Paddleboarding is an exciting activity. However, the principal devices, paddleboards, aren’t cheap. The prices could increase depending on the quality, design, and type of manufacturers. Once you get an ideal choice, another concern kicks in, damages. They could arise due to neglect, accidents, or wear and tear. When your paddleboard can no longer serve you, what do you do? Throw it away? It might seem like the best option, but do you have money in-store to get a new one? Well, there is another way out of this hurdle, refinishing. Through careful considerations, you can retouch your old paddleboard and bring it back to life. You can undertake the task alone or seek professional help. The first step is getting the basics.
Refinishing a paddleboard isn’t a walk in the park. Although you might find a tutorial on the internet, you still need to assemble all the necessary materials. The list below comprises the essential items.
- Sand Paper.
- Acrylic Spray paint.
- Hot water.
- Paddleboard wax.
- Old Newspapers.
- Spray paint.
With the above items, you can start. The first step is to dry your paddleboard. Before refinishing, ensure it hasn’t been in the water for at least a week. Please put it in the sun and let it dry thoroughly. A more extended period is also better. If you start the job while the paddleboard is still wet, the results will not be appealing. Bubbles will begin forming on the finish, and in the long run, it will take you back to the original or even worse problem. Once it has sufficiently dried, get down to cleaning. Most people prefer to paddleboard in the ocean. The waters contain sand and other materials like debris and leaves that cling to your devices. Clean it as much as possible and get rid of all unwanted materials. Check on the edges and remove all the sand and dirt. The rag will do a perfect job in this case. Use hot water and a little soap to get rid of any stains. Once it is clean up to standard, lay it out in the sun to dry. Place down the old newspapers to keep the work clean. A 30 minutes period is sufficient for the paddleboard to be ready. Also, exposure to the sun allows the wax to weaken. The removal process will become shorter and smoother. When the time lapses, begin wax removal. You can use a plastic piece or an old credit card to eliminate the old wax safely. Upon completion, throw it in the bin to avoid littering. Lastly, use a dry rug to remove all the loose bits.
The next phase of refinishing is using the wax remover. Although the plastic will do the work, it won’t be a clean job. Use another rag to carefully apply the wax remover on the parts where it is stuck. It will take a minute or two before it all becomes loose. Wipe it all away using acetone to give it a perfect finishing. Acetone works magic. Wipe the board all the way and on the sides carefully. One caution to consider is that you should work in an open or well-ventilated area. Also, stay away from fires. Wax remover is strong and can choke you. Acetone has the characteristic of being inflammable. At this stage, the paddleboard should appear dull.
The next step involves sanding. It would help if you worked with suitable sandpaper. Otherwise, your efforts will be futile. Anything between 220 to 300 grit will work just fine. Sand the entire device while paying more attention to the rough patches. Do a thorough job but ensure you do not use so much force. It might cause more damages. Do the job progressively until the surface is even, then dust off using a smooth brush. Use the acrylic spray paint with the color of your choice to make the painting job efficient. Let the paddleboard stay overnight for the finish to dry thoroughly. Although there is an option of using a brush, spray paint is more convenient and less messy. Spray the device and let it dry between each coat. You should apply at least three coats. Focus on making the coats thin instead of thick. Four thin rounds are better than one thick application. Please leave it to dry.
The paint should seal the material. Whether the composition is epoxy or wood, there shouldn’t be any visible material after painting. If the wood had begun rotting, ensure you make replacements before you start the job. The last step is waxing. Apply a thin layer of base coat followed by the primary product. Cover the entire surface to give it a perfect finish.
If you follow the instructions mentioned above, you will end up with a brand new paddleboard. The choice of materials depends on the base materials of the device. Either way, the steps are the same, and you have a guarantee of saving money.