But first, how about this. I've seen a lot of restoration or repair attempts started and somebody tried doing major surgery, like sawing out pieces or ripping off the glass...and that sort of drastic measures turned out to be way, way overkill and making what could have been a simple repair into a long, difficult and lousy job. Most of the time something less drastic would have worked fine. I remember one guy - he must have gotten a router for christmas or something. He routed hell out of a board that had a crunched fin box, making a simple repair into a major project. Another guy, banged up nose on his board, he cut it off and wanted to try to make another one. Hooboy.... So, what I'll suggest is this: take some pictures of the thing and post 'em here. Then, we can mebbe give you some ideas that'd work easier and better. hope that's of use. Sorry about your back, man, I kinda tweaked mine last week and I can kinda feel for you. doc..............
Cool thank you very much. I will try to post them sometime tomorrow. Like I said it is just a beater. But I figuerd it would be good practice and something to pass the time. The reason I said practice is because a friend of mine is giving me a old G&S longboard and was going to try to make it a wall hanger depending on the condition of it. Tahnks Doc
You know it's funny that Doc mentioned the router. I used a router to strip the glass off a board and for the most part it worked really well. I have a DeWalt Plunge/Vacuum router that performs REALLY precise "flycuts". You can literally set the depth of cut for one, or two, layers of cloth (about .007" per layer). Domed decks and rails are done similarly, row by row, nose to tail direction along lines of similar convexity(?). Use tweezers to lift out pressure dings. Depending upon how "beat" the board is, this stripping method can be very revealing (no pun intended). I found with a little luck, I was able to keep logos intact. On the down side, it takes a little while to do the job. Delam areas also get a bit ugly. You'll have to be the judge on a board restoration's worthwhileness...
De nada- the good news is that the G&Ss were all relatively well made boards, so if it's not completely toast it may well be worth fixing up as a 'user'. I was afraid you were going to say you had an old Dextra or something - and I have seen attempts to restore those to what some might call their former glory. hope that's of some use doc........