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GarryW



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 11:08 am    Post subject: Repairing a Windsurfer One Design Reply with quote

I recently picked up a complete Windsurfer One Design setup with a really cool Sunkist Soda sail. The only problem is that the board is cracked. Does anyone know of a way of repairing it?
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might try P-Tex, like one would repair snow skis or snowboards. I serious doubt that epoxy products will bond to roto-molded polyethylene plastic.
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noshuzbluz



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try this
http://www.marinetex.com/marinetexepoxyputty.html

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MattD



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently picked up a plastic welder to fix up our busted long boards (PP and PE plastics). Probably a bit expensive for a one off repair, though ($150).
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GarryW



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I thought about trying p-tex. I'll give it a try. As for Marinetex I think it's too brittle when dry.
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noshuzbluz



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No not brittle. It's hard as nails but swchandler was right.

What does Marine-Tex NOT adhere to?
Plastics like polyethylene and polypropylene, and also any unclean, oily, greasy, or otherwise contaminated surface.

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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Used to repair many polyethelene and propolene production kayaks with a hot air gun, hot glue gun, and some glue. Heat both sides close to melting temperature before applying the hot glue.
Did not work well with roto linked polyester, but worked for the softer stuff.
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noshuzbluz



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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just found this on the Marin Tex site. It sounds like it will do the trick!
http://www.marinetex.com/marinetexflexset.html

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Boardhead1



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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might want to have a look at West Systems Epoxy.
Gflex http://www.westsystem.com/ss/g-flex-epoxy It will fix just about anything. Hope this helps. Mike
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razdog00



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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it is just a crack or two and not structural, try 3M 5200 found at boating supply shops (West marine). Stuff is tough to work with because it gets on everything so mask off the areas and work it in with an expired credit card and wear gloves and expendable clothing. Flexible and impenetrable when cured.
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