Post by jensen1031 on Jun 26, 2015 10:13:22 GMT -5
Working through adding some attachments to the board before the gloss coat. First I added two plugs at the tip for a go-pro camera. One is a FCS mount for the adapter, and the other is a leash in case it gets ripped out. I also added the leash plug at the back of the board and a handle at mid board. Pics on those later.
Fin went on pretty easy last night. Started to sand it down this AM, but that heavy duty plastic is a bear to shave. Need to fill in a little more epoxy on the gaps, but only minor.
Top deck got sanded down ahead of the gloss coat. Last thing that I need to do is add the tie down areas in the front and back of the board for an eventual cooler/fishing setup. Should be ready for next weekend (I hope)
Hey everyone. I hope you all had a happy July 4th (for those stateside). Im happy to announce that my SUP had her maiden voyage this weekend and she didn’t sink ! Check out attached pics of the launch.
Transporting was interesting as the board was about the size of my car and I have a 2.5 hour drive to the beach from my house. We made it, albeit slowly.
The board is essentially done, however I found that after sanding (see schedule below) she was smooth as silk, but didn’t have that mirror finish that I was expecting like when you first put on the epoxy. For that reason, I am actually going to put one final light coat, just to make it shimmer. And at this point, what is an extra pound!
All of the tie downs worked well, however the handle I made is too shallow. It needs to go at least to your second knuckle or you can’t grip it for a long time. Lesson learned.
She rode fantastic. I think the balance is good and she chopped through waves (1-2’) in the bay better than my wife’s foam board.
I had terrible grip when I was wearing those water socks, but much better with bare feet. However, I think I am still going to add a small pad for that extra traction.
I kept a log of the epoxy/resin and sanding that I did because I think that is one bit of info that has been missing from a lot of posts. My main source of info has been many of the threads on this site…..however the following links were AMAZING, especially the Surfer Steve link. www.surfersteve.com/epoxy.htm - I purchase my epoxy and glass from Surfsource.net (all in about $300). Bought foam rollers and foam brushes and other items he listed at local hardware store for about $25. The list he gives is very accurate…..but I would buy more foam brushes.
Epoxy/Glass Usage Resin Hardener Time/Comment Starting Amount (oz.) 128 64 NA Cheat Coat Bottom 6 3 12:00 Cheat Coat Top 6 3 12:45 Laminate Bottom (1 layer of glass – free lap method) 12 6 32:00 (2 batches mixed) Laminate Top (2 layers of glass – free lap method) 20 10 30:07 (2 batches mixed) – a lot of waste Fill Bottom 6 3 11:00 Fill Top 6 3 13:30 Leash Plug / Tie Downs (8) / GoPro plug and leash / Handle / Fin 1 1/2 X10 batches total. Varying times Gloss Bottom 8 4 24:45 (3 batches mixed) Gloss Top 8 4 18:35 (2 batches mixed) Remaining (oz) 46 23
Sanding Schedule Grit 1 Grit 2 Grit 3 Grit 4 Comment Cheat Coat NA NA NA NA Laminate Coat 60 100 NA NA Rough to remove sharp edges at lap line Fill Coat 100 150 220 NA Very tedious – get everything as smooth as possible now Gloss Coat 150 220 300(by hand) 400 wet(by hand) Gloss Coat (rd. 2) NA NA NA NA Get that mirror finish (hopefully)
So this is essentially the closing email for this on my end. I will post a couple of images of the final SUPER GLOSS finish. I am also almost done with the oar as well. Father in law is doing some amazing carving on it. Until then, thank you all for your support with all of this. It was great reading your experiences, and I had a really good time keeping this “diary” of the project. Take care.
Looks great and just as good in the water too - well done my friend.
Re the last coat of epoxy you intend to put on. The epoxy needs a coat of varnish either standard marine or 2 pack to protect it from UV, this will also bring back the deep gloss shine. I don't think you put any on by the sound of it!. I use 2k auto lacquer and spray it on or get a body shop to do it for you as it's not very healthy stuff. Unfortunately you can't roll it on and tip it off successfully as it dries way too quick.
Hope this help. Take care, enjoy your beautiful board and don’t get a hernia!!
TIMBO! Thanks for getting back to me. Just the person i was looking to hear from. Great call on the lacquer or varnish. Im inclined to go varnish just because I am more familiar with it, and the fact that I have a quart of the Gloss Minwax Helmsman right in my garage. That is Waterproof and UV proof and allows me to paint it on vs. spray which I am not used to.
Regarding the paddle....that is in the hand of my father in law. He is an amazing wood carver and he is putting some work into it now. im hoping to get it back soon. In the meantime I am renting a paddle from the local surf shop. Will post once done, but it looks amazing.
Hey everyone, as promised here are some final images now that the high gloss finish is all done. I brought the board out this past weekend for one of the best sunsets I have seen on the bay this year. Water was beautiful with a breeze coming off the ocean side of the island. Loved having people stop me on the beach to ask how I made it. Proud papa!
Couple of final points for anyone just starting their board
1) Ive decided that the foam interior was a COMPLETE waste of time/money in my opinion and god knows how much weight I added. It is a bear to carry around. More so than I ever could have imagined. After having the board out for a day, I noticed the wood bulging out in a few areas, just to find out that the air was expanding even with the foam. The wood calmed down once I brought it into the garage. Ultimately I added 2 gore-tex vents to the board (one about 1/3 length from the nose, other on the tail). On my next board I will not be using the foam. Hollow interior and I will give it a quick coat of epoxy.
2) I made a quick paddle as I am waiting for the fancy one to be done. It worked EXCELLENT. It is the cedar wood with a pine staff. I stained it a deep cherry so that it all looks like the same grain. Put on one coat of epoxy/glass, a fill coat, and then a gloss coat. I need to sand it a bit and add a better handle. For the time being I used athletic tape for grip, but I am going to do some nice knotwork and then gloss over everything. Will post those pics later.
Enjoy the final pics of the board and especially the 2 sunset images. Those two images alone made almost a year of work worth it. Thanks everyone.