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Advice on snowboard edge / topsheet

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Hi, I wonder if I could ask for your advice on the best way to repair a board topsheet that has started to bubble / come away from the turning edge on one of my boards.

There was always a little bubble / topsheet scrape repair in this location when I picked up the board (2nd hand).
But it was pretty small, no more than a cm or two.

After lending the board to a friend for his family ski holiday, it returned with the edge coming away, probably a length of about 4 inches now.
There's no ding or buckling to the metal edge that I can see, just the topsheet is moving away:



Everything is robustly solid, there's no flappyness or flex in the topsheet material in this area. But clearly there has been water penetration, and everything looks very nasty and crusty.
Clearly I need to scrape out the gap, and fill it with resin of some sort.

I wanted to know if anyone has done similar repairs in the past, and any reccomended products to use?

Is clamping this necessary if it's already pretty solid? The repair doesn't need to be uber-pretty, it just needs to be functional to stop the board getting worse.

Cheers! Smile
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
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Epoxy'n'clamp required. Use a slow cure flexible waterproof epoxy. Clamp for 48 hours.
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Cheers! I am clamped up and have some epoxy arriving soon. Wish me luck! Madeye-Smiley
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Repair in full effect, I'll leave the clamps on a few days, and meanwhile pray this holds! Very Happy

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So it's not the prettiest thing in the world, and my clamps have made a couple of slight circular indents in the topsheet, but that's OK - this board was never bought for looks anyway.

So far pretty happy with the result. The topsheet lift is gone and the resin is nice and solid. Where I trimmed away some excess with knife the resin has gone white, so I've left the smooth clear surface a little proud of the metal rail at the point where the lifting was worse - haven't bothered filing or sanding down.
I'll see how it fares with some flexing and cold conditions outdoors or at a snowdome soon!

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Well you're talking to the expert there.

I've repaired a board like this before, pretty much exactly as you did, except I used wooden shims to stop the clamps marking the board, which you now know about wink
In my case the repair was for the base (the bit the lifties bang into the metal racks) of a titanal board. The repair lasts a couple of seasons then needs doing again. Perhaps I'm using the wrong kind of epoxy.
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Cheers Phil - yep I hear ya. We'll just have to see how it goes. As this board is on the small side for me, I'm happy to relegate it to 'dome / dryslope / UK snow' riding. I have phatter sticks in my quivver for serious mountain pow-hunting.
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