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raffar



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:58 pm    Post subject: Startboard Formula Wood restore Reply with quote

Hi all,

The kids' 135 Startboard formula board has faded a lot. It's lost most of the gloss by now and in some places it's gone deeper. No dings or water damage though, thanks God.

Any tips on what can I do to restore it to the original look, or more importantly to protect it?

Thank you,

RAF
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I understand, you'll get the best results with an epoxy designed for soaking into the wood. What I would do is go to the Starboard website and ask Roger Jackson on their forum. He could give you the details you would need to consider. Also, you might checkout The Boardlady's website.
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dogalone



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i had great luck with simple old liquid polyurethane, brushed on a lightly sanded/cleaned surface [on the top]; might have done better to sprinkle some acrylic foam dust before it set up though. it is easy to touch up, and appears to work well.

on the bottom i used the penetrating epoxy, and a second coat of lightly pigmented 'regular' epoxy. that seems to have solved the problem of the fractured grain; may even get around to some teflon bottom paint after some judicious sanding
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dogalone



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AND FURTHERMORE!! ALWAYS USE APPROPRIATE FILTRATION WHEN WORKING WITH KNOWN-TO-BE HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS !!!!!!!!!!!!

the process works, but the happy user dies of brutal cancer......
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dennis_c



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It comes down to how much work you want to do and which chemicals you are willing to deal with. When I needed to refinish the wood on my Carve 90 I asked the Boardlady for the easiest, least toxic method. She advised me to use a high quality, uv-resistant marine varnish, which I purchased locally from West Marine. I brushed on 3 coats (perhaps overkill) and sanded between coats. After the 4th coat I sprinkled on some acrylic dust from Fiberglass Supply Inc. (The painted portion of the deck was still grippy.) It came out great, tho a little darker and glossier than original.
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coachg



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To keep the wood from fading do not leave out in the sun when not in use. Also, after using leave the board out of the bag for a day in your garage to allow the board to fully dry. Storing a wet wood board in a board bag will also fade the wood. Think about what happens to a brand new fence that gets hit by sprinklers every day. Same thing will happen to your board if left wet in a bag.

Coachg
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry.
I thought it was the fiberglass and epoxy resin that faded, not the wood.
The wood is supposed to stay dry.
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To avoid any confusion, Starboard boards with wood decks don't include any fiberglass over the wood. In production they use a penetrating epoxy to seal-off the Australian Pine.
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G/F has a wood Futura and a wood F162.
Is it the wood that fades, or is it the layer of whatever material used to seal the wood that fades?
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raffar



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coachg: Good point on leaving it in the bag when wet.

I have a feeling that the protective gloss also fades/degrades.
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